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Does The Payor Have To Pay Child Support While A Child Is In College?

By Steve W. Marsee |

There are many questions surrounding child support in Florida, particularly when the child support obligation is terminated. Many parents believe that the payor is required to pay for the supported child’s college costs even after the child turns 18. Paying college costs is a huge burden for many students and their parents in Florida… Read More »

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Will I Be Ordered To Pay Child Support If I’m Unemployed?

By Steve W. Marsee |

If you do not have a job, you may wonder if you can be ordered to pay child support despite unemployment. Each parent’s current employment is one of many factors that are considered by Florida courts when deciding whether to order child support in a divorce. Contrary to popular belief, just because you are… Read More »

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How Can You Receive Child Support Payments in Florida?

By Steve W. Marsee |

After resolving a divorce with children, the final order may include a child support award. Typically, the order specifies the manner in which one parent will make support payments to their former spouse. However, in some cases, the parties can decide how the supported parent will receive child support payments. If your final order… Read More »

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Behind on Child Support? You Might Get No Stimulus Check at All

By Steve W. Marsee |

Obligor parents behind on child support payments may not get a stimulus check from the U.S. government during the COVID-19 pandemic. Americans have already started receiving their stimulus checks, a direct deposit from the federal government as part of the $2 trillion COVID-19 rescue package signed by President Donald Trump in March 2020. However,… Read More »

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When a Child Support Modification is Appropriate in Florida (and When It’s Not)

By Steve W. Marsee |

If one parent was ordered to pay child support, it is likely because the other parent needs those funds to ensure that their shared child has a financially secure life. However, circumstances do change over time, and the non-custodial parent may no longer afford those payments or the custodial parent may need more money… Read More »

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How Do Subsequent Children Impact Your Child Support Obligations in Florida?

By Steve W. Marsee |

If you were ordered to pay child support, you have an obligation to provide adequate financial support to cover such essential items as your child’s shelter, food, clothing, education, medical care, and other necessities. But what if you have subsequent children from a new relationship or remarriage? Does having a child with another parent… Read More »

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What Happens to my Parenting Plan When my Child Goes Off to College?

By Steve W. Marsee |

Your child graduating from high school and heading off to college is a big moment for any parent. When your child heads away to college – or even if your child opts to stay local and instead attend a community college or vocational program, his or her schedule will inevitably change once he or… Read More »

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How Do my Child’s Educational Needs Factor into my Parenting Plan?

By Steve W. Marsee |

When a couple with minor children divorces, a parenting plan is part of their divorce settlement. Parenting plans are legal orders that provide structure for the children’s relationships with their parents after the divorce is finalized. These orders are focused on what the court determines to be in the children’s best interest, which often… Read More »

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What You Need to Know About Retroactive Child Support in Florida

By Steve W. Marsee |

Depending on the financial circumstances involved, a custodial parent may be entitled to receive child support payments from the non-custodial parent. To enforce their legal rights and get the full financial support that is owed, custodial parents will need to obtain a child support order from a Florida family law court. When that order… Read More »

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Can I Get a Child Support Order If I Am Still Married?

By Steve W. Marsee |

When most Florida residents think of child support cases, they picture one of the following two scenarios: A couple gets divorced, and the spouse with primary custody receives child support payments from their former partner; or A couple was never married, and the parent who has primary custody receives child support payments from the… Read More »

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