Child support can be a complex issue but understanding how it is determined in Florida can help. A major league baseball player has been sued in Florida court for child support and to establish paternity of two children a woman living in Florida asserts he fathered. Miguel Cabrera has been sued by the mother of the two children for allegedly failing to provide sufficient child support for the two children he fathered with her. Though Cabrera has been married to his wife for 15 years, and has three children with her, the Florida woman alleges in her suit he fathered children with her in 2013 and 2015.
This blog recently discussed the serious consequences associated with failing to pay child support. In addition to the responsibility to pay child support, parents are also responsible for their children's medical expenses. The potential penalties for failure to pay medical expenses are the same as those for failure to pay child support and can include wage garnishment, tax intercepts, suspension of a business or occupational license, contempt of court or even possible time in jail.
The consequences for failure to pay child support in Florida can be harsh. A former NFL running back was recently jailed in Florida for failure to pay child support. The former New England Patriots running back turned himself in and was released from jail 17 hours later after he paid a "cash purge" of $7,924. The court will hold an individual for failure to pay child support on a "cash purge" until a determined amount is paid in lieu of bond. Although the amount of child support due is unknown, after paying the $7,924 the former running back was released.
Child support orders outline the obligations parents have for their children. The family law court helps parents set up a child support order and also provides options to help families modify their child support order or enforce a child support order when needed. Florida law sets child support guidelines which child support amounts and orders are based on.
Did you know that August is recognized as Child Support Awareness Month in the U.S.? This month, states celebrate the various resources in place to help parents pay and collect child support, as well as the parents who work to support the needs and welfare of their children.
Parents all across Florida are obligated to pay child support. Unfortunately, too many see this responsibility as some kind of punishment or arbitrary assignment. But it is neither of these things. Child support is a specific calculation designed to ensure that both parents make a meaningful -- and fair -- contribution to a child's well-being.
One of the primary concerns people have when they pay child support is whether their money is, in fact, going to the support of their child.
Every parent ordered to pay child support in Florida would be wise to take this obligation seriously. Not only is it a way to ensure that both parents play a role in supporting a child, child support is also a court order that comes with serious consequences if a parent does not comply.