My question involves child support in the State of: Florida
After 8 years of not being able to obtain my ex-spouse to pay child support per our divorce agreement, I filed with the State of Florida Dept of Child Support Enforcement. His arrearage amount is substantial. They started to garnish his wages within 3 weeks of my filing. I filed an affadavit which was notorized and immediately put into place.
Once they started to garnish wages my ex began child support modification procedures. His attorney requested a change of venue since we were in a different county then where the order was originally filed. My attorney agreed.
The new venue requires an adjudication signed by the judge to put into place the old arrearage amount from the previous county. I did not know that and never filed one.
My ex's attorney called our local clerk of couts child support division and asked to see a copy of the adjudication. Once he was told there was not one, he immediately took steps to wipe out all of the arrearage amounts due. Now it appears that my ex owes nothing from the arrearage. I did not know any of this because it is all done behind the scenes. You have to ask for a case history in order to see what is going on with your child support account on a local level. I learned something here to.
I found all this out when we went to mediation on child support modification. After mediation I went over to our local State of Florida Child support enforcement office and they were the ones that told me about the adjudication. They also said they cannot wipe out arrearage just like that. It can be reinstated once the adjudication is done.
I then called the 800 # for the State of Florida Child Support who said that arrearage can be wiped out if the judge orders it. I am confused and worried.
What is the adjudication process in Florida? Can a Judge dismiss arrearage in child support?? Once the adjudication is done will the arrearage be reinstated?