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Can the Custodial Parent Waive Child Support?

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If you share a child with someone and the other parent has been ordered to pay child support, you may have considered waiving this obligation. Perhaps the other parent is struggling financially and has asked you if they can stop making payments. Or maybe they’ve promised to stop asking for time with your child if they don’t have to pay child support.

Whatever your reasons may be, it should be your choice whether to waive child support, right? Actually, that’s not the case. In Florida, parents aren’t allowed to refuse child support payments. The reason for this is that child support is intended to be for the child’s benefit, not the parent’s benefit. Because it’s the child’s right to receive support, it’s not up to the parents whether to waive this obligation.

Experienced Child Support Attorneys Near You

If you have questions about child support, you should speak with an experienced family law attorney. Fortunately, if you’re in the Tampa Bay area, you can rely on the skilled advocates at the Law Offices of Audrey A. Jefferis, P.A. We have offices in New Port Richey and Palm Harbor, and we would be happy to meet with you and provide you with personalized advice that’s tailored to your specific circumstances.

Contact the Law Offices of Audrey A., Jefferis, P.A., today to schedule a consultation at either of our locations. We look forward to speaking with you, learning about your case, and helping you determine what steps to take moving forward.

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