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What can happen if you don’t pay child support?

When you and your partner split, the financial burden of the child is still left up to both of you. To that end, child support is made mandatory under Florida law in order to ensure that the child gets as much financial support as possible. You can face legal consequences for skipping out on it.

According to Florida’s Department of Revenue, children up to the age of 18 have the legal right to be financially supported by both parents. When you don’t pay your child support, it’s considered a violation of the support order. This means that you could be fined or even sent to jail for not paying on time. A warrant for your arrest may be put out on the statewide crime computer, allowing officers to arrest you at any place in the state.

There are also a number of things that the Department of Revenue can do if you do not make timely payments. For example, your licenses can be suspended. This may include fishing, hunting, driving or even professional or business licenses. They can also deny your passport and suspend your vehicle registration. Finally, your assets may be intercepted or seized in order to make up for delayed payments.

These are all very severe consequences that can impact your daily life and your own financial situation. Because of that, it is important to take child payments seriously and make them on time. You are contractually bound to this until your child turns 18, so making those payments is important.

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