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What are everyday expenses in child support terms?

When parents in Florida get divorced, they still have a child to take care of. Child support payments are meant to help bridge the financial gap created after one parent leaves. The other parent is meant to cover everyday expenses, and use the support payments to help.

Penalties for unpaid child support

Paying child support is essential for any parent in Florida who has a court order to do so. The Florida Department of Revenue explains that the court order specifies how often child support payments should be made, as well as how much they should be. The money goes toward food, clothing and shelter for the child, which is often enough motivation. 

How Florida’s HB 313 may impact the state’s child support system

If you are a Florida resident with child support obligations and fall behind on payments, you may lose your license, but a new bill introduced by a state representative would modify the system currently in place, should it pass. At the Law Firm of Chris E. Ragano, P.A., we have a thorough understanding of the repercussions involved with failing to pay child support, and we have assisted many clients like you who are either required to pay support, or seeking support from another.

Will I need to modify my child support agreement?

While the judge’s declaration of divorce means your marriage is dissolved, the truth is that all negotiations may not be behind you. If you have children, you will likely still need to spend some time determining the appropriate amounts of child support as both your and your spouse’s financial situations evolve. The Florida Office of Child Support Enforcement outlines the specifics to know  as you revisit the terms of your arrangement.

The basics of Florida child support

When it comes to child support, there are many questions divorced parents can have. Concerns over how much will be required, what qualifies as income and how deductions will be determined are all common. Understanding Florida child support can make the entire process smoother and less stressful.

Rules would mandate child support modifications for inmates

Florida inmates may soon face less of a burden with burgeoning child support debt while they are in prison. The Obama administration is planning to issue new child support rules mandating that states allow inmates to modify their child support orders for the time that they are incarcerated.

Additional child support for private school tuition

For many Florida parents, private school is a must for their children's education. When a couple is no longer together, it may be prohibitively expensive for one parent to pay the cost of the tuition alone. Some custodial parents then ask for courts to order additional child support amounts to help them pay for their children's private school education.

Things all parents should know about child support

For Tampa parents who decide to divorce or split up, determining who will have primary custody of the children can be a long and difficult process. However, if it is not done properly, there are severe consequences that can occur. For many, child support is critical and there are steps that both parents must take in order to protect themselves.

Sherri Shepherd loses again in child support battle

Floridians who have been following the case of Sherri Shepherd, the former co-host of "The View" who refused to acknowledge her child born through surrogacy. In the case, Ms. Shepherd had signed a surrogacy contract with her then-husband to use his sperm and a donor egg for a baby. During the surrogate's pregnancy, the couple separated and engaged in a nasty battle, resulting in Ms. Shepherd trying to negate the contract and disavow the child.

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