Florida law states that child support can be reduced or increased if a substantial change has occurred. This change may occur by either the respondent or the petitioner. A hearing must be held and an order obtained for a modification. All pleadings must be filed in accordance with the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.
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The Office of the Judge of Compensation Claims (OJCC) now has access to both the Department of Revenue and the Clerk's child support arrearage information and databases. Requests for child support arrearage information in Florida workers' compensation cases should be filed with the assigned Judge of Compensation Claims using the e-JCCs system. Effective January 1, 2014, any requests for child support arrearage in a workers' compensation case received by the Clerk's office will be directed to the OJCC.
Child Support is money paid from one parent to the other for the benefit of their children.
The obligor is the parent that is ordered to pay child support.
The obligee is the parent that receives child support. A person whose duty it is to safeguard and account for that which is given into his custody.
The Florida State Disbursement Unit (SDU) is required by Federal Law to collect and disburse child support payments ordered by the court.
The Florida State Disbursement Unit was established pursuant to Florida Statutes, s. 61.1824 and the Federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1999 (commonly known as the Welfare Reform Act). Also, pursuant to Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, the SDU provides one central address for the collection and disbursement of child support payments in cases enforced by the Department of Revenue.
In Florida, cases with an initial support order issued on or after January 1, 1994, in which the obligor's child support is being paid through an Income Deduction Order/Income Withholding Order (IDO/IWO) are also collected and disbursed by the SDU.
A court order that instructs the obligor's employer to withhold the child support payment from the obligor's income and send it to the Florida State Disbursement Unit (SDU).
Based on your Income Deduction Order/Income Withholding Order (IDO/IWO), your employer must initiate payment within 15 business days after the employer received the Notice to Payor. You are responsible for any payments that come due prior to income deduction.
The Clerk's Office has very little power when it comes to child support enforcement. The Clerk's Office will file a judgment against an obligor if the account becomes delinquent. The judgment becomes a lien against any real property owned by the individual. In private child support cases, upon the request of the obligee, the Clerk's Office will initiate an action to suspend the driver's license privileges and motor vehicle registration of delinquent obligors.
The Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) Child Support Services has an agency specifically for child support enforcement. They are located in Escambia County Florida at:2205 La VistaPensacola, FL 32504 (View a map)Phone: 850-488-KIDS (5437)
Your personal attorney can enforce your child support rights as well.
If you would like to inquire as to the date the last payment was made and the amount of the payment, we now have a 24-hour automated Support Information System to assist you. You can access your case payment information by using a touch-tone telephone. The phone number for accessing the automated system is 850-595-3043 (area code 850 required if long distance). You must have your case number and social security number available. The automated attendant will instruct you as to how to input your information.
You may search online at MyFloridaCounty Online Child Support Services or contact the State Disbursement Unit (SDU) at 877-769-0251.
You may file a Request for Credit for Direct Payments of Child Support. Instruction and forms are available at the Clerk and Comptroller's office or online under Family Law Forms. Please note that you are only allowed to make this request one time. If you wish to continue paying directly to the other party, you will need to file a Motion to Modify the Final Judgment and have a hearing before the Court.
It is important that both parties stay informed about their child support account in order to avoid delinquencies or over payments.
If you receive your services through the Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement, and your payments come through their office, contact Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) at 1-850-488-5437 for direct deposit information.
For all other payments, contact the Domestic Relations Division of the Clerk's office at phone 850-595-3770, to arrange for direct deposit. They may request that you submit the Florida State Disbursement Unit (SDU) Child Support Direct Deposit Authorization Form (PDF).