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Im a USA citizen and my 6 year old son is too. We live in the

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Im a USA citizen and my 6 year old son is too. We live in the Dominican Republic. My son's father is a Cuban nationalized USA citizen living in Miami, FL. He has never helped financially with our son. Can I claim for child support from here or do I have to be in the USA to do so?
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You can file for child support in the Florida courts while living in the Dominican Republic. You do not have to be physically located in Florida, as long as the father is there. However, you will have to show up in the court in Florida for the hearing, so you'd need to travel at least once. Because the father lives in Florida, you can see if the state will help you collect support from him.
http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/childsupport/apply.html

If for some reason they aren't able to help, this site has the forms and instructions that you would need to file the case.
http://www.flcourts.org/gen_public/family/forms_rules/index.shtml


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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

You say I can file for child support from the Dominican Republic, but where do I do that? Online?

On the Department of Revenue's website, it says to call them to request an application. It unfortunately doesn't look like something you can request online. Which number to call depends on where he lives.
http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/childsupport/phone.html