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Failing to pay child support makes the children suffer

Parents who receive child support count on those payments to get the children the things they need. When the parent who is supposed to pay doesn't, the children can suffer. The parent who should receive the child support might end up working with authorities to try to get the other parent to pay.

There are several things that can happen when a parent doesn't pay child support. One of these is that the parent could face penalties that might include not being able to obtain a passport or not being able to use a current passport. In some cases, income tax refunds are captured to pay for the arrears.

Prepare for divorce when you know the marriage is ending

We recently discussed the criteria for a divorce in Florida. If you know that your marriage is over, this is only one of the considerations that you have to think about when you are ready to file. When you have the ability to do so, you should ensure that you take appropriate steps to protect your interests before the filing.

One thing that you can do is to gather financial documents and other information about the assets that are part of the marriage. This can help us when we are working on the discovery phase since it will help us to gauge if your ex is forthcoming with relevant details. It can also help us as we move forward with the property division process of the divorce.

Know the criteria for divorce in Florida

There are several things that you have to know about divorce in Florida if you are thinking of ending your marriage here. Understanding these can help to ensure that you have everything together before you file.

One criteria that you have to meet before you file is that you or your soon-to-be ex have to be a resident of the state for six months. If you just moved here and your ex isn't a resident, you might want to consider seeking a legal separation until you are able to meet the residency requirement.

Prenuptials are important, but so are united financial goals

Marital finances are one aspect of getting married that you should discuss before the big day. Some people opt to use a prenuptial agreement to get the finances sorted out, but even if you haven't gone that route, you can still try to protect the finances.

You and your future spouse should come up with the expectations that you have for the money. This includes deciding whether the money will be put together or if each spouse will pay specific bills. Making these plans now can help to take the stress off of you from having to struggle to make these decisions later.

Visitation and child support are totally different matters

Parents usually want to take care of their children and spend as much time with them as possible. When your child is at the center of a child custody case, you might find the situation very difficult to deal with because you can't spend as much time as you want with your child.

There are some child custody cases that are contentious. These cases make it even harder for you because the child's other parent might not be willing to work with you on child custody matters. In some cases, the other parent might opt to do things just to make your life more difficult.

Several factors impact the amount of child support on an order

In the past, child support payments were usually paid by the father to the mother. This was common because the courts used to side with the mother on child custody matters. This was back when fathers had their children every other weekend and two weeks in the summer.

These days, fathers are taking a much more active and central role in their children's lives. This means that child support payments aren't as easy to determine now. Instead, courts rely on a complex formula to help them determine child support.

Informal child support negotiations are possible

Child support is something that custodial parents rely on to care for the children. This financial support is usually the result of a child support order. How you get the final child support order can vary according to the case.

Some cases involve going to trial in court. Others involve going through mediation. The third option is coming to an agreement through informal negotiations. In this case, you and your ex will simply work together to determine what support is necessary.

Weigh your options for property division in a high-asset divorce

High-asset divorces pose a challenge because of the dynamics of the property division process. If you are in the midst of a high-asset divorce or are thinking of filing for divorce, make sure that you are prepared to deal with the negotiations that will need to take place. Don't worry, we can help you along the way.

One issue that often comes up in a high-asset divorce is that both parties have very strong opinions about how the assets should be divided. In some cases, the situation is something that seems to have no good answer. This is when you need to take the time to reevaluate your position.

Mediation for modification can help address child custody issues

Child support orders that have been in place for several years often need to be modified to reflect the child's maturing and development. Additionally, it is sometimes necessary to seek a modification of a child custody order to address serious issues that develop.

We know that you might not be prepared for another long, drawn-out process that comes with child custody proceedings. Fortunately, modification petitions often aren't as intensive as initial child custody cases.

Consider these important points about child support modification

Child support orders are based on the circumstances that are present at the time of the order. There are some instances in which these circumstances will change over time. When circumstances change, a child support modification might be necessary.

A child support modification is a change in the child support order. It isn't something that occurs automatically, so you have to learn about the child support modification process. This will enable you to figure out what you need to expect as you go through the process.

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