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Florida man facing penalties for owing $90,000 in child support

Recently in Florida, a man pleaded guilty in a child support case in which he had failed to pay nearly $100,000 over the course of the eight years since his divorce. According to reports, the child support order for the divorce, which occurred in Maine, required a weekly payment of $216. In the four years following the divorce, the man-made a total of 57 payments (according to the support order, he should have made more than 200), and even those payments were reduced.

Failure to pay child support in Florida can be punished

Child support is a hotly contested issue of family law, with both parties rarely feeling that the order is fair. The parent who receives the child support generally feels that they are not being given enough to provide the child with the life they deserve, and the parent who pays the child support often fears that they are giving too much money that is not being devoted to the child, or that they pay too much and see their child too little.

Man jailed for owing child support in Miami

Child support can be a difficult family law issue to tackle, especially as more and more time passes. When courts set a monthly amount of child support to be paid by an individual, they base the amount on various factors and guidelines in an effort to ensure that the child support payment is fair and reasonable for both parties. Unfortunately, as time goes by, changing circumstances may affect just how fair the child support payment is.

Failing to pay child support can cause legal issues

Child support is rarely an easy issue to resolve among divorced or divorcing couples, especially depending on the custody agreement. If one parent spends significantly more time with the child, that parent may feel that they are entitled to more child support than they receive. Likewise, depending on the other parent's income or lifestyle, they may feel that they are being asked to pay too much in child support.

Some parents go to jail for unpaid child support

Some noncustodial parents in Florida and around the country who do not make child support payments on time end up serving jail sentences as a result. Although some people believe that the threat of jail time is an effective incentive for parents to make child support payments on time, others view the policy as unfair to lower-income parents.

Social Security payments possible support option

As the Florida population ages, residents may wonder if child support due from a non-custodial parent can be collected from Social Security payments. The answer depends on what kind of Social Security the other parent is collecting.

Learning more about child support trends

Parents in Florida might want to learn more about some of the trends and principles observed from recent child support data by federal agencies and researchers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, less than 49 percent of all parents are actually awarded child support. Records show that more than 53 percent of the mothers were awarded child support, while less than 29 percent of the custodial fathers were able to achieve the support.

Representing Florida parents in child support modification cases

Many Florida residents seek quick divorces that will minimize the amount of time they have to spend in court. However, this can be to the detriment of one or both of the parties if a judge issued a child support order. In many cases, the original child support order is insufficient to cover children's needs. In other cases, either children's or parents' needs change, prompting parents to seek either a reduction or increase to the monthly support amount.

Determining when child support ends

Some parents in Florida may be interested in learning about child support obligations and the factors that might affect how long such payments last. Understanding when the obligations might end may be beneficial for both parties. The parent who is receiving such payments may be able to take steps to prepare for the loss of income when the support order ends, and the parent who is paying the money might be able to prepare the necessary evidence for ending the order.

What child support may be used for in Florida

Contrary to a popular misconception, child support is not designed in order to just meet a child's most basic necessities. Although these types of expenses are certainly included, the child support guidelines consider a broad range of expenses for children. Child support amounts are set in order to help pay for this broad range.

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