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Fathers struggle with child support, custody

Florida parents often struggle with adjusting to the new norms laid out by their child custody agreements. However, some fathers say it is not a matter of getting used to a new life, but that of getting the short end of the stick when it comes to child support and custody. Even as parenting expectations change, many dads feel that their ability to parent is not respected after divorce.

Basic necessities and more -- what child support covers

Providing necessary financial support is just another part of being a parent. This is relatively straightforward when a child lives with their parent who deals with all of those little daily costs as they arise, such as paying the rent, buying groceries and making payments during doctor visits. Less clear, however, is how Florida parents should split these costs when they are no longer married. Child support orders ensure that children continue receiving that financial support from both parents, even if they are divorced. 

Britney Spears' ex seeks child support increase

The ex-husband of pop star Britney Spears is seeking more money to take care of the children. He has full custody of the former couple's two children, and is currently receiving monthly child support payments. He recently asked for more money, citing the singer's increased income and a desire to more fully provide for the needs of the kids. Just like many other Florida parents seeking additional support, the father, Kevin Federline, says that he is willing to take the issue to court if necessary. 

Wrong man served with child support papers in Florida

Tracking down the father of a child may not be as easy as one would think. Recently, in Florida, a mix-up at the child support office sent officials to the wrong door. The man was later able to clear his name with the help of the mother of the child. A court case like this one could potentially suffer delays and setbacks unless authorities go after the correct individual. 

Child support basics -- who, what and why

More than just a check, child support payments are designed to help a child thrive. In Florida, a person may wonder about the ins and outs of child support, especially if they are newly separated or divorced. With each new situation in life comes questions about the details. In regard to child support, some are wondering - who is it for, who is responsible to pay and why is it important? 

Florida man supposedly owes more than $100k in child support

In a battle spanning 25 years and two states, one woman still pursues back payments she says are owed to her for the care of her children. The father allegedly owes more than $100k in back child support, according to Florida records. Although the children are now older, the mother still hopes to retrieve the money to send the children to college. 

Does child support affect taxes?

A person facing the end of a marriage has lots of details to manage. One detail that may not immediately pop up is how the breakup will affect future tax returns. Taxes, like divorce, are another one of those intimidating issues that most people will avoid if at all possible. But anyone in Florida going through a divorce will eventually need to understand how the change will affect how they file their taxes from now on. Child support and child custody can affect how one files, as well as alimony and retirement accounts. 

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.

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