How Does Divorce and Child Custody Work in Florida?

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If your marriage is about to end, it’s important to understand what will happen next. Life during and after divorce is often easier to manage when you have all of the facts at your fingertips. Here’s what you should know about divorce and child custody in Florida. 

Uncontested Vs. Contested Divorce

Depending on the level of animosity between you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you may qualify for an uncontested or contested divorce. 

An uncontested or “simple” divorce moves along at a faster pace and wraps up relatively quickly. However, this type of divorce can only occur under very specific circumstances:

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A Guide to Child Support Enforcement in Florida

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You count on child support payments to afford groceries and provide for your children, but your ex-spouse hasn’t paid in months. What can you do?

First, it’s important to understand the steps that the Florida courts automatically take to enforce child support orders. Florida upholds very strict laws to hold noncustodial parents accountable for child support payments. If those measures aren’t enough, contact a trusted Florida child support attorney for more guidance.

Motion for Civil Contempt

If the parent of your child fails to pay child support in Florida,  you can file a “motion for civil contempt” to inform the court of the issue. This is relatively easy to do by yourself or with the help of an attorney. Be sure to provide the requested documents and information:

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Should I Get a Paternity Test?

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Raising a family is never easy, but parents face additional challenges if they were never married. Before issues of support and child-rearing can even be discussed, the father’s legal status, or paternity, must be established. You may consider getting a paternity test if you’re not married to the mother of your children. Here’s what you need to know before making that decision. 

How To Establish Paternity in Florida

In the state of Florida, legal paternity is automatic only in cases where the mother of the child is married at the time of the child’s birth. In all other cases, paternity must be established.  (more…)

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Benefits of a Prenup

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A prenup, also known as a prenuptial agreement, is a written contract created by two spouses before they are legally married. Prenups typically list all assets and debts held by each spouse, as well as each person’s right to those assets and debts in the event of divorce. Though prenups are infamous in celebrity marriages, many average couples find them valuable as well. 

Prenups Encourage Important Pre-Marriage Discussions

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How To Determine What I Will Pay in Child Support

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If you are separating or divorcing from your partner and you share children, it’s important to understand what to expect when the topic of child support arises.

Florida follows the “Income Share Model” that requires both parents to financially support their children. Courts estimate the amount parents would spend on children if the family remained intact and living in one household, then divide this amount between the parents based on their incomes. 

Except in rare cases, this leaves one parent owing child support payments to the other parent. Here’s how you can determine what you may pay toward child support in the future. (more…)

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