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How do child support payments actually work?

As we've discussed in previous posts, the laws governing the payment and receipt of child support here in Florida aren’t always entirely clear to the layperson. This is entirely understandable, however, given the manner in which these laws are written and the complexity of the subject matter.

It's important to acknowledge, however, that sometimes this confusion covers more than the laws, extending to the actual payment and receipt of child support. In other words, the nuts and bolts of making and receiving child support payments may not always be entirely clear to those new to the process.

In recognition of this reality, today's post will serve as something of a primer for parents.

Making child support payments

In general, parents ordered to pay child support have four payments options at their disposal: online credit card/electronic check payments, cash payments via money transfer services, online payments made from a bank account and payments made through the mail.

While the details of each payment method are beyond the scope of a single blog post, details can be found on the Florida Department of Revenue's website. However, at a minimum, payor parents should understand that these payment options have different processing times ranging from four to 11 business days.

Receiving child support payments

Under Florida law, the child support payments received by the Department of Revenue must be transferred to payee parents electronically, meaning the two options are either direct deposit into a checking or savings account, or loading funds onto a debit card that can be used to make cash withdrawals or purchases virtually anywhere.

In general, payee parents should be aware that if they don’t fill out the necessary paperwork, the Department of Revenue will automatically issue them a debit card.

Always remember that if you have any questions or concerns related to child support to consider speaking with an experienced legal professional who can explain the law, outline your rights and responsibilities, and help you work toward a solution.

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