Support - Alimony & Child
What is Child Support?
Money paid by one parent for the benefit of their children.
What is a Parenting Plan?
This is a document created to govern the relationship between the parties relating to the decisions
that must be made regarding the minor child, ie: the child's care, health, education, physical,
social and emotional well being. It shall include a Time-Sharing Schedule.
What is a Time-Sharing Plan?
This is a timetable included in the Parenting Plan that specifies the time, including overnights and
holidays, that a minor child will spend with each parent. It must be ordered by or approved by the
Who is the non-custodial parent (also referred to as a non-residential parent, respondent or obligor)?
Formerly, this was the term used for the parent who does NOT live with the child.
Who is the custodial parent (also referred to as primary residential parent, petitioner or obligee)?
Formerly, this was the term used for the parent who does DOES live with the child.
What is an Income Deduction Order (IDO)? (FL Statute 61.1301)
A court order that instructs the payor's employer to withhold the child support payment from the payor's
income and send to the SDU or directly to the other parent.
How do I get Child Support for my children?
Child support is obtained through a Judicial Court Order. This can be done by contacting a private attorney
or the Department or Revenue, Office of Child Support Enforcement.
What is the Florida State Disbursement Unit?
The FLSDU is required by Federal Law to collect and disburse child support payment's by the Court.
How do I pay Child Support?
By check payable to:
State of Florida Disbursement Unit (FLSDU)
P.O. Box 8500
Tallahassee, FL 32314-8500
By credit card at:
Or at any MoneyGram agent location. Contact 1-800-MONEY GRAM or visit
www.MoneyGram.com for a list of locations.
Are there any additional fees?
There is a statutory clerk fee. The clerk fee equals 4% of the payment, up to $5.25. This fee applies
only to privately filed cases. This fee must be paid with each payment that is made.
What is a privately filed case?
A case filed by an attorney or a Pro Se Litigant. The Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement is
not involved in the case.
When paying by check what information should be included on the check?
Full name (First, Middle, Last)
Social Security Number
County (where court order is located)
When paying at a MoneyGram agent location what will I need?
At any participating MoneyGram agent location, fill out the applicable form or use the MoneyGram phone
(if available). You will need to provide the following :
Company Name - MyFloridaCounty
Receive Code - 7233
Your Depository Case Number
What is my depository number?
The depository number is the 2-digit county number combined with and 11-digit case number.
What is a Notice of Delinquency?
A notice served to the payor/obligor when the record indicates the payments are delinquent pursuant to
Who will maintain the records and payment history for my case?
The Clerk (in the county where you filed) is the "Official Record Keeper" and is responsible for:
1. Initially setting up the case
2. Maintaining a written record of all court hearings
3. Tracking the payments (if payments are made through the court by order of the court)
4. Collecting and disbursing some child support payments (if payments are made through the court by order of the court)
5. The Clerk of Court does not assist with or provide enforcement of Child Support
Many spouses pay the other spouse directly. You are responsible for maintaining your records
Where do I go for assistance with enforcement of the Child support?
The Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement office is located at:
1649 Tamiami Trail, Unit 1A
Port Charlotte, Florida 33948
Or Call 1-850-488-5437
How does the direct deposit of my child support and/or alimony payments help me?
Your payments are not subject to postal service delays. There are no lost or stolen checks. You will
not have to go to the bank to deposit your payments. You will receive the deposits whether you are
ill or on vacation. Funds may be available sooner than mailed payments.
What are the eligibility requirements?
If the Florida Department of Revenue currently handles your case, you must contact their office in order
for direct deposit to be set up. They may be reached at 1-800-622-5437 or their office is located at
1649 Tamiami Trail, Unit 1A, Port Charlotte, Florida 33948
How soon after signing up will I begin receiving my direct deposit payments?
Direct deposit will begin after the Clerk's Office has received your completed authorization form. This
normally takes 2-3 business days to activate. Any payments received between the receipt of your
authorization form and the start of the direct deposits will be mailed to you.
What is the county number for Charlotte County?
Can support be modified, supplemented or stopped?
Yes, however a Court Order signed by a Judge is required
Can I file the paperwork to modify support without an Attorney?
Yes, there is a Supreme Court approved packets that can be purchased at the Clerk of Court Civil Division,
or the forms can be downloaded from the Supreme Court website.
How can I terminate payments once my child has turned 18?
Support will automatically stop once the child turns 18, unless the court order mandates a different date.
Please note that if your case has been transferred from another state, you may be required to continue
paying child support past the age of 18.