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Calculating child support in a Florida divorce

Most residents of Central Florida are aware that the state legislature has enacted a law that establishes minimum levels determining the amount of child support that must be paid to the parent having physical custody of the child. This law, colloquially known as child support "guidelines," has a number of exceptions and qualifications that can affect a court's final determination of the amount of support that must be paid.

Can an order for child support from a Florida court be modified?

Florida judges generally devote a substantial amount of energy into devising an order for child support that will serve the child's best interests and be fair to both parents. Sometimes, however, the parents' or the child's circumstances change after an order for child support is entered, and the change in circumstances may motivate one of the parents to seek a modification of the original order.

The consequences of failing to pay child support in Florida

Many people in central Florida who obtain a divorce frequently try to escape their obligations to pay child support. The consequences of failing to obey either a court order or a marital dissolution agreement that requires the payment of child support can be serious and should never be taken lightly.

Circumstances that may warrant changes in child support

Children deserve to receive emotional and financial support from their parents. When parents live together, they often pool their resources to provide their children with the best care that they can as a united couple. However, when parents separate or divorce it can be more difficult for them to provide for their kids as they live in separate households.

Review of Florida's child support guidelines

As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, Florida has a set of child support guidelines that are supposed to apply to all parents in Winter Park who are living in separate homes and have children whom they legally must work to together to provide for financially. The idea behind these guidelines is to make sure that child support is fair and is relatively consistent across the state.

Britney Spears' ex-husband wants more child support

Former spouses commonly seek to amend the court's order for child support as circumstances change after the marriage is officially over. Petitions to either increase or decrease the amount of child support are common in Orlando and Winter Park. When celebrities get divorced, their lives also take unexpected turns, which may lead to requests for more child support. An example at the moment is pop singer Britney Spears and her ex-husband, Kevin Federline.

Paternity case continues to dog baseball star Miguel Cabrera

This blog has previously discussed the domestic issues faced by Detroit Tigers star, Miguel Cabrera, and some of those issues have re-emerged as spring training opens. Cabrera has apparently resolved his differences with his wife, and she has withdrawn her petition for a divorce. However, the woman who has accused Cabrera of fathering her two children is still seeking additional child support.

Enforcing an order for child support in Florida

The divorce is official. The court has entered an order resolving all issues, including the payment of child support. Now what? Many Floridians have discovered that the entry of the order finally dissolving the marriage does not end the acrimony. One issue that often lasts beyond the divorce proceeding is the non-payment or late payment of child support. Enforcing a court order directing the payment of child support can be a vexing problem.

We can help with support order modifications

Getting to the end of a contentious divorce can be a relief to a Winter Park resident. After months of negotiations, hearings, reviews of evidence and other necessary legal steps a person may feel as though a huge burden has been lifted off of their shoulders once their divorce is finalized. For some, the legal end of a marriage may mean the end of dealing with a former partner. For others, negotiations about lingering martial issues may require divorced parties to work together again.

When determining child support, no shenanigans allowed

When it comes to divorce or paternity cases, child support is definitely an issue that brings up a lot of emotion. Although most parents do want to support their children financially, the devil is in the details. Many parents fear they won't receive enough -- or will pay too much.

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