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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Florida on
Q: I want to know what my husband after 16 years supporting me & would not allow me to work can & can't do

I would like to know what my husband can & can't do after 16 years of marriage and not allowing me to work & has supported me and my way of living for the past 16 years.

1.An attorney said he could open a new bank account with no obligations to maintain money to me is that... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Aug 23, 2022

While you are married, generally, each of you are free to do what you want. It is only when a divorce is filed that you can receive the protections that I believe you are seeking. Alimony is based on several factors but the focus is based on two main factors which are need and ability (your need to... Read more »

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Q: VA disability compensation be used when calculating child support in Florida? Employed full-time with VA disability
Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Aug 18, 2022

Yes, disability payments are considered income for child support purposes.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Florida on
Q: Divorce my spouse moved out of state with kids without my consent

My wife moved to Maryland with our two kids without my consent and knowledge. I still provide her with financial support for the sake of the kids. She left Florida on July 11, 2022 (38 Days ago as of August 18, 2022). I would like to file for divorce first and deal with custody issue later. We do... Read more »

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Aug 18, 2022

We would need more information to answer this question. For example, how long has she been out of state as this will have an effect on jurisdiction. It may be best to contact an attorney to discuss your case before proceeding.

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Q: Can PR collect child support on a case that was completely paid through FL?

We had a child support case in FL. It is completely paid off (she is 23 now and not in school). FL enforced it and we always paid through FL, now PR says that we owe child support through them. We were never contacted by PR and had no idea that there was a case. We found out because they just now... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Aug 12, 2022

You can start by providing PR with whatever FL documents that you have showing payments and satisfaction. Your ex can prepare an affidavit saying that the child support was paid in full in FL and that they are not requesting anything further. If that does not work then you may need to consult with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: How do I ask a court to modify a already existing parenting plan
Pamela J. Fero Esq.
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Pamela J. Fero Esq.
answered on Aug 11, 2022

If both you and the other parent agree to the modification, you can speak with your respective lawyers and have them draft a new parenting plan that you can submit to the judge for approval.

If the other parent disagrees, you can file a petition for modification. You must convince the court...
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Q: Recently the father of my son passed away. A letter was found in his apartment that said he owed child support.

How can I go about collecting any amount paid into that support?

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Aug 2, 2022

You can contact whatever agency was collecting the support. Big picture, in Florida, it is the Central Depository or State Disbursement Unit. If, in fact. they had collected any child support they should have tried to forward it to you (assuming that you are the obligee) already. I do not think... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: I'm paying my back pay child support can I get a passport

At least a temporary or limited passport

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Aug 1, 2022

If child support enforcement has put a restriction on your passport then you will need to file a motion to lift the restriction. If there is no restriction then you can get a passport as you normally would. There is no such thing as a temporary or limited passport. Speak with a local family lawyer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Hello can not afford a lawyer, He lives in New York and I live i live in Florida. How can I get divorced for free?

We have been separated not legally for about 10 years but i can afford a divorce. He can afford it but he has not filed for one. I have a pending child support order. I want to get divorced.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Jul 25, 2022

Contact your local legal aid society to see if you qualify for free legal help. You can also try your local bar association to see if they offer pro bono (free) services.

Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Im pretty sure the documents are through the court originally. When the mother got a few years sentence.

The court ordered DNA when she wanted child support money. He is still not on birth certificate, but now 13 years later and his sentence is 40 years. His half sister found him in prison when their father died. Didn't even know of each other. Now she has hired him a lawyer in prison and he... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Jul 21, 2022

If the father is in prison for 40 years then I am not sure that I understand your concern. Please speak to a local family lawyer that specializes in dependency for more specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: How to approach a divorce with wife when she has walked out on me and our kids won't hardly even speak to children

Has taken most of belongs from home. Has vehicle at know drug house and tag in my name. And says car has been towed. Lied to issue a temporary injunction on me. Is clearly on drugs. And a lot more that has happened

Pamela J. Fero Esq.
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Pamela J. Fero Esq.
answered on Jul 18, 2022

Can you locate your wife or not?

You can file for divorce by publication if you have exhausted all efforts to locate your wife. You must prove that you made genuine efforts to locate your wife but turned to be fruitless. Prepare a dissolution of marriage notice for publication and get it...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law, Child Support and Probate for Florida on
Q: How do I put a lien against my ex's grandmother's will?

She recently passed away and he is getting an inherent.He owes me 16yrs of back child support.

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Jun 30, 2022

You don't. You hire an attorney, asap.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: I am pro se in a child custody case, I don't know what paperwork I need to fill out as I am up against an actual lawyer.

Though I am getting my paralegal degree, I haven't reached family law and I'm scared I am going to lose my case and be placed on child support, and even lose my rights to my daughter. I am reaching out because I need help I'm just a full-time paralegal student mom and cashier who is... Read more »

Mr.  Joseph Lafayette Gufford III
Mr. Joseph Lafayette Gufford III
answered on Jun 28, 2022

You should go to the family law forms website and almost everything is there.

https://www.flcourts.org/Resources-Services/Office-of-Family-Courts/Family-Courts/Family-Law-Forms?parentId=669505&sort=form/number%20asc,%20form/date%20desc&view=embed_custom&searchtype=form&limit=50&query=&offset=0

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: If Separated in Florida &ex paying half rent as we are both on lease& legally obligated does that count as child support

Separated as of Jan 2022, he left home. Lease is thru July 30,2022 we are both listed on list he has been paying half the rent but not any child support. Will him paying half rent count as child support?

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Jun 9, 2022

While it is not automatically considered child support, if you and the child are living in the home and he is not, he can make the argument that the half rent payment is for the benefit of the child. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

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Q: If I'm in jail no income by law can they make me pay my x child support and received no SSI. For 2 mths
Pamela J. Fero Esq.
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Pamela J. Fero Esq.
answered on May 27, 2022

You still have to pay your child support even for the time that you are in jail or prison. Imprisonment is unquestionably a "substantial change in circumstances," which means you will be unable to earn an income to pay child support. However, the law in Florida upholds that it is still in... Read more »

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Q: I presently live in the State of Florida, I have a 2002 child support judgement in the State of Georgia. The defendant

presently lives in the State of Pennsylvania. The defendant is in arrears for the entire disposition (hasn't made any payments). The defendant is due to receive a large sum of money soon. Where and how do I obtain the arrears owed to me.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on May 27, 2022

If in fact you have a judgment from Georgia with a specific amount listed you need to contact a debt collection attorney about enforcing the judgment. It is no longer a family court matter.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Florida on
Q: I am a Florida resident and my ex husband/ childrens father devastatingly passed away in April. I am the beneficiary &

Our son is secondary beneficiary. I heard I will get denied bc in Florida the divorce immediately deleted you as beneficiary. He wanted to keep this policy to ensure security for the kids if he passed.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 26, 2022

I am unaware of any statutory provision cancelling your right to be the beneficiary of his life insurance on account of your divorce. Go ahead and apply for the life insurance proceeds. If the insurance company is aware of such a provision, your son will of course get paid instead. If he is a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Q: Bio father under paying child support for years

bio father has been underpaying child support for years, seeking to get back payment In pasco county Florida…

Help.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on May 24, 2022

See if your county has an agency that helps with child support enforcement. Sometimes it is the State Attorney's office. Sometimes it is the Attorney General's office. If they are paying through the state disbursement unit then you have a specific record of what is paid and what is owed.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Q: I have a child on the way, the mother and I don’t get along. Is there anyway I can legally avoid child support? Could

(Is this possible)Can I legally get a document notarized saying “I will not pay child support.” And if she signs she agrees, will it protect me from child support. If she signs but still pushes for child support etc will she face legal actions?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 22, 2022

No, a waiver of child support by the custodial parent will probably not hold up, should she later seek it.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Family Law and Military Law for Florida on
Q: I got a girl pregnant and since I don’t want to be with her she is taking military orders to Japan.

We are both military she is Air Force. I am army national guard on a deployment. She is not going to allow me in the kids life and is going to send me court docs requesting protection. No domestic violence has occurred.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on May 19, 2022

In Florida, if you want to assert your rights you would need to file a petition for paternity. In Florida if you take no action the mother will have full legal custody and control of the child. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Can we create a parent plan without going to court in Florida?

Mother lives in Fla, father lives in Ga

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on May 19, 2022

In general, jurisdiction of the court lies where either parent or the child lives. If you are in agreement then you can enter into a parenting plan without court intervention or involvement. I am assuming that the parents are not married so legally this would be a paternity matter. The issue that... Read more »

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