Though not in Florida, one recent child custody matter in another state demonstrates how complex these matters can become - especially in light of a number of social and cultural considerations. One state's Supreme Court ruled that the best interests for two young girls would be best served if they remained in the care and custody of their adoptive parents rather than be turned over to their biological grandparents.
An article tells the unsettling story of a so-called "deadbeat parent" that apparently fled to Florida and many other locations to get out of his paying his child support obligations. Eventually, this father ended up in jail and his picture was plastered all over the social media pages announcing that he had been in arrears in paying his child support since 2002.
A recent study has shown that children of devout parents will often make a break from their faith if their parents also happen to divorce. There could be any number of reasons for why this occurs. However, what it does demonstrate is that a divorce can greatly alter the direction that a child's life might take.
A complaint filed against a Florida man claims that he owes approximately $166,000 in back child support. The delinquent child support payments cover the period from 2007 until 2012. The father now faces nine counts of failing to pay child support in what could result in 13.5 years of imprisonment.
The United States Supreme Court had it's say in an international child custody matter by overturning the ruling of a Florida court. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that American courts are able to have input in international child custody battles, and that American courts do have the right to rule upon the merits of the case.
Though the goal of all courts are to resolve family law matters as smoothly as possible, friction in matters regarding child support and child custody is all too common. In one recent Florida matter concerning child custody, a former wife apparently falsely accused the father of her child of not paying thousands of dollars in back child support.
A child support program in another state has netted more than $806,000 in casino winnings from individuals that were failing to pay out on their child support obligations. In one casino alone, $106,771 was collected from these parents, and one specific parent ended up paying back $1,995 in winnings towards his child support payments.
A child custody matter will soon be heard in oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court. This is all a part of an appeal of a couple ordered to turn over a 2-year old girl they had raised from birth to her biological father that also happens to be an American Indian.
"Many children entering nursing facilities in the state are unnecessarily separated from their families and communities for years." This was according to the Assistant Attorney General for Florida. This official felt that support and services could do a better job of allowing for these children to remain at home with their families.
In a story that has gained national attention, one particular state has become involved in a child support matter where the biological father happens to have been a sperm donor for a lesbian couple. However, because the father did not donate the sperm by going to a state certified clinic or doctor as was required by that state's laws, that state has now turned around and sued him for $6,000 that the child's biological mother received through public assistance.