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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 Cabrera has apparently resolved his differences with his wife, and she has withdrawn her petition for a divorce.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.
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.
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 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.
Is determining child support obligations more difficult for unmarried parents? Our family law firm has helped both married and unmarried parents navigate their child support obligations under Florida law. Although the best interest of the child standard is constant, the procedures are slightly different.
Although child support obligations often arise in the context of a divorce, Florida law imposes this duty on any parent, regardless of marital status. Our Orlando law firm has helped parents in a variety of family situations to better understand their legal obligation.