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Redirecting Child Support Payments to a Third Party

Redirecting Child Support Payments to a Third Party

Child custody and support are two of the most important, and often contentious, decisions that are made in a divorce. Keeping the best interests of the child in mind, Florida judges take into account a number of factors when making a decision about which parent a child should live with. However, what if neither parent can provide the necessary level of physical and financial care for their child? In these cases, it may be beneficial for the child to live with a third party, such as a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or another relative, either temporarily or permanently. This arrangement necessitates consideration of how child support is to be paid for the benefit of the child.

What is an Order of Redirection?

Florida law provides courts with the ability to transfer child support payments to the person with whom a child lives. In other words, if a child of divorced parents is living with a third party who is not the child’s mother or father, the court can redirect the payments to their guardian rather than to the non-paying parent. Alternatively, the court can require both parents to pay child support to the person caring for the child. This can be accomplished through an Order of Redirection. Since these matters can be complex, it is crucial to retain the services of an experienced family law attorney who can ensure that all of the appropriate forms are filled out and submitted in a timely manner.

Need Help Collecting Child Support Payments? Call Owenby Law, P.A. Now

If you are caring for a minor child and are not receiving child support payments from either of the child’s parents, contact Owenby Law, P.A. as soon as possible. As caretaker, you may be entitled to support payments to help cover the financial responsibilities of providing a safe and comfortable home for the child. Backed by decades of combined experience, our Jacksonville child support lawyers have a thorough understanding of Florida child support laws and have the specialized knowledge it takes to achieve positive resolutions for our clients.

Our Jacksonville family law attorneys are prepared to offer you a free initial consultation, so do not wait to call us at (904) 770-3141. We serve clients in Jacksonville, Orange Park, St. Augustine, and Fleming Island.


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