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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.

What happens if a parent is unable to pay child support?

Some divorce orders require one parent to pay child support. This money allows the child or teen to have a lifestyle and opportunities that would be possible if their parents had remained together. Although child support is important, the parent doesn’t always pay properly.

Divorce considerations for children with special needs

Parents of children with mental or physical disabilities know how proper care makes a difference in their lives. Patient teaching, therapy and careful management of the environment might help your child continue to learn and grow at their own pace.