When you and your partner split, the financial burden of the child is still left up to both of you. To that end, child support is made mandatory under Florida law in order to ensure that the child gets as much financial support as possible. You can face legal consequences for skipping out on it.
Divorces can become complicated when children are involved. This is especially true when it comes to determining financial responsibilities after a split. You may have questions like: after a divorce, who is primarily responsible for footing the financial bill of your kids?
Single parents of Seminole County know firsthand the financial damage caused by the other parent’s failure to keep up with child support payments. However, many people may be unaware that unpaid child support can also burden taxpayers, particularly when the parent awaiting payment is forced to go on public assistance.
According to the Florida Department of Revenue, child support amounts are determined using state-established guidelines. These guidelines are set out in Florida statutes and were created in order make sure the amounts noncustodial parents must pay are fair.
Raising a child requires both emotional and financial commitment. When a single parent cannot rely on child support payments from the other parent, it can generate a lot of stress. In some Florida cases, delayed payments are caused by delinquency on the part of noncustodial parents. However, there are also situations in which a state child support system may be responsible for problems with payment delivery.
In a perfect world, all parents would pay their child support on time. Unfortunately, there are many situations in which Longwood parents do not receive their payments. Incarceration, for example, may result in a loss of child support payments during the imprisoned parent’s sentence. At the law firm of Michelle A. Barry, we understand how difficult these situations are for parents who depend on child support to raise their children. As such, we work hard to ensure that custodial parents understand what may occur when noncustodial parents go to prison.
When a child is born, some Florida parents may not be sure who the child's biological father may be. In cases like this, paternity can be determined either through voluntary methods or through DNA tests if it is contested.
When parents in Florida and around the country do not pay their court-ordered child support, there are consequences. An assistant district attorney in Wisconsin is finding information on Facebook to help prosecute parents who are behind in their child support payments. Social media could be used in the same way to catch delinquent parents all over the country.
An All-Star basketball player is petitioning a court for sole custody of a child of a New York woman. If a new paternity test determines that Indiana Pacer Paul George is the father, he is asking for the trial to be moved to Florida, where George and the woman met. His petition is being delayed until the decision regarding jurisdiction is decided.
A 24-year-old Miami woman has filed an action against Indiana Pacers NBA star, Paul George. In the action, the woman seeks to establish George's paternity and child support obligations for a child born in May 2013. The suit was filed in the Manhattan Family Court.