Some divorced parents in Florida may have a child support arrangement in which one directly pays the other. Others may have one that involves the state child support enforcement agency. There are actually four different kinds of child support cases.
A Non-IV-D case may be established when parents get a divorce and agree upon child support payments that will be made directly from one to the other. If a parent is struggling to collect child support, the case could be turned into an IV-D case if the office of child support enforcement gets involved to collect payments. An IV-D case might also be one in which a parent needs other types of assistance from the office of child support enforcement such as help in establishing paternity.
In some cases, a child may be cared for by another relative or may be in the foster system. However, a biological parent may still be required to pay child support. Those are known as IV-E cases. IV-A cases are those in which one parent is getting some government assistance. In these cases, the office of child support enforcement collects support payments from the custodial parent.
There may be a point after a divorce when support payments need to be modified. This could be the case where the paying parent's financial situation worsens due to an unexpected job loss, for example. Until the child support modification is approved, as far as the court system is concerned, parents will continue to owe the same amount of money.