The Workers’ Compensation Judge of Compensation Claims has a duty to determine if any Child Support is owed as of the time the party’s motion to obtain approval of a settlement of a Workers’ Compensation matter in Florida. If there is an arrearage in child support, the Judge will determine an amount that is to be paid out of the settlement to resolve the lien created by the passed owed Child support. Often employees paychecks are garnished to make regular payments of their child support obligation. If the injured worker is out of work they can fall behind in their child support obligations and thus lead to a situation in which a lien exists on their settlement. Often garnishment of a periodic workers’ compensation payment will help the injured worker to remain current and up to date on their child support obligations and thus prevent a lien from existing at later date when they may want to obtain a lump sum settled their workers’ compensation case. An attorney can help if an inaccurate lien exists when attempting to settle your case; such as if the obligation was fulfilled by another source such as taken directly from a tax refund. An attorney can submit evidence to a Judge, and can further request under certain circumstances that only a percentage of the total outstanding arrearage be resolved from the settlement.