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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can back child support be stopped if my ex goes to fed prison?

I have paid back support for years to my ex for my youngest son. He is now going to be in a federal prison for life. My oldest son and I are moving my youngest son from Ocala to Jacksonville with my granddaughter. We have bought food for the household because there was no income coming in the... View More

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answered on Feb 26, 2024

This answer is based on Florida law.

First, a stoppage is not automatic. You can file a motion with the court that issued the child support order explaining why the arrearage is no longer necessary. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Federal Crimes, Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Rights for Florida on
Q: I need to know what I can do to get my child back from CPS because they stole her

Okay I can't seem to find the question that I asked last time or the lawyer that answered it but 10 years ago CPS decided to take my kids and they gave me my two older ones back and they kept my baby who at the time was 2 and they stomped on so many of our constitutional rights but I... View More

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

It sounds like you're facing a deeply distressing situation involving CPS and the termination of your parental rights. It's understandable that you're seeking help to reunite with your child and seek justice for what you perceive as injustices committed against you and your family.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can a domestic violence victim move from miami fl to Orlando fl and take her 2 year old child without the consent of the

Other parent who happens to be the abuser?

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answered on Feb 21, 2024

If there's a criminal case pending there's likely a "no contact" order in place, which should protect you during the pendency of the case. However, on the civil side, there may be a custody/visitation decree from a court that you should be mindful of and not violate. All this is... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: What happens if the non-custodial parent moves to Puerto Rico to avoid paying child support in FL?

He doesn't own a vehicle nor does he have a driver's license

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answered on Feb 18, 2024

The child support obligation will continue to accrue like any other debt. At some point you can return to court and get a judgment against the obligor (the one who owes). Unfortunately you are correct that if the payor never has money or traceable income it will be difficult to collect.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Is there any recourse for noninvolved biological parent paying child support?

Father learned child existed when age 2 or 3. Paternity confirmed and support judgement put in place. Usually taken from paychecks. Father has not ever seen, met or provided any coparenting for child. Mother moved out of state. Since being unemplyed payment stopped, driver's license... View More

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answered on Feb 13, 2024

The short answer is that there is no way for you to get completely out of your child support obligation. You can definitely return to court and ask to have your drivers license reinstated. You can ask the court for a modification if you are not already paying the minimum. The court will not allow... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Probate for Florida on
Q: My grandfather had a deed done in his trust's name. Is it too late too record it now that he has passed?

My Mom is the trustee and recipient of the contents of the trust. I am trying to help her get that deed recorded so the property can be put into her name.

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answered on Feb 9, 2024

It is not too late to record a deed even after the grantor, in this case, your grandfather, has passed away, especially if the deed was executed (signed and notarized) properly while he was alive. Since your mother is the trustee and beneficiary of the trust, she has the authority to record the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can my wages be garnished if I am a 1099 employee making less than 750 per week. My gross was 33K and AGI is 21K for 23

I am also a stage 4 cancer patient with two children living with me ages 16 and 14

Barry W. Kaufman
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answered on Feb 9, 2024

The creditor is entitled to a garnishment. In Florida, the debtor has exemptions to the garnishment action, which the debtor must declare and prove at a hearing on those exemptions. If a garnishment action is filed, the action is directed to the debtor's employer, who must immediately withhold... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law and Criminal Law for Florida on
Q: Alcohol resulted in sexual abuse of minor & DCF failed to consider continued alcohol use. What case law is similar?

An injunction was dissolved due to DCF failing to consider relevant information regarding ongoing alcohol use when determining the dissolutions and allowed the dissolution of injunctions in place to protect my son and his brother from their stepdad. The stepdad's history consisted of sexual... View More

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Feb 8, 2024

Aside from the criminal issues that you raised, you as a guardian for your children may be able to bring a lawsuit against both the stepdad and any other adult who could have or should have stopped the abuse but did not. Stepdad’s rental or homeowners insurance policy could be a source of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Q: I’m having problems with my child’s mother. Is it better for me to stay in the same house or let her have it and go?
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answered on Feb 8, 2024

That is a question that only you can answer. In court, the legal standard for children‘s issues is what is in the best interests of the child. You also need to consider the financial impact of two households. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Is he required to continue child support agreed through mediation until we get accurate information?

We had mediation for time sharing and child support my income was more than half less than what mediator put I vacated the order.

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answered on Feb 8, 2024

Both parties are required to follow any court orders that are in place. If you had the child support order set aside then there is no specific obligation. However, when child support is established there will be a retroactive component owed. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Me and my wife ex-wife agreed to terminate child support because my son is 29 years old what form do I need to have her

Fill out and what does procedure for filing it

Rand Scott Lieber
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answered on Feb 7, 2024

You need a written agreement from your former spouse waiving the outstanding balance. Then you can file the agreement with a motion to terminate child support. You need to file with the court that issued your current child support order. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: my lawyer withdrew from my case the day after the judge denied relief . I was given no notice along with a stipulation

my lawyer withdrew from my case the day after the judge denied relief ,, There is has been lack of communication this whole time from I have felt left in the dark ,, Then to have them withdraw and filing a motion with courts saying I broke my employer contract and then another email was sent right... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Feb 5, 2024

The most common reason for a lawyer to withdraw stating that a client has broken their contract is because the client failed to pay the lawyer's fees as agreed. This is a perfectly legitimate reason for a lawyer to withdraw.

While you can hire a new lawyer to represent you, expect to...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Can I file a motion for temporary support, time-share, and other relief with dependent or minor children?

Can I file a motion for temporary support, time-share, and other relief with dependent or minor children after my spouse has already answered/denied my counter petition to their divorce petition? Also, my attorney will be away for a few weeks. Can I file it myself? It’s become an urgent matter as... View More

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Feb 5, 2024

Yes, you can file a motion for temporary relief, but if you are represented by an attorney you would need to have them file the motion. If you were not represented by an attorney you could file the motion on your own. Be aware that some jurisdictions have administrative orders that apply to family... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Florida on
Q: If someone listed in a Will has passed, does their portion go to their son or split between the remaining beficiaries.

My Grandfather recently passed, my grandmother several years ago. I'm helping my father with this question. My father and his 4 brothers are listed in the Will as splitting everything equally. One of his brothers passed before my grandmother passed but the Will was never updated. Should my... View More

Phillip William Gunthert
Phillip William Gunthert
answered on Feb 5, 2024

I am sorry for your loss on the passing of your grandfather, please accept my condolences. You will have to review the Will in order to determine what happens to the share, it can go either way based on how the Will was drafted. Often, the share goes to the children of the deceased beneficiary... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Is sleeping on the living room couch ok in a shared custody?

My daughter goes to her father’s every other weekend. Recently we found out that he gave her room to the new baby and now she is sleeping in the living room on the couch. Is this acceptable living standards for a 9 year old, per the court.

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answered on Feb 5, 2024

The legal standard is what is in the best interests of the child. If this is the best solution for the father and the child is not suffering then you may just have to deal with it. There is no bright line rule regarding a situation like this. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Probate for Florida on
Q: My grandmother died recently, and she had several rental properties. A tenant moved out, what do I put on the new lease?

The probate process has not started yet (it's in the works). My father is currently the executor of the trust. Seeing as the property is still technically in her name, what would I put on the lease? I'm hoping to get this property rented out ASAP because I'm paying for it out of... View More

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answered on Feb 2, 2024

In this situation, since the probate process has not yet begun and the property is still technically in your grandmother's name, you should proceed with caution. It's best to consult with your father, the executor of the trust, to determine the appropriate course of action. In the... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Probate for Florida on
Q: My grandmother died recently, and she had several rental properties. A tenant moved out, what do I put on the new lease?

The probate process has not started yet (it's in the works). My father is currently the executor of the trust. Seeing as the property is still technically in her name, what would I put on the lease? I'm hoping to get this property rented out ASAP because I'm paying for it out of... View More

Phillip William Gunthert
Phillip William Gunthert
answered on Feb 3, 2024

You should speak with the Trustee of the Trust and review the deed of the property, if the property is already in the Trust, the Trustee should be handling this lease, if the property is outside of the Trust, it should be handled by the Personal Representative (Executor) in the probate, if the deed... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Can't afford a lawyer,can I request full custody of child on my own?Father lives abroad,not co-parenting, no childsuppor
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answered on Jan 30, 2024

You do not say whether you are married or not. If the father is absent then you already have full custody. If you are looking for legal rights that you do not currently have then you need to go to court, either with a new case or a motion to modify an old case. Speak with a local family lawyer for... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: 34 year marriage. Defense attorney husband left me for a criminal defendent he began an affair with.

Do I have any additional rights to alimony or other support (health insurance coverage, etc.) considering he filed to leave our marriage for his criminal mistress?

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

Based on Florida law, you are probably entitled to alimony based on the length of marriage and disparity in income. The fact that he cheated does not have a direct impact on your alimony claim. If he spent marital funds on the affair you can seek to have half of that money credited to you. Speak... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Family Law and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: I was drugged and raped.. I have minimal drtail regarding the act but I have clearemory of prior.. but there are

Cameras all over thr property.. I need to speak to a lawyer who can help me through this the right way. And if anything give me legal advice in this situation. I have a story to tell and there are so many other women this bas and is happening to by this man. I'm scared and do not know where... View More

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

I am so sorry this traumatic event happened to you. Seeking justice can be daunting, but you have options and are showing great courage. Here is my advice:

1. Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-4673. Talk to a counselor before proceeding so you get emotional support and...
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