If your child’s other parent has stopped paying child support there are a few options you have available to enforce an existing child support obligation order. One way to do this is to use the Florida Child Support Enforcement Program. This program works on your behalf to locate the non-custodial parent and attempt to make them pay their past-due and existing child support obligations through enforcement actions such as intercepting tax refunds, income deductions, and license suspensions.
However, it is important to know this system is also heavily burdened with child support enforcement cases and the process may move slowly. If you are not having success through the Florida Child Support Enforcement Program, you can also take enforcement actions on your own by hiring a child support lawyer to file a motion for civil contempt.
This process requires you show the court you have a valid order requiring support, the other parent has stopping making payments as required by the order, and they have the ability to make their payments. A judge will make the determination of whether the other parent is in contempt of the child support order and make a ruling on how and by when the other parent is required to pay their overdue support—and the consequences for failing to do so, which often include fines and/or jail time.