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Know your rights for child custody, visitation, and support

All of the terms of child custody, visitation, and child support are covered by court orders when you head to court to address these matters. Both parties have to comply with the orders that are issued. Just last week, we discussed the case of the professional athlete who was flirting with being arrested over child support payments until he finally paid what he owed. That case shows just how important compliance with orders is in Florida.

If you are in the midst of a child custody or child support battle, you should know what rights you have. You already know that everything in these cases hinges on the best interests of your child, but that doesn't mean that you don't have rights. We are here to help you learn what rights you have as your child's parent and how to work to uphold those rights in this emotional process.

Even if you are already through the initial battle and need some changes made to your child custody or support order, we are here to help. Modifications of child support and custody aren't things that can be executed all the time. In fact, you should know that your case will have to meet certain conditions to qualify for a modification. We can help you to determine if these conditions are present in your case.

One thing that you must know when it comes to modifications is that time matters, especially if you are dealing with child support. If you find that you can't pay child support because your income stopped or was reduced, you should file for a child support modification right away. Even if you lose your job, your child support obligation won't stop unless you take specific steps. We can help you to get the process started.

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