If you are a Florida resident but your child’s other parent lives in a different state, you may be wondering how to collect Florida child support when the parent lives outside Florida. Conversely, if a Florida court already ordered child support but now the father lives in a different state, how can you enforce the Florida child support when the parent lives outside Florida? The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act may provide the answer to both of these questions. Under federal law, each state is required to enforce the UIFSA to help improve the enforcement and origination of child support orders. The UIFSA provides uniformity amongst the states for child support procedures. Additionally, it allows for enforcement of child support orders on residents living in different states within the U.S. Navigating the UIFSA can be difficult, if you need help contact a family law attorney in Tampa for assistance.
Florida Child Support When the Parent Lives Outside Florida
Under the UIFSA, all states are required to recognize and enforce child and spousal support obligations from other states. Therefore, you can use UIFSA to collect Florida child support when the parent lives outside Florida. For instance, if a Florida family law court issues a child support order to a resident of Georgia, the UIFSA will require Georgia to enforce the order and collect the child support funds. Without the UIFSA, Florida may not have jurisdiction to enforce the child support order on the Georgia resident. Unfortunately, the UIFSA is very convoluted and can be difficult to understand without proper legal training. Therefore, if you are a Florida resident seeking to obtain or enforce Florida child support when the parent lives outside Florida a family law attorney in Tampa can assist with this matter by utilizing UIFSA.
Florida Alimony When the Parent Lives Outside Florida
The UIFSA can be utilized for many types of legal issues affecting families that are separated by state borders. The statute does not only cover child support when the parent lives outside Florida. For instance, UIFSA provides for the establishment of spousal or child support establishment. Additionally, it is used for the enforcement of child support orders (including wage garnishments), and modifications of a child support. However, the UIFSA cannot be used to resolve any issues regarding child custody or visitation. See Florida v. Ridge. Moreover, the UIFSA cannot be used to condition the payment of child or spousal support upon the granting of visitation.
Using the Constitution to Collect Florida Child Support When the Parent Lives Outside Florida
Additionally, the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution along with other federal statutes can be used in combination with the UIFSA to enforce Florida child support when the parent lives outside Florida. Under the Full Faith and Credit Clause, each state must recognize the judicial decisions and statutes of states within the U.S. Further, federal child support law requires each state to enforce a valid child support order. However, child support law requires that the state have both personal and subject matter jurisdiction.
Personal jurisdiction refers to a court’s authority over the parties in the case. On the other hand, subject matter jurisdiction refers to a court’s authority to rule on the substance of the dispute. For information on subject matter or personal jurisdiction contact a Florida family law attorney in Tampa.
Tampa Family Law Firm
If you need assistance with a child support or alimony case contact Florida Law Advisers, P.A. to speak with a Tampa family law attorney. The family law attorneys at Florida Law Advisers, P.A. have years of experience helping clients resolve their child and alimony disputes. Our professional legal team is passionate about these matters and will work diligently to help achieve the outcome you desire. Call us at 800 990 7763 to schedule a free initial consultation with a Florida family law attorney.