Florida Child Support Questions & Answers

Q: I recieve Medicaid and Food stamps. Will child support be requested from my babies father by Florida State?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Nov 14, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
Yes, as soon as you register for public assistance they will start looking for the father to pay child support.

Q: Can I request and get approved a reduction in child support if my financial situation has changed?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Nov 6, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
Child support is based on each parent's income, not their expenses. If you are earning the same amount it will probably not warrant a decrease in child support.

Q: Are expenses considered such as car payment, car insurance expense before child support is calculated

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Nov 5, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
Child support is calculated on each parent's income. The only deductions considered besides taxes are health insurance and mandatory retirement payments.

Q: I owe back child support to a lady she passed away and my kid is over 18 what happens now

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Nov 5, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
You still owe it. Whether it will be collected is another matter.

Q: What can I do if I owe back child support and the person I owe it to dies

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Nov 4, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
You technically would owe it to the decedent's estate.

Q: Can I ask for child support for my 2 girls even if i am not legally divorced or separated but havent lived in same state

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Florida on
Answered on Oct 29, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
I don't see why not. For assistance, explore this link:

http://floridarevenue.com/childsupport/apply/Pages/apply.aspx

Q: Is the opposing party allow to request a deposition on a family case via a telephone call?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Oct 22, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Are you asking about requesting (scheduling with the opposing party) the deposition or are you asking about a telephonic deposition?

If it's the former, no; the notice of deposition has to be in writing.

If it's a telephonic deposition, sure; the deponent would be at the location of the court reporter, who would also, as a notary, administer the oath. Other parties could appear by telephone, assuming that the appropriate technology is available. What possible objection would...

Q: Clarify Child Support for my 3 children - Said support shall continue until all children have turned eighteen(18) year

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Florida on
Answered on Oct 22, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
In general the law in Florida is that child support is recalculated as each child emancipates. If the two of you do not agree as to what the language means then your remedy is to return to court for the judge to decide. Same with the life insurance. If he does not agree to pay for his own as ordered then you must return to court.

Q: Sighned birth certificate I been paying every since. back pay 15,000 hes 18 next month..what happens now

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Oct 18, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Is there a court order pursuant to which you have been paying this child support? If so, the order should provide when you can stop making payments (normally when the child turns 18 or often when he also finishes school]. I don't know what you mean by "... back pay 15,000 [dollars, I assume] …".

Q: Live in Fl, minor son lives in Ohio with Mom. Should i establish a support order/visits in Fla. or Oh? Best option is?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Oct 17, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
If there is no current order then the state where the child lives is the home state for court actions.

Q: Can I file changes to my parenting plan here? My divorce was final in Washington state. Neither of us live in Washington

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Florida on
Answered on Oct 12, 2018
Mr Eric Klein's answer
It depends where the child(ren) are domiciled. If the children are domiciled in Florida, Yes. You will need to domesticate the WA court order in the Florida court first. Then, you can go in to modify the parenting plan. If the child(ren) are domiciled in Canada, you will have to do the same thing, but in a Canadian court. I hope this helps, Good Luck!

Q: So if I owe back child support and I am paying on it I'm I'm still obligated for a modification.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Oct 10, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
A modification is only effective going forward. If you have an arrearage from when you did owe child support you still have to satisfy that.

Q: I've been on child support for 17 years now and my son has been with his mom for 17 years and she just gave him to me so

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Oct 10, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
You need to return to the court where the child support order was issued and ask for a modification.

Q: I dated the mother of my son for over a year off and on, he’s about to be 2 years old in January,

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Oct 8, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
You must file a Petition for Paternity to establish your legal rights as the father.

Q: I am receiving back payment from child support, my two daughters are 20, and 21.There father

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Oct 6, 2018
Deborah Annette Carroll's answer
The back child support is owed to you, not your daughters. You supported your daughters during the time this support was ordered and not paid. This money is reimbursing you for the financial burden you carried when you were the only parent supporting your children.

Q: The mother of my child left home one morning with my 3 year old son and flew out of state to Nantucket from Florida. And

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Oct 6, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
File suit against the mother for custody or visitation. You have six months from when they left in which to do so in Florida.

Q: will signing my rights away stop child support?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Oct 4, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
In a word: no; you will still be liable for child support.

Q: Hello, I live in Cape Canaveral and need a pro bono divorce lawyer, how do i go about it? It's urgent.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Oct 4, 2018
Mr Eric Klein's answer
You should contact Legal Aid of Brevard County to assist you on a pro bono basis. Good luck.

Q: I would like to recieve the child support my mother is receiving, I am 20 years old in college struggling.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Oct 3, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
If someone (perhaps your father) has been court-ordered to pay child support to your mother, that person can ask the court to end the ongoing support obligation. But you would not have standing to request such modification; child support is payable to the custodial parent or other person. Perhaps your grandmother can make such a request, if she is still supporting you.

Q: Can the judge dismiss a supplemental petition for child custody & support, without going to hearing?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Sep 30, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
File an opposition to their motion to dismiss, setting forth the other matters and informing the court that you intend to present evidence.

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