Florida Child Support Questions & Answers

Q: Would that be the assistant to the judge of the original divorce case. We have not been assigned a judge yet.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Dec 12, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
Wherever the case is currently pending. If the case is filed then there is a judge assigned.

Q: I have filed a modification of child custody and child support. Two of my minor children have moved in with me. How do

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Dec 11, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
Call the assistant to the judge handling your case and ask for a hearing.

Q: For income verification in my case, do I calculate my average weekly pay since my hours change from week to week?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Dec 10, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
Average your income over as long a period of time that you can but do not include the time that you were not working. If you know that you will go back to 40 hours in January then you need to tell that to the court.

Q: My ex owes $24k in child support. Does this warrant an injunction against him taking the kids out of state for xmas?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 10, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
Generally you cannot restrict timesharing because of monetary issues. If you go back to court on the child support issue you can bring to the court's attention that he has money to go on out of state vacations.

Q: I entered a mediated post judgment settlement agreement with the mother 6 months ago. how do i get it approved by court?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 10, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
You need to file your agreement with the clerk of court where your current order is from. See if they have a self help desk.

Q: Got letter from FL RD with a child support case open. Im married for 8 years. Do I have to pay not knowing I had a child

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Dec 7, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
The mother would have had to file a paternity case against you to establish that you are the father. If that happened then it is possible that you would have a child support obligation.

Q: Can I contest child support amount? He doesn’t want to share school expenses, medical bills etc

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Dec 5, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
Child support is always modifiable. As long as you have valid reasons you can file a Petition for Modification.

Q: Tomorrow I have a courtdate to modify child support since the father of my kids claims losing his job back in March 2018

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Nov 27, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
You can tell the court tomorrow what you believe his earning potential is. It is possible that the court will set a status conference in the future. If not then you will need to request another hearing when you know about his new earnings.

Q: How can I get the tax refund Intercepted by state of FL 6 months ago?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Nov 27, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
You need to contact the court that ordered the child support to straighten this out.

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: can my ex and I mutually agree to modify (lower) my child support payments? She has remarried and has agreed to do this.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Oct 29, 2018
Rand Scott Lieber's answer
In Florida child support is calculated by using the net incomes of the mother and father. The mathematical formula is part of the law. If you agree to reduce the child support, in order to protect yourself, you will want a court order. The modification will require a child support guidelines worksheet which should reflect something close to the $150. If you want the agreement to be binding I recommend that you have a lawyer help you with the filing.

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.

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