LEE COUNTY, Fla - Tracy Vanlandschoot has been collecting child support payments from her ex-husband for year now. She credits Lee County's Pay or Appear Program.
"Once I put him in the program the fear that he might go to jail absolutely made him start paying", Vanlandschoot.
The program required parents late on monthly child support to pay on weekly basis or face the threat of going to jail. The Florida Supreme Court, however, suspended the program last year on the grounds that it violates a person's due process.
Now, the county is looking to bring the program back with new changes that would satisfy the court's ruling.
Lee County's Clerk of Court reports that in 2009 nearly $2 million in child support was due to parents. The Pay and Appear program successfully collected more than $1.8 million - roughly 95% of the money.
Two years later the program is gone and so are the child support payments.
The county hopes to have Pay and Appear up and running again in the coming weeks.