As if the threat of jail time, suspension of a driver’s license and suspension of a professional license weren’t enough, a parent who owes Florida child support also faces the possibility of a bad credit score for failure to pay support.
Credit reporting agencies such as Experian, Equifax and the like are entitled under Florida law to request information about current child support obligations and delinquencies. The State child support agency is required to periodically report to these credit agencies the name, social security number and past-due amounts of any parent owing child support or alimony.
The State child support agency is also authorized to request from credit reporting agencies information concerning a parent’s income for purposes of determining his or her ability to pay current or past-due support.
Failing to timely pay child support may result in a bad credit score, which in turn can affect a parent’s ability to, for example, buy a house or car. A high child support payment every month may also limit the amount of credit that can be extended to a parent.
For these reasons it is important to consult with a Miami child support lawyer to determine whether you are overpaying child support and/or to create a plan for you to get caught up on past-due payments. Help starts with a consultation.