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Seeking modifications of child support orders

Your children are your world, and you likely spend much less time with them than you would like. While you may have balked at the amount of child support the court ordered you to pay, you know it is your obligation to provide for your kids, and you willingly comply with the order.

Parental relocation with a child after a divorce

Many residents of Orlando and Winter Park who have finalized a divorce and been awarded custody of their children wonder whether they can move and take the children with them. Conversely, many residents respond with anger and fear when they learn that their ex-spouse plans to move and take the children. Fortunately, for both parties, Florida law provides two basic methods for resolving the problem of parent relocation when children are involved.

What happens to a HELOC in a Florida divorce?

HELOC stands for home equity line of credit. It is a line of credit that is secured by a lien on the equity in a person's home. In Florida, HELOC loans are usually made by banks or lending companies. A person may borrow up to a specified maximum percentage of the value of the home after deducting the amount owed on the mortgage loan used to purchase the house. Many couples use equity lines of credit to finance a home renovation, a vacation or perhaps pay unexpected medical bills. HELOCs can be very useful, but what happens to the HELOC if the couple gets a divorce?

Sailor loses fight to have parents fulfill temporary time-sharing

Florida is home to many military installations for all five branches of service. In recognition of this fact, the legislature passed a law permitting military members who were placed on temporary assignment to designate a person to fulfill their time-sharing responsibility with their children. One member of the Navy recently argued that his three-year assignment to Guam was "temporary" and wanted to allow his parents to fulfill his paternal role while he was overseas. However, an appellate court disagreed.

Carjacking suspect captured in Tampa

On the morning of April 25, four carjackings occurred along I-4 between Orlando and Tampa. According to police, the crimes all occurred with the space of an hour. The suspect first stole a 2009 Cadillac in Orlando around 10:00 a.m. The Cadillac was spotted being driven into Hillsborough County. The car was involved in a minor collision, and the suspect abandoned the vehicle near an I-4 entrance ramp. According to witnesses, he ran across the exit ramp into a nearby residential area. A resident allegedly watched the suspect steal his pick-up truck. The man then followed the suspect in his other car to a Marathon gas station.

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