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Addressing child custody concerns

Child custody concerns are an important consideration for most divorcing parents. As a result, it is helpful for divorcing parents to understand how child custody concerns are addressed and handled through the family law system and the resources available to them through the family law process.

The different options for establishing paternity

There are different methods of establishing paternity it is important for parents and families to be familiar with. Paternity has significant implications for children, parents and families including both emotional and financial importance that can also impact child custody and child support.

How are child support orders enforced in Florida?

Child support can sometimes be a contentious issue between divorced or separated parents. Parents receiving child support may wonder how they enforce a child support order in Florida and parents paying child support may wonder what they can do if they cannot afford their child support payments.

Understanding modification resources following divorce

Few things remain the same following a divorce as children grow and life moves on. Because of that reality, it is important to be familiar with the family law resources available to help with modifications related to a divorce as circumstances change and the need arises.

Know your options in family law court

No one in Florida looks forward to a family law court proceeding, but these can be some of the most important events in a person's life. From divorce and child support to paternity actions and child custody disputes, the decisions that are made in these proceedings can have a profound impact on a Florida resident's life.

The right approach to complicated family law issues

No one likes to air their dirty laundry in public, but complicated family law issues usually result in high-stakes court hearings, hurt feelings and relationships that are changed forever, sometimes with all of this playing out in public. From divorce issues, such as property division, child support and child custody, to paternity issues and domestic violence, family law issues are, perhaps above any other area of law, an area in which the people involved have life-changing decisions to make. Finding the right approach to these complicated issues can seem daunting to any Florida resident.

National news about Florida man who owed over $500,000 in support

For some people, child support is a financial burden that they are always looking for ways to get out from under. There are many honest reasons for why Florida residents get behind on child support payments: maybe they unexpectedly lost their job; maybe the initial order of child support was higher than they expected; or maybe other financial circumstances have changed for the worse. But, it is hard for a person to get nearly $550,000 behind on child support unless that person is willingly disobeying a court order.

Judges can deviate from Florida's child support guidelines

Raising a child to the age of majority is expensive. Initially, parents are inundated with costs for new clothes and furniture, toys, diapers and childcare, which can eat into a family's financial resources quite hardily. Then, as the child ages, other expenses can accumulate, including those related to school, not to mention the day-to-day expenses that must be dealt with until the child turns 18. Meeting these financial needs can be challenging for a couple, but it can become even more difficult or even impossible when a divorce or breakup leaves a custodial parent on the financial hook.

Child custody and the child's best interests

There are many important areas of family law. Depending on one's specific set of circumstances, certain family law issues may prove to be more pertinent. Those who are concerned about their post-divorce financial health, for example, may find that property division is of the utmost importance to them. On the other hand, in many cases where children are involved, child custody and visitation is usually thrust to the forefront. Those who want to protect the time and relationship they have with their child need to ensure that they know the law and how to use it to their advantage.

What is paternity and why is it important?

When it comes to child-related legal matters, the law often favors mothers. Unmarried mothers are assumed to have custody, and child support is often ordered to be paid to these custodial mothers. Fathers, on the other hand, typically have to be active in their pursuit to secure their legal rights. The first step in doing so is establishing paternity.

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