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Posts tagged "Child Support"

Tips for locating a deadbeat parent

In Florida, more children than ever are being born to unmarried couples. Getting married is a personal choice that does not affect an ability to raise children. However, staying unmarried does make it easier for one spouse to disappear if he or she does not wish to parent or pay any expenses for the children. In other words, to avoid paying child support when he or she decides to no longer be a part of the relationship.

Medical expenses and child support

Ongoing medical expenses for a sick or disabled child can add up very quickly, especially for families with no insurance. When calculating child support payments, it is of vital importance that current, as well as future expenses, be taken into account to ensure there is money available when bills arrive.

Keep detailed records of support payments

Most Florida residents have a good understanding of their monthly income and expenses. They may track their spending through their online credit card and bank statements, or they may maintain a ledger that informs them of the checks they have written over the course of the last few months. They may hold onto receipts and payment slips until they know that payments have been processed, so that they are prepared to handle any disputes regarding such matters.

Addressing the divorce-related concerns of divorcing couples

As this blog recently discussed, half of all marriages end in divorce. Because of this, it is essential for divorcing couples to be familiar with family law resources to help them with their divorce process and to guide them through it so that the process can be as positive as possible for the family.

Does my child's graduation mean I can stop paying their support?

Children can have drastically different needs and, for this reason, the child support orders that Florida courts issue can look very different. In general, though, a child support order may terminate a parent's requirement to pay when the child reaches the age of 18 or 19 and graduates from high school. However, individuals should look at their own child support orders for information regarding their particular rights and obligations.

Addressing medical expenses in a child support order

Parents generally have an obligation for the care and support of their children and children generally have a right to care and support from their parents. This includes child support obligations but can also uninsured or unreimbursed medical expenses as well.

Permissible uses of child support payments

Raising a child in 2018 can be an expensive undertaking. Even for parents who choose to send their kids to public schools and who earn steady incomes, ensuring that children have everything they need to thrive can be financially challenging. When a Florida child is the recipient of child support payments from one of their parents, there may be questions regarding what that money may be used for.