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Child Support Enorcement
What Is an Administrative Support Order?
 An administrative support order is a legallyenorceable child support order issued by the FloridaDepartment o Revenue.
Agencies Involved in the Administrative SupportProcedure
The Florida Department o Revenue (DOR) is thedesignated Florida agency responsible or the childsupport enorcement program. The establishment o child support administratively is one process used byDOR when there are no disputed acts and paternityis not an issue. I the noncustodial parent believesthere are disputed acts, he/she may request a ormalhearing, and the case will be assigned to the Divisiono Administrative Hearings (DOAH).
What are the benefts o the administrativeprocedure?
Using the administrative support procedure mayreduce the time it takes to obtain a support order.The custodial parent may receive support paymentsmore quickly than i the case went through theusual court process. The administrative procedureeliminates court appearances that are a normal parto the judicial hearing procedure. By avoiding thelost work time and income that is oten caused byhaving to attend the required court hearings, theburden on both parents may be reduced.
 The Path to an Administrative Support Order
The administrative support procedure uses the samechild support guidelines established by law and usedby courts to set the amount o support paid by anoncustodial parent.
When can it be used?
The administrative support procedure may be used when:Paternity has been established.There is no existing child support order.
How does the administrative supportprocedure start?
DOR notifes both parents when the procedurebegins and the noncustodial parent must be served.Both parents are given:A Notice o Proceedingto Establish an AdministrativeSupport Order.A blank copy o the Financial Afdavit orm.A blank copyo the ParentInormationorm.Other helpulinormationabout theprocedure.Each parent has 20 days to review the notice andis required to return their completed Financial Afdavit and Parent Inormation orms to DOR.DOR calculates the amount o monthly support anoncustodial parent must pay based on Florida’schild support guidelines and the fnancialinormation o both parents.
Proposed Administrative Support Order
DOR sends both parents a proposed order thatdetails the monthly support amount and health carecoverage needs or the child. Each parent receivescompleted copies o the child support guideline worksheet and fnancial afdavits (i received), whichare used to establish the support amount.Noncustodial parents are encouraged to call or visitthe DOR ofce with any questions. The noncustodialparent may:1. Request an inormal discussion about theproposed support order with DOR.2. Agree to the proposed order.3. Request an administrative hearing by sendinga written request to DOR within 20 days o themailing o the proposed order. A fnal support order can be issued even i noresponse to the proposed order is received.

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