On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
When it comes to the complexities of child support, many parents find themselves navigating a maze of legal obligations and uncertainties, particularly after a divorce. It’s crucial to understand the nuances of these obligations, especially in states like Florida where specific rules apply.
The End of Child Support: Not Always at 18
In Florida, a common misconception is that child support obligations end when a child turns 18. While this is generally true, there are notable exceptions. For instance, if a child has not graduated from high school by their 18th birthday, the non-custodial parent may be required to continue support payments until the child’s 19th birthday. Moreover, in cases where a child has a disability that prevents self-support, these obligations can extend indefinitely.
Collecting Overdue Child Support
The journey doesn’t end when a child reaches the age of majority or graduates high school. Custodial parents retain the right to collect overdue child support. This process, however, requires a court order. Once obtained, various methods, such as wage garnishment or liens on personal property, can be utilized to collect overdue payments. It’s important to note that while past due support can be collected, no new child support accrues after the child turns 18 or graduates.
Enforcement of Child Support Orders
The end of regular child support payments doesn’t absolve the non-custodial parent of their past obligations. Enforcing these orders is a legal process and typically involves obtaining a court order. It’s essential for custodial parents to understand that they have the right and means to seek these overdue payments.
Navigating the Legal Landscape
Navigating the legalities of child support can be daunting. For those seeking assistance, reaching out to a knowledgeable attorney can be invaluable. They can offer guidance, help in obtaining court orders for overdue payments, and answer any related questions. While specific attorneys can provide this service, it’s crucial to choose one with expertise in child support enforcement.
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Child support is a vital aspect of ensuring the well-being of children post-divorce. The Law Offices of Gustavo E. Frances can help you navigate the rules in Florida, from when obligations end to how to collect overdue payments, is essential for both custodial and non-custodial parents. While the process can be complex, knowing your rights and the legal avenues available can make a significant difference in navigating these waters.
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