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CHILD SUPPORT

How to Prepare for a Child Support Court Appearance
Whether you need to decrease your child support payments because of a job loss or are requesting the other parent pay more child support, you may be wondering about the process. The request for a child support modification could be a result of many different circumstances... Read More...

Penalties for Failing to Pay Child Support in Florida
The Florida child support program was designed to help children get the financial support they need from one or both parents. Unfortunately, many parents refuse to pay their court-ordered child support, which can result in severe consequences, including jail time. Read More...

Parental Rights of Same-Sex Partners
Over the years, same-sex couples have fought for equal rights when it comes to marriage and starting a family. It is now much more common to see same-sex couples begin family units that involve children, either from a previous heterosexual relationship or children born during their relationship. Read More...

When Do You Need to File a Petition for Modification of Child Support?
You may file a petition to modify child support if you are court ordered to pay or receive child support and want to ask the court to modify the amount you are currently paying or receiving. If you currently have a court order in place that requires child support be paid, and there is a substantial change in circumstances, you may file for modification as long as the change will be at least 15% or $50, whichever is greater. Read More...

10 Child Support Myths in Florida
Child support disputes can often cause parents to turn on each other and, at the same time, motivate them to involve their children as a form of revenge.  When it comes to how child support payments are awarded, there is a lot of misconception and confusion.  By familiarizing yourself with proper information, you will be better prepared to make the best decisions for you and your family. Read More...

Do I Have to Pay Child Support if I Have No Income?
It depends on the specific facts of your case and the Judge. As a rule of thumb, you should always first speak to your attorney before unilaterally deciding against paying child support, even if you don't think you can afford it. Here are a few tips to remember when whether you must make your child support payments. Read More...

Child Support and Income Withholding For Support Orders: What you can do when your ex is always late with child support payments
Documenting the child support you receive from the other party is very important –even if the support is being paid through the State’s Disbursement Unit.  Although keeping track of all of your child support payments is the last thing you might want to do in a divorce, you must be diligent in your own record keeping... Read More...

Child Support, Alimony and Taxes in Florida
Child support is not taxable in Florida as income—alimony on the other hand may have some tax benefits.  The individual paying alimony in Florida may receive tax benefits for paying this alimony; however the recipient does not and must report this money as income. Read More...

Interesting New Child Support Modification Ruling
There was a recent decision by an Orange County Circuit Court judge regarding modifications of child support . The circumstances involved a Father who sought modification of his child support obligation to his Former Wife for a child who was over 18 years of age. Read More...

Life Insurance Policies to Protect Child Support
Generally, the trial court has discretion to order the party paying child support to maintain a life insurance policy to the extent insurance is necessary to ensure that child support will be paid in the event of the death of a former spouse. Read More...

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