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Understanding when a child support obligation ends

Your divorce in Davie certainly does not end yours or your ex-spouse's obligations to continue to pay for the support of your children (no matter the circumstances of your custody arrangement). The expectation is, of course, that eventually your children will grow up and eventually be able to support themselves through their own gainful employment. The point at which that happens, however, may differ from case to case. Because of this, many often come to us here at The Minaya Law Offices, PLLC asking how long parents are expected to pay child support. 

What can I do about a deadbeat parent?

Raising a child in Florida is often expensive. That’s why non-custodial parents must pay child support as ordered by the court. Failure to do so can make it difficult to provide for all of a child’s needs and can also lead to serious legal trouble. The Balance explains what you can do if you’re owed child support.

How can I control spending over the holidays?

Whether you’re the custodial parent or are obligated to remit child support payments, the holidays can be tough for single parents. In this case, you must take the proper steps to prevent issues from occurring, as overspending during the holiday season can start the new year off on the wrong foot financially. Bankrate offers the following tips, which can help divorced parents save money during this time of year.

Will I get a license suspension for not paying child support?

When the court orders you to pay child support in Florida, it becomes a legal obligation. You do not have a choice about whether or not to pay it. If you fail to pay your support as ordered by the court, you could face penalties. These penalties do include the suspension of your license. However, according to the Florida Department of Revenue, you do get plenty of chances to correct the situation before your driver's license suspension.

Can I revoke visitation rights if child support isn’t being paid?

In Florida, non-custodial parents are often ordered to pay child support to ensure their offspring remain financially stable. When these payments fail to materialize it can be a frustrating experience, so much so that you may want to withhold visitation until back payments are made. VeryWellFamily.com explains what you can do about unpaid child support and why revoking visitation rights may not be in your, or your child’s, best interests.

Being the non-custodial parent is still an important role

You have just made the decision to get divorced in Florida and while you are relieved at the thought of having freedom from all of the marital woes of your past, you are concerned about how this change will affect your children. At The Minaya Law Offices, PLLC, we have helped many families to put together a plan for child custody that are beneficial to both parties. 

How is child support calculated?

Both you and your ex are responsible for providing financial care for your children. As a result, the courts in Florida must determine how the non-custodial parent is obligated to pay to cover essential child care costs. TheBalance.com offers information on how child support is calculated so both you and your former spouse are able to remain informed of the process.

What can I do if my ex won’t pay child support?

It’s up to both parents to provide financially for their children. Unfortunately, many divorces parents in Florida are faced with non-payment of child support, which can greatly hamper a child’s development and well-being. So, what can be done if your ex refuses to pay child support? U.S. New & World Report offers the following advice if you’re faced with a former spouse who is unwilling or unable to remit child support payments.

Back child support and international travel

Child support can create a number of challenges in a non-custodial parent's life, whether they have fallen behind and are worried about the consequences they may face or they are having a hard time staying caught up because their income recently dropped. While many people realize that back child support can be problematic with regard to finances, there are other ways in which falling behind on child support can disrupt a person's life. Not only do some face the threat of arrest and a shattered reputation in their community, but unpaid child support may prevent someone from traveling abroad.

Detailing the Federal Tax Refund Offset program

On top of signaling the impending arrival of summer, there is another reason why so many in Plantation look forward to springtime: It is tax season! Every year, countless local residents likely anticipate receiving a big check from Uncle Sam. Some may plan to use that money to pay off debts (such as child support arrears). Yet if potential return recipients have no intention of using those funds to fulfill their child support obligations, those who are expecting it need not worry; the law allows for that money to go directly to them. 

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