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Understanding how temporary alimony works in Florida

Ending a marriage is never an easy undertaking. Months and even years can pass by from the time that a spouse files his or her initial petition until the time that the court issues its final decree. This may seem like an eternity for both parties, but it can be an especially difficult time on those spouses who earn considerably less income than their counterparts. This can be even more so if those spouses are also providing the primary care for any children of the marriage.

Some child support basics: the court’s role

Ending a marriage can be a difficult, emotional thing. When there are children in the family, there are often many issues to be resolved. Although, at times, the process can be contentious, providing what they believe is best for children is usually at the heart of both parents' positions. Florida courts, however, have discretion in deciding some of these matters. Custody, visitation and monetary support terms are the topmost findings to be made.

Florida woman upset by delay of child support

A single mother in Jacksonville, Florida, says that she is angry because her child support payments have met with several unexpected delays. In particular, the woman says that the Florida Department of Revenue has inexplicably failed to initiate a timely release of payments to her which they received from her ex-husband. The woman told a reporter that the agency received funds via direct deposit for the entire amount of a scheduled child support payment on April 27, yet she still had not received that money as of May 12.

Who decides how much child support must be paid in Florida?

Under Florida law, child support payments are set according to what the statutes refer to as guidelines. Specific provisions are contained in Chapter 61 of the laws governing civil practice and procedure known as Title VI of the Florida Statutes.

Your child’s health insurance and your child support order

Issues involving the calculation of child support can become hotly contested when parents decide to divorce. This is especially true in matters of health insurance coverage for children of the divorce. But which parent should pay for that insurance?

Child support by the numbers: Who isn't paying?

Florida parents may be interested in child support numbers that don't support traditional beliefs about who isn't paying. According to 2011 data from the United States Census Bureau, over $14 billion in child support was owed and unpaid at the time the census numbers were calculated. According to an expert from, the 2011 census data was the most current available as of a March 2015 interview with NPR.

Non-custodial parent child support in Miami, Florida

Custodial parents in the judicial district of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Miami can approach the Child Support Enforcement Division for assistance in obtaining child support from a noncustodial parent. In some cases, parents are referred to the division and an application is mandatory; in others, parents can choose to file a free application with the division.

What 5 ways are used to establish paternity in Florida?

Child custody or support cases could involve the need for establishing paternity, and there are many other reasons you might want to prove someone is the father of your child or children. The state of Florida provides a number of ways for establishing legal paternity, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

How is child support determined?

Child support can be determined in a number of ways. Some couples are able to agree to support payments outside of a court room; even in such cases, it's a good idea to document the support agreement in a legal fashion to protect each party as time moves forward. Others go to court, and a Florida court makes child support decisions.

Making ends meet during your Florida divorce proceedings

When most couples decide to marry, their thoughts are seldom on preparing for an eventual divorce. In fact, despite the common perception that divorces are common, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says otherwise. According to a 2011 survey, the CDC estimates that only 3.6 marriages out of every 1,000 ended in divorce that year.

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