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I am sorry to hear about this situation. Because the child is in Panama, jurisdiction for child support is in Panama. One wants to file for child support in Panama and get a decree for child support from the Panamanian court.
Once this is done, one hires an attorney in Florida to enforce the decree - in Florida. The attorney would then do two main things:
1) Domesticate the Panamanian decree in Florida. Even if there is no child support treaty, a Florida court will recognize a foreign decree if it has comity (meaning it was reached fairly in a court of law with each party having a proper chance to appear); and
2) Enforce the decree (now considered "domesticated") by pleadings such as contempt (where he may be admonished, fined, or jailed for not paying), garnishment, and possibly even suspending a driver license or passport.
Attorney fees may be added on to costs overall in Florida court at the Judge's discretion. You would need a Florida attorney for the second part. Let me know if you need help finding someone.
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