Modifying a divorce order -- whether it deals with spousal support, child custody or child support -- tends to be a complicated matter. For child support, Florida has a legal formula that we call the child support guidelines. The guidelines account for these factors:
Most people would agree that children should not suffer financially if their parents are not living together. This is one issue that child support is meant to address: making it so that the household income is similar to what it would be if the noncustodial parent were living in the house.
The Florida Department of Revenue (FDOR) is tasked with collecting child support payments from parents who are court-ordered to make them and dispersing these payments to parents who are charged with using this income to support their children. Most child support is court ordered. However, simply because a judge has ordered an individual to pay child support does not mean that the money owed is always properly collected.
A new independent film is currently the subject of a great deal of media buzz. This film is likely to resonate with millions of Americans simply due to its subject matter. The film "Romeo Misses a Payment" spotlights various child custody and child support issues that affect low-income Americans in particular. It additionally criticizes wider governmental and cultural systems as perpetuating single-parent households, but the inequities it exposes in child custody and child support issues among low-income Americans are striking critics most profoundly.
A lot of Florida families don't realize that once a child custody and support arrangement is made it may not be set entirely in stone. If circumstances change significantly one or both parents can file for a change in the agreement, asking for increased or decreased time with the children and a corresponding adjustment to support payments.
Television personality and DJ Pauly D has recently begun to seek custody of his five-month-old daughter. The reality television star had the baby with a woman he spent only a brief amount of time with and the state of their relationship now has caused him to be unable to meet his daughter. He says the custody filing is the first step in the process of finding a way to spend time with his baby and working out a long term parenting and support plan.
The average reader might not make a connection between those concert tickets they got from their boss and their child support payments. However, these types of employer perks can often have an impact on the amount of child support that is due since perks from a job are considered a form of compensation in some states.
Authorities have finally caught up with a father who was said to be behind in child support in excess of $900,000. One of his children is living in Florida while the two other children happen to live out-of-state. It is alleged that he had been traveling abroad in an effort to avoid his child support obligations.
Determinations concerning the amount of child support owed are seldom easy. It's especially dicey when the individuals involved are self-employed, receive significant incomes or are in possession of a large number of assets.