According to a U.S. Census Bureau statistics, nearly one out three children lives in a household where their father is not present. To help fathers learn and understand what their legal rights and duties are, recently the Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida, whose mission is to help include and encourage the involvement of fathers in the lives of their children, held a luncheon for fathers.
When parents divorce, child support payments help the custodial parent manage a child's everyday expenses, as well as costs related to education, childcare and medical expenses. Failure to pay child support in accordance with an order may result in garnishment of one's wages, withholding of tax refunds, suspension of one's driver's license, impact on occupational licenses and in some cases jail time.
Most non-custodial parents in Florida are aware of the importance of one's obligation to pay child support in a timely manner. They are typically ordered to pay the custodial parent child support to help with expenses and costs associated with raising the child or children. However, what many may not realize is that there are potentially serious consequences of not paying court-ordered child support.
When it comes to children born to an unmarried couple, questions regarding paternity, DNA testing, child support and custody, visitation rights and more may arise. In general, where possible, it is in the best interest of the child to have on-going contact with both parents. However, in certain cases, such as those involving domestic abuse, drug abuse or sexual assault, contact with one or both parents may be detrimental to the well-being of the child.
Recently, many basketball fans participated in the Miami Heat championship celebration, and some may have seen Miami Heat star, Chris Bosh hold up the NBA championship trophy atop a double decker bus. Despite all the jubilation, what most fans may not know is that Chris Bosh is embroiled in a child custody battle with his ex-girlfriend.
Most people are aware that typically a non-custodial parent is required to pay child support to the custodial parent. In today's hard economy, however, a parent court-ordered to make child support payments may not be able to do so in a timely manner or make the payment in the exact amount ordered by the court. Additionally, parents required to pay child support may not be aware of the penalties they can face for failing to pay child support, such as the suspension of a driver's license or even jail time.
MTV's show Teen Mom gives most viewers an inside look into the lives of teen mothers and the issues they encounter with the father of their child, child custody and support. One name that is frequently brought up is that of Jenelle Evans, a teen mom with a 3-year-old son.
People come from all walks for life and from all over the world in the United States. Some follow their traditional, cultural and religious practices. However, there are times, particularly when it comes to family law, when religious law pertaining to divorce may conflicts with family law. Floridians will find it interesting to learn that according to reports, the Florida state legislature is attempting to pass a 'foreign law' bill which in essences bans courts and other legal authorities from using religious or foreign law as part of a legal decision when it comes to family law issues.
Florida residents who are fans of basketball and familiar with basketball legend Michael Jordan, who played for the Chicago Bulls, will find it interesting to learn nearly 17 years later a woman is suing Jordan for child support.
A Miami-Dade judge has ordered both prosecutors and the ex-wife of a Miami businessman to pay $7645 each in legal fees for wrongly accusing the Miami businessman of owing child support.