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Q: If I never requested child support from the father for 13years child moves with father now can he request child support

My son has lived with me his whole life from birth till now and he is 13 years old now. If he moves with his dad now will his father be able to request child support for the next 5 years of him living with his dad??

I have never taken him to court.

Please help

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 29, 2020

Basically, yes, the father can seek child support from you. A big problem is the fact that the statute of limitations has run on much of the child support you never asked for.

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Q: Will notice ofunavailability move a client deadline to produce if attrny included deadline delay verbage in his filing?

I have Signed Order to produce financials due 7/31 from my ex . His attrny filed Notice of unavailability yest. Includes delay of deadlines in the filing to 8/10. Does that move my ex(his client's) deadline from 7/31 to 8/10? Can I efile response to notice asking that his client's... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 29, 2020

You can do whatever you want, but you might as well just document this violation and then wait until August 11 to see if the documents were delivered as the lawyer said. If not THAT is the time to start moving against both of them.

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Q: I got a letter from Florida child support saying I was paid 1,800 that was someone else’s or taken back by the sender

Now they want me to repay 1,800 the father owes 12,000 plus still. Do I have to pay this back ?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 26, 2020

Child support paid the money to you instead of the rightful recipient? Yes, you have to repay it.

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Q: I am current paying child support many years but I have accrued payments can I co-sign on a house without getting Lien

I lost job in 2008 so that’s when backed payments accrued. I pay my child support plus extra for the accrued. The case is in Chicago but I live in Florida

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 25, 2020

You are, as I understand it, current then. But if you have a question about this situation, you probably should ask it in Justia > Ask a Lawyer > Illinois; it would have nothing to do with Florida law.

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Q: I have a pending child support case & I’ve been supporting my daughter since she was born 1.5 yrs ago. Should I keep

keep Sending her mother money to help support my daughter or should I wait until the court case is final. I just hate the fact that courts like to say any money sent for support of your child is considered a gift. Which I don’t think is fair. She uses my daughter as leverage to hurt me by not... Read more »

B. Elaine Jones
B. Elaine Jones answered on Jul 23, 2020

You should have a consultation with a family law attorney to find out what you can do to get more time sharing with your child. If you continue to provide support for your child, make sure to keep track of it and always put in the legend of any checks or money orders child support. Most JUSTIA... Read more »

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Q: Does my boyfriend have to pay child support to his ex wife if he has more custody and the child lives with him
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 17, 2020

Depends on what the divorce decree says.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can a non custodial parent claim visitation rights after 6 years of no visitation?

The father did not follow court order of letting my child visit me, the court order child to visit mother; he is now an adult and I had no contact at all. Can the father be held on contempt of court? I have not seen my child for 6 years.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 12, 2020

You should have brought this up with the court when it happened. It's quite possible that witnesses to what transpired have forgotten the details, so it is unlikely that contempt of court will be found.

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Q: I have two child support cases against me in two different states.. The original case began in 2008 here in Florida.

I am up to date on all payments, I have no arrears, and my payments are deducted from my disability check each and every month on time. The other case is in Iowa and it was fraudulently done by my ex. What can I do to have the child support case in Iowa closed?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jul 12, 2020

inform the Iowa court of the Florida child support order. For specifics, you should ask your question in Justia > Ask a Lawyer > Iowa.

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Q: On my FL public search of my case the Docket Events show Order Denying. What does this mean?

I recently served my ex-husband with papers requesting to move from Florida to Texas and he responded. Does Order denying mean I can't move? The Docket does not show the order so I can download it and review it and I have not received anything in the mail.

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

Probably. Why not download the order and find out?

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Q: Can a lawyer request 6 months worth of pay stubs less than 24hrs before a trial for divorce, child support, and custody?
Vanessa Alexandra Vasquez de Lara
Vanessa Alexandra Vasquez de Lara answered on Jul 7, 2020

Whose lawyer? Yours or the other side? Mandatory disclosure of financial documents is REQUIRED for both parties. The deadlines are within 30 days o the case starting. Therefore, it is very possible that these documents are overdue. Here's the form with the list of all documents required to be... Read more »

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Q: Paternity for a child I can't find?

My wife & I were in a poly amorous relationship with a woman who disappeared to TN & has very recently had a baby whom she says is mine. She is adamant she does not want me involved in any way & I have serious doubts but need to establish whether this child is actually mine. She has... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 30, 2020

Contact an attorney in Tennessee.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: I separated 1year ago while living in FL, she lives in PR with my daughter can I get divorced here in Florida?

We got married in PR 7 years ago, while I was there we took the paperwork to Pr court to get a divorce but when they call me back to be present I was working here in Fl and wasn't able to go back at that time, case was annulled. I resident here at Florida now for 1 year and want to filed the... Read more »

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

Yes, if the Puerto Rico divorce didn't result in a final judgment and was dismissed instead, you can file for divorce here in Florida. It may well be possible to do it without your wife being physically present.

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Q: Would I have to pay for my fiancé’s child support after marriage ? Michigan state

Will be marrying my fiancé soon. He lives in Michigan. Concerned if once I do, will I also be obligated to pay his child support.

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

Typically, no. But it's unclear as to whether you are asking about a Michigan or a Florida child support order. If it's Michigan, ask in the Michigan section.

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Q: Can I let my ex mother-in-law or ex's fiance know that he owes a lot of back child support?

Ex owes 15k+ in arrears. I feel that he is keeping this secret from his mother and fiance. I believe if they knew, they would get him to take care of his obligations. Would I get in any trouble if I somehow told them he hasn't been paying? He just got a house with his fiance and if I take him... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 25, 2020

How could you get in trouble for telling the truth? No, you wouldn't.

But what makes you think he and his fiancé would loose the new home?

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Q: I recently had my motion to terminate child support they ended up comeing up with suspending my child support with a

$0.00 monthly fee. They did some math with my arrears and said I was $4,700 over what I owed. My question is what happens to that $4,700 ?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 24, 2020

It's not completely clear what you are saying. The arrearage figure is negative $4,700; you paid too much? In that case, you should seek an order that the person who was paid the child support reimburse you.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: How is this going to go?

For starters, baby daddy has seen his daughter twice in 6 years. One when she was 6 weeks and one when she was 6 months, I always threatened child support then he would always say he’d help out and never did. Knew it was his kid and acted like it was never his, finally got in contact with his... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 23, 2020

Chances are that they are making empty threats, so don't get worried about it until they actually file suit. If the child has lived in Florida for at least six months, they would have to file in a Florida court. It would be very surprising if the court were to award the father primary custody.

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Q: I’m confused my ex pays child support for our daughter but then I want to know if the medical bills are separate?

For an example if I have like a six or $700 bill for my daughter from her doctor do me and him have to pay half of that or does it come out of the child support that he gives me for our child like it’s so confusing I know he pays child support for our daughter I just want to know if we get like a... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 20, 2020

Who is liable for medical bills--or any other unexpected expenses--should be explained in the divorce papers or the child support agreement you signed.

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Q: What age does the child get to choose who they want to live with (mother or father)????
Vanessa Alexandra Vasquez de Lara
Vanessa Alexandra Vasquez de Lara answered on Jun 10, 2020

The short answer is never. The long answer is that children are usually not considered mature enough to be able to make adult decisions. One of the factors for determining the timesharing is: The reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child to be of sufficient intelligence,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Immigration Law and Child Support for Florida on
Q: If I get kick out at young age where can I get help ?

I just turned 18. I’m applying to college and I just got a job at McDonald’s. I have no other family in this country except my dad who threatens to kick me out . I don’t know much about how to live In this country . I’m still new to this country. I have no where to go and no one to help me... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 8, 2020

Please talk to someone you know in your community, perhaps the manager at the McDonalds where you work--or the guidance counsellors at the college you are applying for--or Google "Mental health Help Line" and look for a mental health organization in in the Winter haven area. Do not wait... Read more »

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