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Can I stop paying child support if my ex remarries?

The structures of Florida families change frequently. A couple may choose to end their relationship in divorce and to raise their shared children through custody and support arrangements that serve the kids' best interests. Over time, though, the parties to the former couple may move on themselves and may elect to enter into new relationships and even marriages. When they do questions can arise regarding how the new marriages will impact the existing agreements the parties share regarding their children.

Are both parents required to pay child support?

Often when a Florida child receives an award of child support it is only applicable to one of their parents. This may occur when, pursuant to the child's parents' divorce, the child is put in the custody of one parent and the other non-custodial parent is required to provide financial support for their offspring. However, just because the custodial parent is not named in a child support order does not mean that they do not have to provide for their child.

Get help with the enforcement of a child support order

Last week, this Florida family law blog discussed the steps that a custodial parent may have to take to seek child support from a non-custodial and absent parent. However, it is an unfortunate truth that custodial parents who have existing child support agreements and orders must also take steps to see that those terms are fulfilled for the benefit of their kids. When parents fail to pay child support as ordered, their children and the kids' custodial parents can be put into difficult financial strain.

Seeking child support from an absent non-custodial parent

Often when families begin considering matters related to child custody and support, it is in conjunction with a pending divorce. However, when two people have a child and do not have a legal relationship through marriage, their separation can force them to address the same legal issues related to their children without the side issues of divorce. This post will discuss some of the issues a Florida parent may encounter if they wish to seek child support for their child from the child's other parent.

How child support will factor into a tax obligation

Every year in mid-April, Florida residents scramble to submit their state and federal tax returns before the due date. While some may happily await sizable refunds, others may have to come up with significant money to pay off their taxes due. For those who pay and receive child support, the question of how to factor in that money may be an uncertainty in their preparations.

Child's special needs should be factored into support award

Parents want their children to live fulfilling, successful lives. All across Florida, moms and dad work hard to make sure that their kids are doing their best in school, having fun in extracurricular activities, and receiving necessary medical care to protect their health.

Do parents have to pay for their children's college costs?

Florida parents are generally obligated to provide financial support for their children up until the point the children reach adulthood or achieve a life event such as marriage or military enlistment that demonstrates their independence. Before then, parents are tasked with providing their kids with shelter, food, clothing and many other necessities to ensure that their needs are met.

What income is considered when a court sets child support?

Different parents may be liable to provide their children with different amounts of child support. This is because not all Florida parents earn the same levels of income or are responsible for the same types of financial obligations. To this end, when a family law court is evaluating how much money a parent should provide to their child in support, it will assess a number of different forms of income that the parent collects.

Health care costs and child support in Florida

Parents who divorce or separate in Florida and who are required to create child support agreements or orders must include provisions therein that address how costs and insurance related to the medical care of their children will be addressed. No child should be left without access to medical care simply because their parents choose to end their relationship; protection of a child's medical insurance and access to care is imperative to preserve their best interests.