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December 2016 Archives

Understanding how child custody is determined

There are several different types of child custody arrangements that may be beneficial for families and children in different circumstances. Regardless of how child custody is determined, the focus is always on achieving what is in the best interests of the child. The parents may agree to child custody or the court may determine child custody for the family but in either circumstance, what is in the best interests of the child is always the guiding principle for child custody determinations. 

How is the amount of child support determined in Florida?

A child support order or child support agreement outlines child support obligations. It includes what parents must do to provide for the support of their children. Parents entering the divorce process, or resolving child support concerns and disputes, may wonder how they can expect the amount of child support to be determined which can be a concern for both the paying parent and the recipient parent.  

Can I modify a child support order?

The failure to pay child support is considered a crime in Florida, and there are various remedies available to the custodial parent for obtaining child support from the noncustodial parent. In addition to wage garnishment and liens, it may also be possible to get an arrest warrant issued against the parent who is supposed to be making the payment but has fallen behind. 

3 facts about post-traumatic stress disorder after a crash

While physical injuries are often the most obvious injury associated with a car accident, the emotional trauma that a person suffers can be just as devastating and life altering. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one mental health issue that can occur after a car crash. This is a condition that is treatable, but is often misunderstood.

What are the consequences of failing to pay child support?

In today's day and age, raising a child costs money, which is why even after a couple divorces, both parents are expected to contribute financially for their child's upbringing. This is why divorce settlements include the amount of child support that the noncustodial parent must contribute, taking into account medical expenses, education and everyday expenses.