Child Custody, Divorce Investigations.
Locating And Serving the deadbeat parent is just one of the few
steps in recovering or receiving past. current and future child support
a profile on the individual lifestyle. It is important for the courts to
determine what. how. who an individual spend his/her assets
Support does not end at the age of 18 years of age. Who pays for college,
What parent is responsible for medical - as of 2014 a child may live under
a parents medical plan.
Statewide Investigations. Our Investigators
are located in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach,
Delray Beach, Naples, Miami, South Beach and Key West Florida. If
you need assistance in investigations of a delinquent parent with past
child support - contact our agency.
We provide the investigators to
document the activities and lifestyles of an individual. With our
surveillance services our clients can address issues of their suspicions
Child Custody, Enforcement and Collection
non-custodial parent fails to pay court-ordered child support, the
custodial parent can rest assured that federal and state laws mandate
tough enforcement procedures.
Those who are delinquent and owe
back child support are often called "deadbeat parents," a term that
also is often used in the titles of state laws meant to ensure the
timely payment of child support. In legal terms, those who are
delinquent in child support payments are said to be "in arrears."
If a non-custodial parent fails to pay court-ordered child
support, the custodial parent can rest assured that federal and state
laws mandate tough enforcement procedures.
Those who are
delinquent and owe back child support are often called "deadbeat
parents," a term that also is often used in the titles of state laws
meant to ensure the timely payment of child support. In legal terms,
those who are delinquent in child support payments are said to be "in
A number of states and counties shame deadbeat
parents by posting their pictures, names, and delinquent amount
online. Examples include Riverside County, California and Suwannee
Florida Child Support.
Child support is a court-ordered payment paid by the noncustodial
parent and designated to help the custodial parent with expenses of
Florida's procedures are especially designed
to prevent failures in paying for child support before they occur.
To receive the full benefit of state enforcement assistance, the
custodial parent should register her child support court order with
the state. Once the order has been registered, Florida will
facilitate payments and enforcement actions in the event that the
noncustodial parent falls behind on payments.
If you receive
public benefits such as Medicaid or welfare, you are automatically
referred to Florida's Child Support Enforcement Division. Others
should complete a registration application so the state can begin
The primary method of
collecting child support payments in Florida is through wage
garnishment. Florida employers collect more than three- quarters of
the total child support owed by withholding the amount necessary to
pay current support obligations, minimizing the possibility that the
noncustodial parent will fall behind.
If the automatic income
withholding method fails for some reason, Florida can automatically
take action to obtain payment. The state has a variety of enforcement
methods beyond the automatic wage withholding to secure payment, and
in certain cases the federal government may also get involved .
Collection of Past Due Payments
Once child support is more
than 30 days late, the debt can be reported to a credit agency until
the outstanding child support amounts have been paid. Also, if a
parent is in arrears and his Florida driver's license has expired,
the state may deny renewal of the license.
The state may also
suspend an active driver's license for failing to meet child support
obligations or place a lien on the noncustodial parent's car or other
personal or real property, which prevents the owner from selling or
borrowing against the property.
If the state owes money to the
noncustodial parent, it can retain that payment as full or partial
satisfaction for owed child support. For example, owed child support
could be deducted if the noncustodial parent wins in the state
The federal government can also withhold tax refunds
to collect past-due child support.
Willful Refusal to Pay
If a noncustodial parent refuses to pay child support after the state
has taken several enforcement measures, the court can hold him or her
in contempt of its orders.
For contempt, the court must find
that the parent was able to pay but refused. If support is not paid,
the consequences of contempt are severe, ranging from the court
modifying custody arrangements to assessing fines.
the parent held in contempt can face possible jail time until the
amount is paid; this is called a purge amount.
The court may
also determine a specific period for jail time, up to five months and
29 days without a jury trial. It is within the court's discretion to
select the punishment that best fits the situation.
addition to a state court contempt order for willful refusal to pay
child support, the federal government may also intervene.
payments are not made for more than a year, or the outstanding amount
of child support owed is more than $5,000, the federal government may
act through the Office of the Inspector General. The OIG's office has
the authority to impose penalties such as fines, up to 6 months in
prison or both.
If an individual leaves
Florida in hopes of shedding his child support obligation, the state
will continue to seek payment by establishing the order in another
The outstanding amount of child support will be pursued
by an attorney or the relevant agency in the new state.
establish or domesticate the child support obligation, a certified
copy of the child support order must be filed in the court in the new
state along with an action seeking domestication of the child support
order and notice given to the noncustodial parent.
Statue of Limitations.
Child support has a 20 year statute of
limitation for any orders entered after August 7, 1987.
theoretically possible for a 65 year old mother to obtain child
support for their 35 year old son. If the support was due and not
paid prior to that boys 21st birthday.
For example, if a
father does not pay child support for his son and when the son is 15
through 21 years of age there is a 20 year statute of limitation
whatsoever that will release the obligation. Unfortunately, if the
enforcement did not occur close in time to the actual default there
is no judgment and the person entitled to the support is not
receiving the 9% interest due to judgment creditors.
Nevertheless, in our scenario listed above the 65 year old mother
would receive support that was due for her even though her son is 35
years of age. In these economic times we are receiving complaints by
parents who say that the non-custodial parent failed to pay support
from the ages of 17 to 21 for the children.
The children may
be in college and/or over 21 and we are successful in obtaining
support orders. There are certain instances in where a child is not
entitled to support if a obligor (a person who is obligated to pay
support) can claim the child has purposefully refused a relationship
with the parent.
This is a difficult task and we have been
successful there as well. These applications must be made before the
child reaches their 21st birthday. In summary, child support does not
easily go away. It can't be discharged and if a person does not pay
child support for 1 or 2 years those arrears will remain for at least
It is always preferable to make an application for
enforcement of the default sooner than later so that it can be
reduced to a judgment and 9% interest can be obtained or seized
through bank accounts; retrieval of tax refunds; and other means can
be exercised to get the money that is due to the child.
Hiring A Private Investigator.
Questions To Ask!
An Inexpensive PI Agency, May Not Be, The Best
Inquire, If The Agencies Owner(s) Will Be On-Site, During
What Will Your Be Charged For?
How Will You,
Be Kept Informed.
Prove To Me, Your Agents, Are Working The Case. That your agency is not using interns in training or sub-contracting my assignment to another firm.
Investigations And Services.