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Good day. I need some advice. My daughter is a US citizen. We live in Panama, Republic of Panama. There is no agreement between Panama and the US for Child Support, and even though my divorce settlement states that the father should pay $200 monthly for child support, he has never done so, since 2008. He has maintained a relationship with her, though, as he has come to visit and she has gone to spend vacations with him.
Before, my situation was different as I had a great job and salary. Now, I am an independent consultant and require his help (responsibility) with school costs, etc.
How can I go about having him pay child support? The US Embassy in Panama has no child support office and has advised that I seek legal help in the US. The father lives in Florida since July 2015. Before that he lived in Puerto Rico. Any help I can get from you is appreciated.
Thank you.
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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.

Good luck.

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