Most Florida parents understand the need to take care of their children. For those kids whose parents are no longer in a relationship, it can be even more important. One income is often not enough to support children, and there are those parents who have difficulty making, or refuse to make, proper child support payments. One out-of-state sheriff's office is cracking down on those who are behind in their child support, and using Facebook to do so.
Parenting is difficult enough even in the best of circumstances. If a divorce is part of the picture, it can amplify any negativity. Even so, divorcing is sometimes the best choice for parents here in Florida and around the country. When one parent owes child support to the other, it sometimes results in disagreements over what the paying parent owes to the receiving parent. This is the case for an out-of-state lawmaker, whose ex-wife claims that he owes her several thousand dollars in overdue child support payments.
Those who are part of the U.S. military here in Florida have made a great sacrifice to the nation. They often experience a great deal more stress than civilians, and that can negatively impact their family life with many military marriages ending in divorce. When children are part of the equation, the question then becomes "how do I care for my children and honor my commitment to my country?" One out-of-state service member and his ex-wife are grappling with that very issue as they attempt to determine what amount of child support he will pay while he is deployed.
When a marriage or relationship ends, it can be an unfortunate occurrence, particularly if children are involved. Most parents here in Florida want to do whatever it takes to care for their children, whether they remain in a relationship with the other parent or not. If a parent's financial situation changes, it can be difficult to continue paying child support. If a parent falls behind, it can spiral out of control very quickly, as one recent out-of-state case illustrates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.