Florida Child Support Arrears
by Anonymous from Florida
My husband currently owes arrears on his child support order for two children from a previous marriage.
The eldest child turned 18 in 2008 and the other is getting ready to turn 18 this year in May 2011.
He has been paying $500 a month since the order has been in place and that has not changed even though the older child is 18.
My question is what can be done about the arrears owed? Can we petition to pay the children directly? And if he has to still pay the full amount of arrears what can we do to decrease the amount of his income deduction?
He is has been still paying current child support and as I stated before his oldest child has been 18 for 3 years.
Answer to Florida Child Support Question
Your first step is to find out whether the Department of Revenue's (DOR) accounting is correct. If he has been paying child support for his eldest child beyond the age of majority, is that amount being applied to the arrears?
He can also go to the Department of Revenue
website, and complete the Request for Review of Child Support Order. To find that form go to the Child Support Section, and then look for Forms and Publications.
Child support orders can be reviewed every three years, and more often if there is a substantial change in circumstances.
There is no way to reduce the amount owed on the arrears, besides getting it paid off.
As far as paying the child support directly to the children, it is doubtful unless their mother agrees to it.
The theory is that the children somehow were housed and fed without the child support, and the arrears pay her back for taking care of the children without it.Notice:
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