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Review of the Collection and Disbursement Processes of the Florida Child Support Enforcement Program, Report No. 96-28, January 1997
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  • Florida's current system for collecting and disbursing child support payments will not meet new federal requirements and is facing a serious funding shortfall in many counties.
  • We evaluated four options for addressing these problems. Two of these options may be desirable. Privatizing the collections and disbursement process would meet federal requirements and would save an estimated $2 million to $4.3 million annually. The option of privatizing collections but retaining the role of the Clerks of the Circuit Court in disbursing payments would produce the least disruption to the current system and may produce undetermined savings. However, this option may not meet the federal requirement for a single statewide computer system.
  • The Legislature could take no action to resolve the Clerks' funding shortfall. However, this could be interpreted as an unfunded local mandate. Feasible options for addressing this shortfall include: changing delinquency notice requirements, which would save $500,000 annually, and raising payment handling fees charged to parents.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State Court System
Supreme Court
Circuit Courts
County Courts
Child Support Enforcement

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 00-11 Performance Review: Establishment of the State Disbursement Unit Raises Cost to Process Child Support Payments, published inĀ  September 2000.
  • Report No. 99-10 Child Support Enforcement State Case Registry, published in September 1999.
  • Report No. 96-59 Supplemental Analyses, Child Support Collection and Disbursement, Clerks of Circuit Court, published in February 1997.
  • Privatization

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