For those of you who pay child support, I recommend that you pay it. St. Johns County is an equal opportunity jailer when it comes to paying child support; whereas, in Clay County, it is all men wearing the inmate jumpsuits. No matter where you live, you may be able to avoid legal complications by paying child support and informing the court immediately if something changes in your income.
Your minor children are entitled to a portion of your income. However, when a change happens in your income, that will impact the family and you have to adjust immediately by filing a petition. If the parent who has the child most of the time is on State Assistance, the Department of Revenue gets involved and enforces child support with an iron fist.
Obligation to pay child support is based on income—that is just a thing called MATH. Be up front and honest about your income and you may benefit, as well as your child. For more information on child support in Florida, visit the Florida Department of Revenue website at http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/childsupport/.