Back Child Support in Florida
by Nicole from Largo, Florida, Pinellas County
Can I take the non custodial parent to court for owing back child support in Florida that is supposed to be paid legally through the state?
Answer to Florida Child Support Question
The Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) is the agency designated to collect and enforce child support.
Their phone number is 1-800-622-5437. My suggestion is to follow the prompts on the phone menu until you speak to a live person.
Explain to the representative that you want DOR to enforce your child support payments.
Or you can go online and request child support enforcement services.
If you are receiving public assistance there is no need to apply, as they are already aware of your child support case.
Information about child support and child support enforcement can be found on the DOR's website
. The website for the Department of Revenue states the following:Every child has the right to financial and medical support from both parents. Our goal is to assure families receive the child support they need and deserve.
The services we provide include locating parents, establishing paternity, and establishing, enforcing and modifying support orders.
Our services are available if a parent lives in another state or country. We do not establish or enforce visitation or custody.
Any parent or custodian of a dependent child who is not receiving public assistance may apply for Child Support Services. Any parent or caretaker who is owed child support arrears may also apply for services.
You must submit a completed application for child support services. Only one application is required, even when there are multiple noncustodial parents or alleged fathers.
In the circumstance of multiple noncustodial parents or alleged fathers, a parent information form must be completed for
each additional parent or alleged father.
Please read the application instructions prior to completing the Application for Child Support Services and the Additional Parent Information Form(s). The DOR Application for Child Support states they will:
- Find the other parent
- Get paternity established
- Get an order for child support or medical support
- Send you payments we collect
- Review and change the amount of support ordered
- Review available information we have to be sure the support amount is based on the income of both parents
- Use the state’s guidelines to calculate the amount of support to be paid
- Tell you if you are not cooperating with us.
- We will give you a chance to help us before we close your case.
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Answer provided by Kenneth Diaz, (800) 868-3010, Florida Court Forms © 2015
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