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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Daughters 18 and 19 can they move from PR to US to live with dad instead of mom?

Daughters are 18 and 19 they live in PR and want to come live with dad in the US. Divorce stated mother has full Custody and mother gets support since they were 8, and 9. Would they be able to move without legal issues?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 28, 2020

Probably not. Apparently 21 is the age of majority in Puerto Rico. Assuming the divorce was in Puerto Rico, the mother would probably have to apply to the Puerto Rican court to modify custody.

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Q: I have a 15 year old son and pay child support to his mother. Can support amount be modified? I have 4 more children.

I have been paying support for my son since he was 1. He will be 16 this year. His mother and I were never married. She lives in Florida and I live in NY. I went through the courts to ensure and establish visitation with my son. Child support was verbally agreed upon, only visitation established by... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Jan 28, 2020

Child support in Florida is always modifiable until the child emancipates. Subsequently born children are not a reason to modify. However, since you have never been to court for child support perhaps you should first speak to mom about a reduction. If you do go to court you will receive credit for... Read more »

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Q: I live in Florida & my child and his father live in Philadelphia how to i put myself on child support and get visitation

When i was 17 custody was given to him on the basis that i said i was going to kill myself and the child at the time which was untrue i moved to Florida and didnt have any contact with for years recently got in contact and hes constantly bothering me for money for himself which i send but since... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 27, 2020

You need to obtain the services of a Philadelphia lawyer. Actually, any attorney licensed to practice in Pennsylvania will do, but you probably should get one who practices family law.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Can my child's mother have what I owe in back child support erased? Our son is 21 and lives on his own.

I owe my child's mother back child support. I was paying her for years through Western Union and she wasn't reporting it. I was able to get that taken off what I owe because I was able to produce proof of the payments. Fast forward a few years, and she said she is willing to have the balance... Read more »

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 22, 2020

In many States the custodial person can sign an affidavit stating they have received the money and there isn't anymore due; however, it will depend on whether there is any money due the State for medicaid recovery, etc. You can check the State's child support website for more information.

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Q: Can interest on arrears child support in Texas be decrease or forgiven n how? Children are in their 30’s now but still.

Can payments be reduced? Been paying on n off for over 20 years. N still owe 10,000 support n 19,000 interest. Ex- living high, children successful n me disabled vet.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 17, 2020

You should ask this question in Justia > Ask a Lawyer > Texas > Child Support. The laws in every state are different.

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Q: My ex boyfriend lied saying he didnt know my child wasnt his when he signed the birth certificate. But he did know

Now he is sueing me so he doesn't have to pay child support

Madeline Pichardo-Riestra
Madeline Pichardo-Riestra answered on Jan 15, 2020

There are a few courses of action that you could take, but I suggest that you schedule a consult with a family law attorney to represent you in this matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Can my father and fathers girlfriend file abandonment against me if we had signed and notarized temporary guardianship?

I originally was in the home with my son at my fathers. But he accused me of being high after my aunt whom raised me and was super close to me passed away. He smacked me in front of my son and threw me out and wouldn't let me take my son with me. Later that day he let me back in and well we... Read more »

Madeline Pichardo-Riestra
Madeline Pichardo-Riestra answered on Jan 15, 2020

Taking a parent's right is not as easy as it sounds, but it is a serious and complicated matter. If the hearing is in Florida, I suggest that you consult and hire a family law attorney who will be able to help you.

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Q: How do I submit a lower tribunal order of insolvency for a child support appeal. I can't even find a document to submit.
Madeline Pichardo-Riestra
Madeline Pichardo-Riestra answered on Jan 15, 2020

Some clerk offices have blank documents, but your best course of action would be to hire a family law attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Ask judge to cancel interest.

child support paid off, court told us the interest would not be charged, no proof, but now they are charging us interest. the eservices shows a zero balance and they are still taking money but we cant see where it is going and no payment history. Help to take it to the courts to cancel the... Read more »

RoseMarie Feller
RoseMarie Feller answered on Jan 9, 2020

We can certainly file a motion with the court to clarify the issue of interest and terminate what they are taking. We can also ask the judge to consider having them reimburse you for funds that were taken against the court order. Please schedule a free consultation at 407-878-5942.

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Q: How can I get help with child support if in another state

My sons father is in arrears Over 9 thousand dollars and hasn’t paid anything since august 2019 I currently live in Fl the child support order is in ny he hasn’t done his taxes and works under the table to avoid payments i don’t know what I should do please help me

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Jan 8, 2020

You need to start with a lawyer in the state that issued the child support order. You may be able to domesticate the NY order in FL and then pursue enforcement here. Good luck.

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Q: my ex husband never petitioned for child support the 3 years he had our son from age 15-17. Our son is now 19yrs.

My ex is threatening to take me back to court to get retro active child support now that my son is 19yrs old. Can he do that?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 8, 2020

Does "ex" mean ex-husband? If so, had you divorced when he had custody of your son? And if so, what did the divorce decree say about child support?

Your ex should have sought a court order to modify the divorce decree at the time your son was living with him. Since he didn't do so, it...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Foreclosure and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Is there anyway I can establish paternity of my son's deceased father although I do not know any of his family
Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Jan 6, 2020

The short answer is no. In family law once the father has passed away without an establishment of paternity the family court has lost jurisdiction.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Q: What does MOTION TO IMPOSE SUSPENDED SENTENCE

6 months ago, court date for non payment child support. Instead of jail time, allowed time to pay. Wages garnished and continue on like that. What does this motion mean? Going to jail?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jan 6, 2020

No. It looks like the Court is happy with the current situation and the prosecution is moving to memorialize what happened-while at the same time making sure you continue doing the right thing.

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Q: Can a adult child receive back child support payments from father if mother passed away?

Hi. My mother passed away unexpectedly and she was receiving back support payments from my father. I am a adult. Am I able to claim those payments or what will happen now? I live in a different state however the child support case is in Florida.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 3, 2020

Her estate can seek the money; you cannot directly.

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Q: I live in FL and pay child support for a child in NJ but need my child support adjusted can I use a lawyer in FL
Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Jan 2, 2020

You generally need to return to the court that issued the child support order for a modification. If your child support order is from NJ and the child still lives in NJ then you should consult with a NJ lawyer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Does a mother have a right to request more child support because the father lives with his girlfriend!

The mother lives in Texas and she has custody of the child. He comes during the summer and every other winter break. The father and I (father’s girlfriend) moved in together recently. She found out when FaceTiming her son that he and I moved in together. She was livid and threatened to not tell... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Dec 26, 2019

You do not say whether the child support order is from Texas or Florida. In Florida, child support is based on each parent's income and does not include a subsequent partner's income. If the order is from Texas then you will need to ask a Texas attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice, Child Support, Civil Litigation and Public Benefits for Florida on
Q: How do I file a response to a motion from DOR for ridirection of payment?

I received a motion that my very bad attorney said nothing about and that was on the 5th and I went into the hospital for cancer surgury right after. My ex has been fraudulently receiving medicaid benefits while she has been running a lucrative side business and I have the PI reports. I have never... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Dec 25, 2019

Even if your attorney has moved to withdraw, she is still obligated to respond to this motion until her motion is granted. Condition your consent to withdrawal upon your being given sufficient time to find another attorney and for that attorney to respond to the pending motion.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Q: how to request to have case hear to remove interest. Child support paid in full
Vanessa Alexandra Vasquez de Lara
Vanessa Alexandra Vasquez de Lara answered on Dec 19, 2019

Interest is a statutory right if the child support was not paid on time. You may be able to file a motion to determine the arrears and/or make an offer to the other parent for a lump sum payoff.

Good luck.

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Q: Spouse has been in jail for over a month for a court date he was never notified of.

Apparently in 2017 my husband had a court date for missing a couple child support payments. He never received any type of notification. As a result judge sentenced him to 179 days in jail or pay $696 because he didnt appear. He didn't even get a chance to defend himself and let the judge know that... Read more »

Vanessa Alexandra Vasquez de Lara
Vanessa Alexandra Vasquez de Lara answered on Dec 19, 2019

This sounds like a contempt issue where the child support purge was set to allow him to "purge" himself of the contempt by paying $696. There are definitely options such as setting a hearing on the purge, filing a motion to set aside the original contempt order, or simply paying the purge amount.... Read more »

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Q: I have 3 kids on child support, twins 13 and a 15 year old.the 15 yo is moving in with me how will this affect c suppor?

Currently I get them every other weekend and the following Sunday for family dinner. I pay $333 per week

She has moved 2 different men in and out twice I think I should have full custody of all my kids and she is bi-polar

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Dec 18, 2019

Get a written agreement. Keep a calendar. Go to court if necessary.

Good luck.

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