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Child Support: Are You a Florida Deadbeat Dad

This morning I received a headline about a “Florida Deadbeat Dad.”  I thought it was about child support, but as I read the article I realized it was a addressing certain issues regarding Florida politics.  I really do not want to get into political issues on this forum. There are a lot of political bloggers who can provide you with their opinion on Florida politics.  Instead, I want to address the legal implications of being labeled deadbeat dad.

The more common use of the label appears in child support cases.  Men, you do not want to wear that title.  You may be a great dad, but if you are not paying your child support, no matter what your opinion of your child’s mom may be, your child needs her/his child support.  (occasionally this apply to mothers who have to pay child support, but more times than not it applies to the fathers).

That said, there are instances where circumstances may cause a drop in income and you can no longer pay child support in the amount set by the court.  For example, a few years ago there was a man who was considered a superstar in the NFL.  Some may even have viewed him as a prima donna.  While I am not naming names, he changed his name to a number.   During the 2012 season no longer playing football and the multimillionaire, could no longer pay child support.  (See Baby Mama on Missed Child Support).

Similar to the football player, the current state of the economy has caused many men who had high 5-figure or even 6 figure incomes to be out of work or have their incomes cut in half.  They either stop paying child support or pay substantially less child support.  Unfortunately, no one tells them what they need to do.  The courts do not provide guidance.  Child Support Enforcement will not help.  In fact in many cases, the mothers will come after these men and try to compel payment.  A wide range of options are available to judges in these enforcement proceedings – pay the child support by a certain date, pay the mother’s attorneys’ fees, suspension of the father’s driver’s license, or even incarceration.

In situations like these, fathers need to seek a modification.  Further, the best thing for fathers in these cases is to seek legal counsel.  Again, no one is helping the fathers (or the mother if she has the child support obligation).    Even if a father tries to do it himself, a mistake in the court filing will delay the process and the child support obligation will continue to add up.  Legal counsel will make sure that the correct procedures are followed and the child support reduced consistent with your income.

If you have experienced a significant change in circumstances, Rich Bradford at (813) 413-2402 can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly, as well as answer other family law questions.

 

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Family Law – On Cruise-Holmes Divorce Writer Offers Interesting Thoughts

The author of the Custody Calculations blog has interesting thoughts on the pending Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorce.  The author notes that Ms. Holmes is aggressively seeking sole custody of the children because with respect to Tom Cruise, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.  The author claims that in Cruise’s divorce from Nicole Kidman, he managed to gain the upper hand in the custody battle and effectively keep Kidman from seeing the children.  Now that the Cruise-Kidman children are adults, the author notes that you will not find the children photographed with their mother.  The author suggests that Holmes’ aggressive stance is necessary if she wants to have a future with her children.

A link to the Custody Calculations blog can be found here: Everyone is Going To Have Something to Say; TomKat Divorce.

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Child Support Problems in the State of Florida

Today, the Tampa Tribune reported that the there are problems with delays in child support payments for many recipients in the State ofFlorida.  This problem is affecting both those who are waiting for the payments, usually the mother, and those making the payments, usually the father.  For example, a father may have made $1000 payments in child support within the last month or so. The mother, however, may have received only $25.00 from the State. This harms both parties because the father in this situation looks like a deadbeat dad and the mother will experience difficulty paying her bills.  The Tampa Tribune story reads as follows:

Bonnie Step hadn’t received a child-support payment for months.

But she wasn’t angry at her ex-husband over the $2,300 she was owed. Instead, she blamed the state ofFlorida, which is collecting $684 from him every month.

The Florida Department of Revenue has heard similar complaints from others since the child-support disbursement unit began revamping its computer system, which keeps track of more than $1 billion in payments and payouts.

Department officials say the complaints represent less than 1 percent of the child-support cases it handles. But that means little to those who aren’t getting their payments even though ex-spouses are holding up their ends of the court-ordered agreements.

(Story Continued Here)

For answers to your child support or family law questions, please call Rich Bradford at (813) 413-2402.

 

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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Arrest Warrant Issued for Tampa Millionaire for Failing to Pay Alimony and Child Support

Circuit Judge Caroline Tesche issued a warrant for the arrest of a Bay area businessman for failure to pay child support and alimony.   According to a story reported in the Tampa Tribune , John Stanton owes his ex-wife and son $6.5 million in alimony and child support.   A hearing was held on Thursday, December 15, 2011, and Stanton failed to appear.
The paper reported that Stanton recently filed for bankruptcy protection, listing $10-50 million in liabilities and $100-500 million in assets.  His attorney argued that he is unable to pay alimony and child support because his assets are not liquid and cannot be converted to cash quickly.
Finding that Stanton has the ability to pay, Judge Tesche sentenced him to 5 months and 29 days for contempt of court.
This case is an example of the enforcement powers that courts possess when a party fails to honor their alimony and child support obligations.  The circumstances in this case were extreme resulting in the sentence.  If you have questions regarding alimony or child support, do not hesitate to call at (813) 413-2402.
 
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Posted by on December 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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