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Basics

What is child support?

Child support is money paid from one parent to the other for the benefit of their children. For more information consult the relevant Florida Statutes.

How do I get child support for my children?

Child support is obtained through a Judicial Court Order or an Administrative Order. This can be done through contacting a private attorney or the the Department of Revenue, Office of Child Support Enforcement.

What can I do if I have not received my child support payments?

Contact your Clerk of Court's office. The Clerk of Court's office can file a judgment against the delinquent parent resulting in a lien against any real property owned by that individual. In private cases, the Clerk of Court's office can initiate action to suspend the delinquent parent's driver license and registration. You can find your Clerk of Court's telephone number here. For additional assistance, you may also contact a private attorney or the Department of Revenue.

What if I've received a delinquency notice for unpaid child support?

If you have received a delinquency notice, the Clerk of Court's depository records indicate that (a) a payment is more than fifteen days late and (b) the delinquency amount is greater than the periodic payment amount. If you feel the Notice of Delinquency was issued in error, you may file a motion to contest within fifteen days from the mailing of the delinquency notice. You are eligible to file this response if you feel it is a case of mistaken identity or if you do not agree with the balance.

Will there be any additional charges if I pay online?

Yes. Click here for more information about the fee.

How can I pay?

Electronic check (direct debit from your bank account). There is a fee for payments made via Electronic check. Click here for more information about the fee.

Payment Amount & Fees

How much money can I expect to collect in child support?

The state dictates the exact amount of child support you are eligible to collect. This figure is based on (a) the number of children and (b) the combined income of the parents. The child support obligation is divided between the parents in direct proportion to their income. For more information consult the relevant Florida Statutes.

How can I get visitation credit?

If the court order allows for visitation credit, the clerk should adjust the record upon notification of both parties. If the order is not specific, the clerk will only adjust the record once they have received an order directing them to credit the case for a given amount. For more information consult the relevant Florida Statutes.

Will my child support amount change if my income has changed?

Your child support amount is based largely on your income. Your child support therefore may be adjusted to better reflect you current income. You can request an adjustment through the motion for modification process. For more information consult the relevant Florida Statutes.

How much is the clerk fee?

The Clerk of Court fee equals four percent of the payment, up to $5.25. This fee applies only to privately filed cases. For more information consult the relevant Florida Statutes.

How can I obtain copies of my payment history?

You can review your last five payments on our child support inquiry page. Should you need a more complete record, you may contact the county Clerk of Court's office. You can find your Clerk of Court's telephone number here.

How can I pay?

Electronic check (direct debit from your bank account). There is a fee for payments made via Electronic check. Click here for more information about the fee.

Stopping Payment

When can I stop paying child support?

In Florida, you are no longer required to pay child support once your child turns eighteen. However, this differs between states so you may be required to pay longer if your case has been transferred from another state.

How can I terminate payments once my child has turned eighteen?

The Clerk of Court should automatically terminate your obligations. If this is not the case, you should contact your Clerk of Court. Please note that if your case has been transferred from another state, you may be required to continue paying child support past the age of eighteen. You can find your Clerk of Court's telephone number here.

How to Pay

What forms of payment can I use?

Electronic check (direct debit from your bank account). There is a fee for payments made via Electronic check. Click here for more information about the fee.

Can I send payments directly to my spouse?

You should only send payments directly to your spouse if your court order explicitly allows you to do so. Otherwise, you should make payments through the court to ensure that your account it properly credited. For more information consult the relevant Florida Statutes.

What if my address has changed?

You are responsible for notifying your Clerk of Court's office of any changes. This information should be put in writing and mailed to the clerk of the circuit court (i.e. the county's address in which your support case is filed). Remember to include your case number with these documents. You can find your Clerk of Court's telephone number here.

How can I obtain copies of my payment history?

You can review your last five payments on our child support inquiry page. Should you need a more complete record, you may contact the Clerk of Court's office. You can find your Clerk of Court's telephone number here.

Will there be any additional charges if I pay online?

Yes. Click here for more information about the fee.

Income Deduction Orders

What is an Income Deduction Order?

An Income Deduction Order (IDO) is a court order instructing your employer to deduct child support payments directly from your pay check. This deduction is then forwarded to the State Disbursement Unit. For more information consult the relevant Florida Statutes.

How can I have obtain an Income Deduction Order?

You must petition the court to obtain an Income Deduction Order. You may contract with your local Department of Revenue or contact a private attorney for assistance. For more information consult the relevant Florida Statutes.

How can I have child support payments taken out of my paycheck?

Payment may be deducted from your check through an Income Deduction Order. You must petition the court to obtain an this order. You may contract with your local Department of Revenue or contact a private attorney for assistance. For more information consult the relevant Florida Statutes.

Direct Deposit

Do you offer direct deposit?

Yes. You can have your money directly deposited to your bank account or, in some cases, to a Florida Debit Mastercard.

How do I sign up for direct deposit?

Simply download and complete the direct deposit authorization form.

How soon after signing up will I begin receiving my direct deposit payments?

Your direct deposit authorization form should be processed within 2 months. During this time you will continue to receive payments via mail.

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