October 2017 Archives

Child custody issues common when state intervenes

When most people think of child custody issues, they typically think of one of two situations. The first occurs when a married couple decides to divorce and, as part of the marriage dissolution process, they have to decide how to resolve child custody and visitation issues. The second situation arises when an unmarried couple must figure out how to settle the same matters. Here, a couple may have to deal with paternity issues, as well as concerns about what kind of arrangement furthers the best interests of the child, which are similar to divorce child custody matters.

Baseball player faces Florida paternity and child support case

Family law resources can help couples with paternity and child support concerns. Baseball player Miguel Cabrera is facing a paternity and child support suit in Florida. A 35-year old woman recently filed a child support suit in Florida. Cabrera is married with 3 children and has requested paternity tests for the two children he is currently paying child support for under the Florida child support order. The 34-year old baseball player has earned $216 million during his baseball career. He is guaranteed another $184 million under his current contract that runs through 2023.

Child custody questions and concerns answered

When couples make the difficult decision to divorce, one of the first concerns they may have is which parent will receive custody of the children. Child custody concerns are reasonable and understandable concerns the family law system helps parents resolve when they have decided to end their marriage. Parents can agree to a child custody agreement, and are encouraged to do so, but if they are unable to agree, the family law court will make a child custody determination.

How to minimize the effects of divorce on children

Divorce can take an emotional toll on all parties involved, including children. Although marriage dissolution can occur amicably, far too often it results in heated disagreements over a myriad of issues. Depending on how these arguments are handled, this process can have a dramatic effect on couples' children. There are some useful tips, however, to help minimize the impact of divorce of children. This is especially true when it comes to child custody and visitation matters.

Why does child support often seem overly burdensome?

Depending on which side of the fence they fall, many parents in Florida struggle to either pay or recover support payments. However, paying and receiving child support are important for a host of reasons. For those who are court-ordered to pay it, fulfilling their obligation will ensure that they don't face additional penalties, which can be far-reaching and include jail. For those who receive child support, the money can mean financial stability for their children, which can directly affect their health and education. However, many noncustodial parents who are ordered to pay child support find themselves financially unable to do so.

Former football player jailed for not paying child support

Penalties and consequences in Florida for failure to pay child support can be significant. A former NFL player recently spent most of the night in jail in Florida for failure to pay child support. Former New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray recently turned himself in and was jailed for failure to pay child support. The 27-year old former NFL player paid a cash purge of $7,924 and was released from jail.

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