Common Questions Parents in Florida Ask Regarding Child Support
When a parent is ordered to pay child support or expects to receive it, they may have several questions that have been left unanswered by the court. Many find that the court provides them with vague or confusing information so to help clear things up for you, below we are addressing some of the most commonly asked questions parents in Florida have regarding child support.
How can a parent make a child support payment?
Child support payments can be made in a few different ways. For example, you can mail your child support payment to the Florida State Disbursement Unit which is located at:
PO Box 8500
Tallahassee, FL 32314-8500
On your check, you will want to include your name, the name of the person who you are paying, the child support case number, and the court case number if you have it available. Another way you can make a child support payment is by visiting fl.smartchildsupport.com and submitting it online. Now, if your child support order includes an Income Deduction Order, then the Child Support Program will request that your employer take your child support payments out of your check and provide it to them.
How long will it generally take before a child support order is issued in Florida?
If you submitted a request to receive child support, the Florida Department of Revenue says that it can take anywhere between four to nine months before an order is issued. Some of the reasons why your order may take longer to process include:
The department is unable to locate the parent who you are seeking support from.
The parent has not provided the department with their income or employment information.
The parent lives in another state or country.
Am I able to modify my current child support order?
You are able to submit a request to have your child support order modified, however, to increase your chances of getting the courts to actually make the changes you are wanting, it is recommended that you hire a Hollywood, FL child support attorney to assist you with this.
How are child support payments determined in the state of Florida?
Your child support payments will be determined using certain information some of which include:
The number of children you have.
Your income and that of your child’s other parent.
Your child or children’s needs.
The cost of health insurance, uninsured medical expenses, and child care.
Aside from using this information, child support payments are also determined using the guidelines outlined in Florida Statute §61.30. If you would like to find out how much child support you are going to be required to pay or how much you are entitled to collect, contact The Law Offices of Jodie Bassichis, P.A. and speak with FL child support attorney Jodie Bassichis.
When will a child support order stop?
While most child support orders stop when a child reaches the age of 18, there are circumstances where a parent will be required to continue paying even after the child reaches this age. Some of these include:
Your support order stipulates that support be provided after your child reaches the age of 18.
Your child is disabled.
You are behind on your child support payments.
The support order was issued in another state where child support continues even after a child reaches the age of 18.
Your child is still in high school but will graduate before they turn 19.
Now, if you have any other child support-related questions or are dealing with an issue, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule a consultation. Attorney Jodie Bassichis is here to address any questions or concerns you might have and even provide you with legal representation should you need it.
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