Many custodial parents in Florida are not receiving regular child support payments. In some cases, the noncustodial parent does not have the financial means to make court ordered payments, and it may be possible to modify the order. On the other hand, there are noncustodial parents who may be able to pay, but fail to do so. This is where the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984 comes into play.
State attorney generals and district attorneys obtained the authority from the Act to collect past due child support payments. When a noncustodial parent fails to make up the back payments, the Act provides for certain enforcement efforts. It is not believed that putting a non-paying parent in jail is productive, but it is an enforcement measure of last resort.