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Government works to improve child support collection

Unpaid child support and delinquent parents can be a major financial burden for many families in Florida, especially when that support is necessary to pay the bills and make ends meet for the children. Because unpaid support can have such a detrimental effect on children's lives, child support enforcement is a priority for federal and state agencies. One system that has successfully improved the collection of delinquent child support has been the use of automatic payroll withdrawals to support a child support obligation. The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) oversees this process among state agencies involved.

Why do I have to pay child support?

It is public policy in the state of Florida that both parents shall be liable for the financial responsibilities of raising a child, regardless of whether they are currently married, romantically involved, divorced or otherwise estranged. As such, Florida family court judges have the authority to establish a child support order to compel a non-custodial parent to support the custodial parent in raising the child.

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