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How Florida’s HB 313 may impact the state’s child support system

If you are a Florida resident with child support obligations and fall behind on payments, you may lose your license, but a new bill introduced by a state representative would modify the system currently in place, should it pass. At the Law Firm of Chris E. Ragano, P.A., we have a thorough understanding of the repercussions involved with failing to pay child support, and we have assisted many clients like you who are either required to pay support, or seeking support from another.

According to FloridaPolitics.com, the newly proposed legislation, known as Florida House Bill 313, would give judges the ability to take alternative actions for parents who fall behind on paying support. Instead of automatically taking away you or the other parent’s driver’s license, which some say encourages unemployment, judges could, at their discretion, allow you or your ex to continue to drive exclusively for work purposes. The use of an electronic monitoring system would ensure that you or the other parent drive only to and from work, which bill backers believe would help eliminate poverty and other issues related to unemployment.

Florida’s current policy, which some believe unfairly targets those with smaller incomes, is intended to hold parents who do not pay support accountable for their actions. For example, if you already have a job and lose your license, it becomes harder to hold onto that job. On the other hand, if you are not already employed, losing your license will only make the process of securing employment that much harder.

Currently, the amount of child support you are expected to pay or receive as a Florida parent is decided upon using a formula that takes into account the income of both parents. The courts also typically look at how many other children are being supported, the costs of day care or medical treatment and how often each parent has a child in his or her custody in making the final determination. More information can be found on our web page. 

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