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Paying Child Support For A Child Over 18

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

In Florida, there is a statute on the books which requires that all child support orders contain an end date, which is usually the child’s 18th birthday. However, there are situations in which child support may be extended past that date, if the child is held to still qualify as dependent under the relevant… Read More »

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Can Bankruptcy Discharge Child Support Obligations?

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Bankruptcy is an ever-present danger for many people in the United States, for a variety of different reasons. When one files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy (the most common type), it is possible to have certain debts discharged, and one might conceivably wonder if it is possible to have child support obligations discharged as well…. Read More »

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How Does Your Parenting Plan Affect Child Support?

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When two people are divorcing, and they have one or more children of the marriage, the issue of child support must come up. Under Florida law, the right of support belongs to the child – not the parents – and cannot be bargained away or waived. The state has a specific set of guidelines… Read More »

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Parenting Time and Child Support In Florida

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

When two people decide to divorce, asset distribution may not take a very long time, but deciding issues of parenting time and child support payments can draw out proceedings for ages if not handled appropriately. What many couples do not immediately grasp is that parenting time can play a role in arriving at an… Read More »

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Explaining Retroactive Child Support in Florida

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

The concept of retroactive child support can be confusing to many divorcing parents, who may ask what ‘retroactivity’ is relevant. However, Florida law allows the custodial parent to petition, in some cases, for child support dating not just to the divorce, but to the initial separation. This may not always be available, but if… Read More »

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Can I Avoid Paying Florida Child Support?

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

If you have children and you are in the process of getting a divorce, one of your main concerns will likely be the issue of child support. Generally, Florida requires all parents to contribute to the maintenance of their children, and gives the custodial parent a lot of options to force payment if the… Read More »

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Child Support Past 18 In Florida

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

In the strong majority of cases, paying child support in Florida will end when your child reaches the age of 18. However, there are situations in which this is not the case, especially if your child support order does not have an end date. If you are concerned about the possibility of having to… Read More »

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Changing Your Florida Child Support Payment

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

In a divorce, most of the rights and property being decided and divided belong to the two spouses. However, the one right that is only granted to the child or children in the divorce is the right of support. Child support will be granted in any divorce where the spouses have children, but the… Read More »

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The Nature of Florida Child Support

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

The average person tends to labor under the misapprehension that when a custodial parent is receiving child support, that support money should only ever be used to cover a child’s bare minimum needs – food, clothing, and shelter. However, a child does not generally thrive when only their basic needs are being met; they… Read More »

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Irregularities In Florida Child Support

By Steven A. Mason, P.A. |

Florida’s child support guidelines lay out a specific procedure to follow so that each parent pays only what they can afford. However, it is sadly not uncommon for a noncustodial parent to try and subvert the guidelines or otherwise get out of paying their rightful support obligation, and it can very often take an… Read More »

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