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January 2014 Archives

Relative or Stepchild Adoptions - You can afford it.

Taking on the obligation of caring for a grandchild, stepchild, relative child or foster care child can be very fulfilling. However, it can also be financially taxing especially if you consider the cost of raising a child from birth to adulthood in today's day and age. Why consider adoption in such a case?

Non-Offending Parents in Dependency Cases: Should you have a lawyer?

In short, yes, non-offending parents should absolutely have an attorney. If your income is under a certain amount, you may qualify to have an attorney appointed to you through the Courts free of charge. If your income is over the guidelines, you will have to obtain private counsel.

Family Law: Mandatory Disclosure and Financial Disclosure

Every party to a family law case must comply with production of Mandatory Disclosure. This is pursuant to Florida Rule of Family Procedure 12.285. A party has 45 days from the date they were served or from the date they served the other side to produce certain documents.

What does Department of Revenue have to do with child support?

Child Support assistance can be obtained from the Department of Revenue (DOR) in both initiating and enforcing child support in Florida. The Department of Revenue has an interest in helping caregivers obtain and enforce support because those who receive support are less likely to request or need cash assistance, food stamps and other subsidies. In fact, if you receive this type of assistance in Florida, whether you know it or not, you actually assign or give your right to child support over to the State of Florida. Yes, now it is their right to collect support, not yours.

Child Support Basics for Florida

Child support in Florida is calculated pursuant to a formula. Both parties technically owe support to their child and the amounts are calculated by using an algebra formula. We plug in amounts for certain variables and the formula tells you who owes whom how much money.

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