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What happens in a child support dispute?

Facing a divorce can be extremely complicated in some circumstances, especially if there are children involved. You may be contemplating parenting plans, child custody and determining what would be in the best interest of your children. As part of the divorce process, child support is set by the court. The noncustodial parent is ordered to pay child support to help bridge the financial gap children often experience when they are forced to transition to a one-parent household. Although the child support amount is set using set standards based on both parents’ income and expenses, you may not agree on the final amount. Whether there are extenuating circumstances that may keep you from paying the amount ordered by the court, or there has been a recent change in your finances, you may have a child support dispute.

What is the income shares model of child support?

Children are often unwilling participants of divorce. While you may have decided to separate or terminate your marriage, your children are forced to go through the divorce as well and must adapt to a new lifestyle as a result. Children may have to move from a traditional family lifestyle to living in a single-parent household. They may switch split custody with both parents or spend the majority of their time with one parent. Child support is designed to bridge the financial gap that children may experience when going through a divorce and help to maintain the child’s quality of life.

What you should know about child support modification

Once child support is written into a divorce settlement, it may seem as though it is set in stone. Yet, that is not the case. There are circumstances in life that may occur that requires a change in the amount of child support paid every month. Child support modification allows parents to alter the amount of child support ordered for several reasons. The income of the parent paying child support may change, making them unable to pay the court-ordered amount of child support. Whether parents become incarcerated, lose their job, get a promotion or demotion, the change in gross income could constitute a change in the child support amount.

What can happen if your ex fails to pay child support?

When you count on your ex to help you support your shared child in Florida and then he or she fails to pay child support when it is due, it can leave you at best, feeling frustrated, and in some cases, facing a desperate situation. There are, however, certain measures the state’s Child Support Program may be able to take to help force your child’s other parent into compliance.

What am I allowed to buy with child support?

The life of a single parent can be hard, especially for Florida residents who are going through financial challenges. If you are the custodial parent, you know that the child support you receive can be a lifesaver. However, you may also wonder if the courts will monitor your child support spending, especially if your ex-spouse says you need to provide receipts or tries to dictate how you spend the money.

Tips for handling money--including child support--with your ex

Money is easily one of the most contentious issues in a divorce. Whether you and your former spouse remain amicable or cannot stand each other, you may still disagree on money issues. Determining which party should cover which costs, how to split expenses and whether you should make a certain purchase are potentially controversial topics. Child support can cause many disagreements, too.

Can child support cover private school tuition?

The new school year is in full swing. If you and your partner are divorcing, you have more on your mind than just helping your child with their homework. You must create a custody and visitation schedule that works for you, your former spouse and your child. And you must contend with another often-contentious issue: Child support.

5 tips for saving on back-to-school shopping

While not quite over yet, the telltale signs of summer's end are starting to make their appearances. Department stores are replacing patio furniture with pencils, pens and notebooks. The tourist season is winding down in Southern Florida. Schools have started sending out back-to-school notices and the all-important list of school supplies children will need this year.

How do Florida courts determine fair child support?

The costs of raising a child always seem to be in flux. They grow out of every pair of pants they own over the mere span of a few months. They need fifty dollars for a field trip and another fifty for school supplies. They accidentally run over the family's cell phone data and rack up hundreds of dollars in texts.