child support and alimony Archives

How parents can handle money issues in divorce

After a divorce in Florida or any other state, it is important that parents focus on their children as opposed to the behavior of their former spouses. As a general rule, it is never a good idea to threaten the child's other parent because it can make it difficult to resolve a problem.

How disability can affect child support payments

For families in Florida who rely on child support payments for ongoing sustenance, parental disability can have a major impact on their financial health. Due to disability, a non-custodial parent may no longer be able to fulfill their child support obligations as provided for in the initial order, as their own income may substantially decline. While disability does not automatically change or lower the child support award, the practical reality is that an acquired disability can substantially affect the amount of income available.

Child support statistics in the United States

In Florida and around the country, separating parents often enter into child custody and visitation agreements. One common concern among those paying child support and those receiving it is if the amount they are paying or receiving is normal. The U.S. Census Bureau conducts a study every few years to determine just that, and the results may surprise some Americans.

Government works to improve child support collection

Unpaid child support and delinquent parents can be a major financial burden for many families in Florida, especially when that support is necessary to pay the bills and make ends meet for the children. Because unpaid support can have such a detrimental effect on children's lives, child support enforcement is a priority for federal and state agencies. One system that has successfully improved the collection of delinquent child support has been the use of automatic payroll withdrawals to support a child support obligation. The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) oversees this process among state agencies involved.

Why do I have to pay child support?

It is public policy in the state of Florida that both parents shall be liable for the financial responsibilities of raising a child, regardless of whether they are currently married, romantically involved, divorced or otherwise estranged. As such, Florida family court judges have the authority to establish a child support order to compel a non-custodial parent to support the custodial parent in raising the child.

  • LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar
Email us for A response

How Can We Help You?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

665 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1
SARASOTA, FL 34236

Phone: 941-328-8142
Fax: 941-366-7272
Sarasota Law Office Map