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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: I filed a supplemental petition for modification and my ex has not responded in the allotted time. What do I do next?

I filed a supplemental petition to modify the parenting plan and child support to reflect the timeshare actually received. (She pays bare minimum and does not pick up her days.) I served her these motions and filed with the court, but she has not served me with the proper response. All she has... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Sep 14, 2021

Contact the judge's assistant and ask if you need to schedule a hearing or, alternatively, if the judge will rule on your supplemental petition without a hearing.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Hello, I am a mom in the process of separation from my husband. Is it a good idea to sell my house?

We purchased the house before we got married. I don't have money or a place to go but he suggested that we sell the house... what should I do?

Linda Liang
Linda Liang answered on Aug 29, 2021

You should not before you understand the ownership of the house. You should talk to an attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Wife walked out on me and daughters

We - myself, my wife of 22 years, eldest daughter 21 and twin girls 16 - immigrated to St Augustine FL from South Africa in March 2020 via sponsorship by my brother. We all have permanent residence green card. A couple of months ago my wife got a new job and on the day the twins came home from... Read more »

Camila Martin
Camila Martin answered on Aug 27, 2021

You should file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and request that the Court sets a timesharing with your daughters and their mother and establishes child support.

DISCLAIMER: The answer provided here do not constitute legal advice. Any statements made are based on the limited facts...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Q: Good afternoon, I have an accumulate debt on Puerto Rico . My daughters are of legal age whit children. How I can closed

There not interested in that money, what I need to do for close the case ??

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 24, 2021

You should ask this question in Justia > Ask a Lawyer > Puerto Rico > Child Support, because it is not a matter of Florida law. By typically child support is owed to the child's custodian, not to the child.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Florida on
Q: Can I prove to court I’ve been paying my ex directly for child support so I won’t have to make retroactive payment?

I calculated monthly support payments online with Florida child support calculator and would like to pay her that amount until the court case is final.

Nicole Vette
Nicole Vette answered on Aug 20, 2021

Yes, but no cash as there is no paper trail and clearly put child support in memo line.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Will the court take into account other children when a new case for child support is opened?

I was served papers from a girlfriend whom I last saw 8 years ago. She alleges I am the father of her child. My wife and I have a daughter who is 3 and we were concerned that if this were true, we would be unable to provide adequately for our daughter. Using a calculator, the estimated child... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 16, 2021

No--not unless you are divorced and are obligated by law to pay child support to two (or more) different women at the same time.

I know many people will think this does not sound "fair." But the child support laws are designed to help all the single mothers out there raise their...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Regarding “non regular payments”

Hi there! I just had a quick question. I’ve been receiving child support for 8-9 years and I’ve never had this happen. My ex is paying his support, has been consistently for 3-4 years now. The payments have come in but the dept of child support is holding them. They said there’s a lock on my... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 15, 2021

I don't see any question, "quick" or otherwise.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: In florida I pay child support served papers for name change for daughter. Am I still responsible to pay child support
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 11, 2021

Yes. Someone wants to change your daughter's name, but that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with whether or not your obligation to continue to pay child support. If she was being adopted, for example, that would be different.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: My children are 27 and 24 I owe back child support but I can prove that I had the children for 4 years

Can I file for back child support for the four years and have it come off what I owe

Linda Liang
Linda Liang answered on Aug 4, 2021

You could have filed child support modification at the start of the 4 years you had the child. You have long past the due date.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can I petition for custody of my grandson? Or at least try to get visitations established thru the court?

I had been raising my 6 1/2 grandson all his life. 100% by myself for the past 5 years with no help from his mother(my daughter) or his dad. 3 weeks ago his father showed up with his name finally on the B.C. & they also called DCF making outrageous false allegations concerning my 16yo son. The... Read more »

Camila Martin
Camila Martin answered on Jul 29, 2021

You should consult with an attorney that can assist you after getting more information on your particular case. You could file a Petition for Temporary Custody by Extended Family in Family Court where a Judge will make a determination on whether or not it is in the child's best interest that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: What are my rights if my fiance is cheating on me and we have a 2yr old and own a home together in Orlando FL

I would prefer to keep the house and just refinance without him on there, but I am not sure I can afford it, although I was head of household for 2020.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 26, 2021

If you are not married, you can't seek a divorce (or dissolution). Thus the laws for disposition of marital property do not apply. Instead, you would have to sue him for "partition" of the property. The property would be sold and each of you would get part of the proceeds.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Q: Calculating child support using the Florida child support guideline worksheet.

Is line 9b subtracted from line 9a to determine cost from father to mother? (If lines 10-21 are not applicable because father has less than 73 nights.)

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Jul 21, 2021

No subtraction. Whoever has the greater number pays that number.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: Can my dad take my phone away if i’m 17 and he paid for it?

He paid for the phone and pays for the phone bill but he can just stop that can he take my phone legally?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 19, 2021

Yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Domestic Violence for Florida on
Q: I'm 17 and wish to runaway with my older boyfriend, we need some advice?

My family has always been very abusive, and as of recently it has gotten worse. They aren't this way to another sibling of mine so I don't want to risk that sibling going into foster care if I call child services. I'm 17 and I have a boyfriend above the age of majority who wishes to... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 13, 2021

Depending on his age, he could be accused of "sexual battery" (called statutory rape in most places), if they suspect he is having sex with you.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: If a father don’t sign the birth certificate but he’s on child support. If the mother dies, who do the kids go to?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 9, 2021

If he has been adjudicated to be the father, and a child support order would do that, he could petition the court for custody.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: Would it count as kidnapping if I picked them up a friend in an abusive household and kept them safe in another place.

father is a rapist and physical/mental abuser, mother physically/emotionally abuser. Police have been called on numerous occasions and have done nothing. Mother has "kicked out" my friend and called police stating that they ran away. Threaten to kill if police or cps is called. Cps has... Read more »

Tami Lane Augen
Tami Lane Augen answered on Jul 4, 2021

This is a difficult question if DCF is not taking any action. It is unclear who called DCF. Your friend can call the abuse hotline herself. She can also continue to call. Your friend can contact the authorities herself as well. Further, your friend may want to reach out to another trusted... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Q: hey if your not married to your babies father and you want to put him on child support and he wants to change it

hey if your not married to your babies father and you want to put him on child support and he wants to change it and i the mother dose not want to is the judge still going to change in order to put the father on child support.?

Tami Lane Augen
Tami Lane Augen answered on Jul 4, 2021

The court will consider all matters properly brought before it via a Petition and should make a determination. If you file a petition for paternity and to establish child support, the father may also file a petition for paternity and to establish parental responsibility and a parenting plan with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Child support modification. How does a judge usual determine how much should be paid monthly on arrears?

My child father and I can’t come to an agreement on how much he should pay monthly for child support arrears. He owes about 30000 in arrears and base on our income going forward he would be paying very little for support going forward. He lost his job and our income is somewhat the same. I will... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 1, 2021

1. Stop trying to "negotiate" with the father of your child. (That won't work and you know it.)

2. If you had a divorce lawyer you should ask him to help you.

3. If you did not have a divorce lawyer you should find one and hire them right now.

4. If you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Q: Why do I have two cases of child support on the same child in two different states?

I live in Florida and my child lives in Alabama with her mother.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 1, 2021

I expect that the Florida Department of Revenue (the agency that tries to collect child support in this state) is working with the Alabama child support agency to collect the child support.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Q: I moved to to Florida and pay support in PR my rights were taken from child do I still pay support?

My rights were taken by judge but I have a zero balance and I continue to pay support but haven’t seen child in 15 years.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Jun 23, 2021

You need to review the child support order and return to the court that issued the order to confirm that nothing further is owed. You can then ask for termination of the child support order, if necessary.

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