Today, the Tampa Tribune reported that the there are problems with delays in child support payments for many recipients in the State ofFlorida. This problem is affecting both those who are waiting for the payments, usually the mother, and those making the payments, usually the father. For example, a father may have made $1000 payments in child support within the last month or so. The mother, however, may have received only $25.00 from the State. This harms both parties because the father in this situation looks like a deadbeat dad and the mother will experience difficulty paying her bills. The Tampa Tribune story reads as follows:
Bonnie Step hadn’t received a child-support payment for months.
But she wasn’t angry at her ex-husband over the $2,300 she was owed. Instead, she blamed the state ofFlorida, which is collecting $684 from him every month.
The Florida Department of Revenue has heard similar complaints from others since the child-support disbursement unit began revamping its computer system, which keeps track of more than $1 billion in payments and payouts.
Department officials say the complaints represent less than 1 percent of the child-support cases it handles. But that means little to those who aren’t getting their payments even though ex-spouses are holding up their ends of the court-ordered agreements.
For answers to your child support or family law questions, please call Rich Bradford at (813) 413-2402.
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