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3 things you should know about child support in Florida

Divorce in Florida encompasses a wide range of considerations, from property and asset division to child custody and child support. It is important that you consult with your divorce attorney for all the specifics regarding your particular divorce case.

In terms of Florida law, there are a few important things you should know about how child support works. Although you will discuss this in-depth with your divorce attorney, here are three quick basics to help you get a better understanding of how the law in Florida works with regards to child support:

1. Florida can enforce out-of-state orders

Even if you have a child support order from another state, Florida can enforce that order. This means that you are protected even if you moved to Florida from out-of-state after your divorce or if your divorce occurred in a different state.

2. Child support may be modified 

Over time, circumstances regarding either or both spouses in terms of employment and income may significantly change. Factors such as these can lead to the need for a modified child support order. Florida's child support statutes allow for a petition to change child support under certain circumstances. 

3. You have options for enforcing child support orders 

A common occurrence when it comes to child support is encountering difficulty in enforcing the order. Sometimes, the ex-spouse ordered to pay child support refuses to pay and attempts to evade his or her legal responsibilities according to the Florida child support order. Because this is a violation of a court order, you have various ways to seek a remedy through the courts and under the law. Florida law ensures that every child under the age of 18 has a right to ongoing financial support from both parents. 

If you have a child support order that an ex-spouse is not following, you should consult with a Florida divorce attorney. An attorney can review the specifics of your case and the court order and help advise you about the most efficient ways to proceed in terms of enforcing the child support order.

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