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Florida’s Court Clerks and Comptrollers celebrate Child Support Awareness Month

Special to Gannett Florida
Washington County Courthouse

HOLMES AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES - According to the U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement, nearly $1.5 billion in child support collections were distributed in the 2019 fiscal year. In recognition of August as Child Support Awareness Month, Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers wants to remind Floridians about the vital role Clerks of Court play in the lives of children throughout the state who depend on child support. 

Florida’s Clerks of Courts provide assistance to both custodial and noncustodial parents by facilitating easy payment options, maintaining accurate and accessible records, and auditing payments of court-ordered child support. Each year, Florida’s Clerks of Courts facilitate a high volume of child support transactions, many of which are interstate and international in scope. 

“While Clerks of Court perform a wide range of local public services, their role in child support directly contributes to the safety, health, and financial security of Florida’s children – and that’s something we are proud to be a part of.” said Chris Hart IV, Chief Executive Officer of Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers. “Amid times of crisis, such as the current pandemic, Clerks’ role in child support services is more important than ever.” 

As is the case with the majority of Clerk of Court services, the child support records maintained, and audits performed, are done so with careful attention to detail to ensure collections and disbursements are performed accurately and in compliance with court orders. 

Florida’s Clerks of Courts provide the following services related to child support: 

Facilitating payments. Parents can pay by check, or they can make child support payments 24 hours a day, seven days a week through www.myfloridacounty.com. All child support funds received are quickly disbursed. 

Keeping records. Parents can confirm recent transactions online, or by contacting their local Clerk of Court Office or calling the SDU (State Disbursement Unit) customer service line at (877) 769-0251. 

Tracking and promoting accountability. In order to help promote timely and full child support payments, Clerks provide ongoing reports to the Department of Revenue which include information on delinquencies and judgments for certain cases. 

“I want to sincerely thank all of the diligent staff members at the Clerk of Court offices around the state,” Hart said. “The work you do helps all Floridians, especially the children of our state who rely on an effective child support system for their daily needs.” 

You can find your Clerk’s contact information by visiting www.FLClerks.com/page/FindaClerk. 

Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers (FCCC) is a statewide, nonprofit member association composed of Florida’s Clerks of the Circuit Court and Comptrollers. FCCC provides local government support services, technical assistance and accreditation opportunities for all members of the association. For more information, visit www.flclerks.com.