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Will My Child Support Payments Ever End?

Child Support

If you are a parent paying child support, it may seem like those payments will never end, and that’s especially true if you don’t agree with the amount the court ordered you to pay.

But child support does end, and that completion date may be different depending on the circumstances.

Let’s take a look at the factors that affect the termination date of your child support payments, so that you’re aware when your child support responsibilities end.

Situations That Terminate Your Child Support Payments

In 2010, the state of Florida established a law that required every child support order to contain an automatic termination provision that provided the date on which payments would end. read more

Why You Need To Know the Differences Between Contested and Uncontested Divorce

Divorce

In Florida, any couple that wants a divorce must file a petition for Dissolution of Marriage. If they can agree on all or most major issues, they may sign a Marital Settlement Agreement, that details how they have agreed on all the major issues in the divorce. If children are involved, they may also devise a Parenting Plan, which states the rights and obligations both parents have concerning issues involving shared parental responsibility, timesharing, child support, health insurance, extra-curricular activities, decision making authority and other applicable parenting issues. read more

Getting a Divorce? Time to Update Important Documents

Divorce

Getting a divorce can be emotionally exhausting. Often, the last thing divorcing couples want to  deal with is the minutia that comes with updating legal documents. However, a failure to update these documents could result in your spouse getting your life insurance policy, or being in charge of your medical decisions.

In other cases, a failure to update your important documents may lead to considerable delay and future complications which could have been avoided.  Below are some essential documents that require review. Where appropriate, document modifications, reflecting your change in marital status, should occur. read more

What To Know About Moving Out of State and Child Custody

Child Custody

What happens when a divorced parent wants to move out of state with their child? Obviously, if the other parent agrees, the process is fairly straightforward in terms of explaining to a family court why the move is being made.

There are, however, situations in which a parent wants to move out of state, but the other parent does not agree with the move for one reason or another.

But before diving deeper into this issue, it’s important to remember the distinction between a parent taking a child out of state on a brief trip, and child relocation, which is a permanent move. read more

A Divorce Petition Is a Dish Best Served Immediately

Divorce

After you’ve decided to get a divorce, you have a lot of things to deal with, especially if children are involved.

But the most important first step is for you to legally file the divorce petition, which sets the whole process in motion. However, if this is done incorrectly, you could hurt yourself later in the divorce proceeding for not adhering to the laws regarding divorce filing.

We think it’s important for you to understand how to properly serve a divorce petition, and though the information here is specific to Florida, most states follow the same process. read more

Handling After School Activities as Divorced Parents

The first school semester your children attend after a divorce can present challenges, because the family dynamic has changed, and a new schedule has replaced your old routine.

Children may feel confused and anxious, wondering how you and your former spouse will handle after school activities, which is why it’s so important for you to implement specific strategies to help make this transition more seamless.

Obtain An After School Activity Schedule After Your Divorce

Obtain the activity schedule for the upcoming school year so that you and your former spouse can plan which events you can both attend, and which events conflict with work commitments. read more

Divorce and Kids: School and Being on the Same Page

Effective co-parenting after a divorce is one of the keys to helping your children ease through a difficult transition, and that is especially true when it comes to handling school issues.

A new school year after a divorce can be a challenging time for both you and your children, but there are some strategies you can implement that can help make this time less intimidating, and provide your children with the reassurance they need.

Talk To School Teachers and Staff After A Divorce

Teachers often convey that they are not informed when a significant change occurs in the lives of their students, which as a result, could affect academic performance. read more

What Division of Assets Has To Do With Your Retirement Accounts

Divorces are often fraught with heightened emotions, especially when it comes to the division of assets that were obtained during a marriage. Couples with significant assets often find themselves in disagreement about who is entitled to what, and that often results in a contested divorce in which a judge must weigh evidence and testimony to arrive at a decision.

The guiding principle when dividing assets in a divorce is to make that division equitable, which does not necessarily mean that each side gets half. The term ‘equitable’ refers to a division that a judge deems to be fair and just, and there are many factors that weigh into a judge’s decision about what is fair and just, including the contribution each spouse made to the assets, how long the marriage lasted, and the income of each spouse during the marriage. read more

Issues You Can Encounter as A New Stepparent

Divorces can result from many kinds of conflicts, including challenges that arise between a stepparent and stepchildren in blended families.

Although every situation is different, there are some common problems that occur in these types of relationships, and understanding these problems can help stepparents modify their behavior, and create a more positive environment.

Child Feels Stepparent Treats Biological Children Differently 

In situations in which you have your own biological children, one of the most common challenges you may have is trying to make sure that you give your stepchild the same care, attention and discipline that you give to your biological child. read more

The Hidden Truth About Child Support Laws

The goal of child support is not to punish a parent, but rather to ensure that a child is properly cared for, and that all that child’s needs are met. In fact, the overriding factor that a judge will take into consideration is what is in the best interest of a child.

However, that doesn’t mean that child support is always fair, and that was recently highlighted in a Houston case in which a man was forced to pay child support for a child that is not his biological offspring.

Although Gabriel Cornejo, 45, proved through a DNA test that he was not the biological father of his ex-girlfriend’s child, he had already been named as the child’s father back in 2003, and a court had ordered him to pay child support. read more