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.
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.
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.
Child support is one of the most important ways that a noncustodial parent may contribute to the upbringing of their child.
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.
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.
Once a Florida court approves a child support agreement or creates a child support order for a set of parents and for the benefit of their child or children, the financial obligations created therein are binding. Child support is not optional: children depend on the money they receive from their noncustodial parents to meet their education needs, provide them with basic essentials and enjoy their lives following the separation of their parents.
If a Florida couple chooses to end its relationship and the partners to it share children, then the partners may find that despite their desires to separate their lives from each other, there are a number of legal matters that they ultimately must resolve. This is especially true if the partners share children between them. In addition to establishing custodial schedules that outline where the kids will live, the parents also must work out issues related to their children's financial support.
Life can change very quickly for a Florida resident. One day they may have a solid job and firm financial footing, and the next an employment termination may leave them in a precarious economic situation. As they work to get back on their feet, they may have to take on work that pays them substantially less than what they were making in their prior employment position.
Families move into and out of Florida all of the time. Whether their relocations are due to personal preferences, job requirements or other rationales, it is not uncommon for a person to live in more than one state by the time they reach adulthood. Although moving alone can be stressful enough, some individuals who have operating family law orders may worry about how the enforcement of those orders will be managed under a new jurisdiction.