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Category Archives: Child Support

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Does Child Support Cover Private School Tuition?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When Florida courts award child support, they take a number of financial and personal factors into account, including a child’s educational needs. In certain situations, a parent can even be required to help pay for a private school education, so if you want to enroll your child in private school and have questions about… Read More »

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Child Custody Issues Faced by Unmarried Parents

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, just because a couple is unmarried does not mean that they are not required to come up with a custody or child support arrangement in the event of a separation. In fact, unmarried parents often face additional hurdles if the name of the child’s father is not on the birth certificate. In… Read More »

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Are There any Valid Reasons for Failing to Pay Child Support?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Some of the most difficult issues that parents must cope with when going through a divorce relate to child custody. Although courts favor ordering joint custody, which gives parents equal physical and legal custody of their children, this is not always possible. In these cases, the non-custodial parent is required to pay child support… Read More »

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Modifying a Child Support Order or Timesharing Agreement

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Before a divorce can be finalized, parties with children must come create a plan that accounts for child support, time sharing responsibilities, and alimony. However, as time goes on and children age, these orders may need to be modified to reflect a child’s preference, a remarriage, or the need to relocate for a new… Read More »

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Child Support Contempt Proceedings

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Following a divorce, the next hurdle that many individuals face is ensuring that they are receiving their child support payments on time. Unfortunately, missed child support payments and inaccuracies in payments are far more common than most people believe. Child support issues are some of the most common issues encountered in family law. Struggling… Read More »

How Military Service Can Affect Parenting Time And Child Support In the State of Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Military service and its impact on parenting time and child support is governed by Florida statute 61.13002. In the state of Florida, courts are limited in their ability to modify when a deployment or activation affects the service member’s ability to fulfill the parenting time requirements and rights in the original order. The courts… Read More »

One Perspective on Solving the Child Support Debt Crisis

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

An interesting article published by Pacific Standard magazine on July 17th takes a close look at how much debt is owed regarding child support payments in our country, and, much like student loan forgiveness, what types of innovative programs could be established to help pay off this debt more effectively to support American families…. Read More »

The International Treaty to Streamline Child Support Payments & Enforcement

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

What happens if one parent who owes money for child support moves abroad? The United States has spent years trying to address this very issue in the form of an international treaty aimed at making it easier to track these parents down. However, its implementation depends upon each U.S. state approving the details by… Read More »

What Is Emancipation Of A Minor? Can It Affect Child Support?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Each state (including Florida) provides for a process by which children can become legally independent of their parents (also known as “emancipation”). When a child is legally designated as independent, it can affect some of the parents’ legal obligations as well, for example, child support payments. Typically, emancipation takes place by a child growing… Read More »

What Happens If A Parent Does Not Pay Child Support?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Many would be shocked to read that, according to the U.S. Census, only about half of all custodial parents have legal or informal child support arrangements, and less than half of these parents with arrangements actually received full payments in 2011. Yet, regardless of whether there are arrangements in place, it is common sense… Read More »

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