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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Does my written answer to a petition need to be notarized before submitting it to the clerk of courts

The petition was filed in broward county and I live with my child here in Polk County. I'm trying to submit my answer and relocate the case and not really sure how to go about it. I've been trying lawyers for a consultation with no luck and am running out of time to put in my submission.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Nov 28, 2022

You need to answer the petition in Broward county. You can also file a motion to transfer jurisdiction to where you live. Look for a family lawyer with a free consultation. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Do I have to file my written response in the county the petition was filed or can I file it with supplemental petition

I want to file a supplemental petition to move the case to the county where I live with my daughter but I have to write a response to the petition filed by her dad in a different county. I don't have transportation to the other county to file in their clerk of courts. Even if I file a... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Nov 28, 2022

You can file it online, using Florida's E0filing Portal:

https://www.myflcourtaccess.com/Common/UIPages/NotLoggedIn.aspx

Or, obviously, you could probably mail it to the clerk of court in the county where the father filed his petition.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: How do I file a motion for relocation. I do not live in the county where the petition was filed
Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Nov 23, 2022

You can file your supplemental petition where you live and/or preferably where the child lives. Assuming that all legal issues have been in Florida you can attach the original order to your petition as an exhibit. Relocation can be complex so speak with a local family lawyer for more specific... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Q: If someone has warrant for a family court case and they attend a hearing for a criminal case . Will they get arrested
Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Nov 3, 2022

If you have an active warrant you can be arrested anywhere, including another court hearing.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Any laws prohibiting what can be expensed/excluded from selfempincome in Fl in regards to income calc. for child support

My ex is a realtor so he can expense everything and reduce his income to almost nothing to avoid paying child support. Any laws to prevent this? What business expenses are allowable? Is gross income not used to calculate child support in this case?

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Nov 3, 2022

You may want to consider hiring an accountant to go through his personal and business financials to determine what expenses are personal or inflated. The short answer is that any expenses that are personal in nature you should have a good argument to have them included in his income for purposes of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Wanting to ask if you're close to the ending of a family court case, all needs to be done is the proposal and

Child support agreement.The mother lawyers are being rude, won't answer any questions due to the missing of one payment the price is ridiculous so I am wanting to ask if i we can continue the case with out the lawyer they have already because they put into withdraw. Would the mother be able to... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Oct 25, 2022

No person is required to have a lawyer to pursue a divorce case. The question that you have asked is very broad. My recommendation is to speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice. Look for someone with a free consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Does a custodial parent (court ordered) have to continue providing/ maintaining their child past 21 years old?

Initial decree had father/non-custodial, 4 years later father got court order custody. Child left back with non-custodial parent/mother (never changed court order), child left at 19, now is 21 demanding continuation of child support to the custodial parent/father.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Oct 18, 2022

You need to carefully read the original order and what it says about termination. In Florida child support ends at 18 or high school graduation. If your order is from another state it may extend child support to 21. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Q: I receive child support payments. If I am able to pay off a car loan. Would that change the amount of support I receive?
Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Oct 6, 2022

Child support is based specifically on each parent's income. Unless paying off the loan will increase your income (the amount of money you earn, not spend) then there will be no change. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Q: how can I protect my new spouse from my child support case in Puerto Rico?

my ex girlfriend may open a child support case on me if she finds out i am newly married. Can my pre nup in Florida protect my new wife from my ex trying to add my new wifes personal income for child support case in Puerto Rico?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Sep 23, 2022

The mother of your child cannot force your wife to pay child support in Florida, whether the mother sues in Florida, Puerto Rico, or elsewhere. Child support would be your obligation, not that of your wife. If your ex does file for child support, you and your wife probably should not own property... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Q: what type of motion would I file to make my ex pay his child support on time? he pays it every month but never on time

The judge was very clear that it needs to be paid on the 1st of the month and not any later. but it never comes on the first of the month. it comes randomly all different times of the month and I cannot budget because I don't know when it's coming and I want to have the judge enforce it... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Sep 21, 2022

Unless your ex is self employed, the best thing that you can do is to ask for an income deduction order, which is your right under the law. With that order the child support would be deducted directly from his pay check by the state and then forwarded to you. Speak with a local family lawyer for... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Child support lawsuit Vs. Disability

The mother of my child filed a lawsuit against me for child support money. I haven’t worked in three years due to work injuries and I’m unable to work because of my restrictions. I send my medical files to the department of revenue. I asked them to modify my support payment. Even when I was... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Sep 20, 2022

You must deal directly with the court that issued the child support order. File a motion and explain your situation. Timesharing and child support are not directly related, meaning if one parent withholds the child that is not a reason to not pay child support. You are raising complicated issues... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Social Security, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Child support lawsuit Vs. Disability

If I’m unable to work because I’m disabled. Can the mother of my child sue me for money even if I have medical evidence? I just gave the court my documents files for proof but the mother of my child is still pursuing a lawsuit to give her money when I can not work at all.

Pamela J. Fero Esq.
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Pamela J. Fero Esq.
answered on Sep 19, 2022

File a modification on child support to adjust your payment while you are in that situation. Do your best to get a job when you can so you can still support your child. It is every parent's responsibility to provide for their children.

Talk to your attorney to know how best to proceed.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: I was on child support with my ex husband and he gave me the kids because he no longer could care for them and now that

They are grown he is seeking back child support for the time I had them. What can I do?

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Sep 19, 2022

You need to get a hearing before the court that issued the child support order to explain what happened. You should have returned to court when he gave you the children. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: My decree states 880 per month child support for 2 children. 1 child turns 18 soon. Decree doesn’t state 440 per child.

When my child turns 18, he has graduated HS, will my supposed now be 440 per month?

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Sep 19, 2022

You should speak with a local family law attorney to recalculate your child support for one child. It does not automatically go to half and it could even be lower than half. More importantly, you want to record the change with the court so that you are protected if there is a dispute in the future... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Q: If the custodial parent loses custody of their kids does the non custodial parent have to continue paying child support
Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Sep 15, 2022

If you have a legal child support obligation then you must return to court to modify that legal obligation. The custodial parent losing custody will not "automatically" change your obligation. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Q: Here in Mississippi it's 21 the by law saids military full time, marriage,incarceration and self supportive are grounds
Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Sep 13, 2022

If you have never been to court in Florida then you need to speak to a Mississippi lawyer. Your message says that you are in Miami, Florida.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: If my 19 yr daughter moves out of the house with her mother and lives with her boyfriend and works do I still pay child

support the the mother

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Sep 13, 2022

In Florida child support terminates at 18 or high school graduation if later. First you need to read your child support order and see what it says. Second, if you do owe child support and the child is working you can go to court for a reduction based on the child's earnings. Speak with a local... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: My daughters father who had physical custody has passed away in Florida. Now I have my daughter

Our custody agreement is from Kentucky. I’m I required to transfer and change the agreement it in the courts in Florida?

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Sep 12, 2022

If you are still the legal parent of the child and only shared the child with the father then why is an agreement needed at all? Besides a family lawyer you may need to speak to a probate lawyer (a lawyer that handles estates after someone dies). If you had your parental rights taken away that is a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence, Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: the father of my child moved me into his home a year ago. Can he kick me out even if i have nowhere to go with my kid?

he gave me 1 month to leave his house because I caught him cheating. It escalated where he put his hands on me in front of my child. I called the police and reported it. I don't have family around so I have nowhere to go right away. I haven't worked in 6 months, he's been paying all... Read more »

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Sep 10, 2022

No, he cannot just kick you out like a dog. If you have stayed there for longer than 30 days, then he has to take legal steps to evict you. If you are married then different rules apply. But if you are just a houseguest, then he first has to serve you a notice to vacate, and then he has to file an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Is there a way to establish legal rules on paper but not through the whole process? Maybe like with a mediator or?

My daughters father and I are not married and have never been married. I moved to Florida from Georgia and don’t have money to switch my car and everything over to Florida. So I have an out of state license. My child’s dad always wants me to drive and bring her to him and we have disagreements... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Aug 26, 2022

If yo have never been married then you as the mother have total control of the situation. If you have lived in Florida for more than six months then you can file for paternity here, with or without a drivers license. You just have to prove that you have lived here and plan to continue living here.... Read more »

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