May 2014 Archives

Florida businessman arrested for failing to pay child support

It is not uncommon for at least one parent, typically the parent who does not have physical custody of the child, to be ordered by a court to pay child support to the custodial parent. The intent of child support is to ensure that that parent will be able to adequately care for the child from a financial sense. The specifics of what the child support amount will be are generally delineated in a child support order. Nevertheless, despite such court orders, there are some parents who fail to pay child support. The penalty for failing to pay child support could be jail time, suspension of one's driving privileges, restrictions on one's passport and more.

Is circumcision in the best interest of the child?

Following a divorce, many parents with children have some custody agreement in place which determines whether the parents will have joint or sole physical and legal custody of the child. In legal terms, physical custody refers to the parent the child will physically live with. On the other hand, legal custody refers to which parent has the legal authority make to decisions concerning the child's upbringing in areas such as education, medical, and religious needs.

Baseball player embroiled in child support dispute

Baseball fans in Florida familiar with 32-year-old outfielder Carl Crawford may have heard that recently the mother of his two children filed child support increase paperwork in court. She is seeking a $10,000 increase in the monthly child support payments she currently receives.

Do sperm donors have parental or fathers' rights?

With advances in medical reproductive technologies Florida residents may know that many infertile couples and same sex couples wanting to have a child of their own can now have one. Particularly when it comes to sperm donors, science is ahead of the laws which govern the complex area of parental rights, and other issues, such as child support, for the men who donate their DNA.

Child support dispute leads to assault charges

Many Florida parents who have some kind of parenting-time or visitation schedule in place to see their children know that there can be times when disputes arise regarding the custody arrangement and child support. However, what parents may not realize is that when emotions are running high even the most rational parent can make irrational choices.

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