I am the petitioner and I have petitioned the court to establish paternity and other related relief, however, the father has hired an attorney (I am pro se) and the father wants time-sharing and has declared to be the Father but I want a paternity first. I don't know what form to file to... View More
If it was not in your initial pleading, file a motion for DNA testing. If you filed saying that he is the father and his answer admits that he is the father then paternity is established. You can ask the court for a partial final judgment of paternity. Speak with a local family attorney for more...View More
A Florida child support order is enforceable on the father wherever he is. However, you would need to engage a lawyer in Haiti to pursue the father and answer the legal issue of whether it can be legally enforced in Haiti. In Florida, the child support owed would accrue like any other debt. The...View More
Marital Settlement Agreement and Petition for Dissolution both listed $750/month child support per child (2 children), $1500 total/mo. This was agreed upon by both parties, and was greater than the amount calculated in the state monthly payment guidelines calculator (approx $900/mo).
The marital settlement agreement, once signed, is a binding contract between the parties. It remains in force until a party moves to modify it. Statements in the final judgment do not generally change the marital settlement agreement. You need to show your documents to a local family lawyer for a...View More
Child support is modifiable until the child emancipates. If you agree to the new schedule then you should get it in writing. You can either agree on a new child support number or return to court for a modification based on the new schedule and your current incomes. Speak with a local family lawyer...View More
Father is completely homeless, sleeping in the street and does not even have a car. He is paying child support plus arrears. He would have to move out of state with family in order to secure housing, at least temporarily. If he moves, or takes time off from his job to establish living arrangements,... View More
Child support obligations are typically based on the non-custodial parent's income and ability to pay, rather than their housing situation. However, if the father's homelessness or lack of income significantly affects his ability to meet his child support obligations, he may be able to...View More
The first thing that you need to do is look at your current child support order. Any modifications will need to be in the court that issued the order. If the order is from PR then you need to contact an attorney there. In Florida, child support ends at 18. For a modification in Florida (reduction)...View More
My daughter had the choice live here for free and go to school or get a job and pay rent. She decided to be on her own and lived with a family member for almost a year and worked a job. Recently moved to P.R. and is living with her father. Now, she is asking for the child support card and money,... View More
Question 1: Is there a current child support order in place? If no, then you have no financial obligation at all. Legally child support can only be pursued by the parents so your child has no legal standing to request child support from you. Finally, if your child is 18 then she is emancipated and...View More
We were never married and never went to court. She’s always lived with me, I’ve never collected child support. Have not gotten any financial help in over 4 years and before that it was always minimal. Can he put me on child support if she goes to live with him? How can I prevent this?
If you have never been to court then you have full control of timesharing (custody). The only way child support would be triggered is if one of you (parents) goes to court on a paternity action. You could pursue child support going back in time up to two years. He could pursue child support moving...View More
In Florida child support is calculated pursuant to a mathematical formula in the law. It is based on the net incomes of each parent and the number of overnights with each parent. Child support is always modifiable until the children turn eighteen. Perhaps you can return to court for a modification?...View More
My 3 children & I live in Florida for last 9 years while their mother has lived in Michigan. We have never been though court system. If I let the kids visit for a month this summer does she have to give them back ? Would a notary or a note for the mother be evidence of her promising to bring... View More
If you let them leave without a written agreement or something filed with the court you are stuck with the "honor system." If, in fact, she refuses to return the children, you would be forced to go to court here in Florida and fight for their return. You would have a strong case based on...View More
Child support was establish while still working a traditional job. I’ve saved up over time to open my own business to be able to spend time with my family, rather than 12-13 hour workdays 6-7 days a week. I requested a modification but am worried how the DOR will look at going from a high income... View More
When a payor's income fluctuates then the court will look at an average over time. You are allowed to change jobs/ start your own business, but you will be expected to continue to earn at the same level moving forward. There may be a temporary decrease in your income which the court will...View More
I refused to pay the Nanny with my ex wife because she just home Monday to Friday while my daughter she's at day care 7 AM to 6Pm and she just want to work weekends , i find that's not faire , what does the law say about that ? Can I take her to court for this ?
You need to review the parenting plan that was entered in your divorce. You do not mention how old the child is or what your timesharing arrangement is. For younger children daycare costs are normally a part of the child support calculation. If you do not currently have a daycare obligation then...View More
STEM program is only 1 hour away from the mothers house. Fathers house is 36 mintues away and is able to take and pick up child from school if he had majority custody. The mother has no job, and is fully capable of taking and pikcing up child from the STEM program, but refuses to for unknown... View More
You would not need to have majority custody. You would only need to have final decision-making over educational decisions. You could file a motion in the same court where the initial parenting plan or schedule was entered and ask to have it modified or ask to have the court determine if the STEM...View More
I filed for divorce in feb. when I did the first package the family affidavit was file . The judge order mediation but her lawyer didn’t submit her affidavit till this morning which I couldn’t see till after mediation which we didn’t agree to anything! I emailed the lawyer asking her for the... View More
Both parties are required to provide mandatory disclosure to the other party. Florida Family Law Rule 12.285 states what documents are required to be provided to the other party and the time frame for production. If a party fails to provide said disclosure, the opposing party can file a motion to...View More
Both kids (twins) will be 18 on June 28, 2024. I (father) split time 50/50 with their mother. I currently pay $157 a month in support. The mother's financial status has improved over the past several years to the point she no longer needs child support and agreed to sign off on any... View More
There is no form. Because child support is a right of the child it is not always simple to "terminate" the support. You could also try filing an agreed order signed by both parents regarding the current child support. You do not mention whether you pay by income withholding order. Your...View More
I had agreed to forgo payment for one of my children's monthly insurance , with the understanding that my ex stop threatening to take me back to court. My job situation has changed and I am currently paying health insurance for both children. I am asking him to pay his half as it was... View More
Detrimental reliance means that one person changed their position because of what the other person did. In your case, you agreed that your ex wouldn't have to pay part of the insurance because he promised not to take you back to court. Depending on what it is that he was threating to go to...View More
The reason why I was placed on child support by the department of revenue is because my children’s father applied for food stamps. There was no custody agreement nor order. The children resided with me at my residence 365 days out of the year every year. To which he admitted to in court during a... View More
Depending on the timing of the order it is possible that it can be appealed. You have asked a complex question with a lot of variables. You should definitely make sure that you are not paying child support now. If you can prove to the court that the children are with you full time then you should...View More
The short answer is no. Child support is based on the incomes of the parents, not subsequent spouses. In fact, you can seek to prohibit or limit discovery of the new spouse's finances. On the other hand, if a parent stays at home, not working, and is fully supported financially by the new...View More
We have a LDPP in place filed at the court house. BioMom wants to change it forcing me to pick up my son from school on Fridays instead of our current agreement of meeting halfway. They live 89 miles away from me (they moved before we filed the LDPP). Will a judge favor her choice? And can she... View More
You raise two separate issues. As far as the exchange goes, if you previously agreed to meet halfway and have been doing that then the court will probably follow that arrangement. Child support is the right of the child under the law and cannot be waived by the parents. The court will address child...View More
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