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What can happen if a Florida parent doesn't pay child support?

Every parent ordered to pay child support in Florida would be wise to take this obligation seriously. Not only is it a way to ensure that both parents play a role in supporting a child, child support is also a court order that comes with serious consequences if a parent does not comply.

Below, we examine some of the penalties that the courts can put in place to enforce a child support in Florida

Should your prenup serve as a relationship contract?

If you're in a serious relationship, you may have considered setting up a prenuptial agreement. No, it's not terribly romantic, but it's still a good idea. You see, whether or not you negotiate an agreement, you will still have to deal with many of the same issues. Who owns what? What is the fairest way to divide our shared property? Would alimony be appropriate if we break up?

The main topic of a prenup is your agreement about what should happen if the relationship ends. It typically lists any separate property you have and discusses how you would expect to divide shared property if you were to divorce. It often lays out whether one partner would receive alimony.

What a prenuptial agreement typically can't cover is child custody, visitation and support. Issues involving children have to be determined in the best interest of the child, and most states, including Florida, don't allow children's issues to be included in a prenuptial agreement.

Intent: The thin line between borrowing and theft

Misunderstandings can often lead to unnecessary complications. What you may view as a simple mistake could cause other individuals a great deal of upset. If a person feels that you have slighted him or her in some way, you may find yourself in a predicament that proves difficult to get out of. In fact, you could potentially even face legal problems if the misunderstanding is great enough.

One way in which such a situation could arise relates to the possible relationship between borrowing and theft. You may have borrowed an item from a person, but over time, you may have forgotten to return it. The person to whom the item belongs may begin to believe that you stole the item and attempt to have charges brought against you.

U.S. Supreme Court shakes up the rules for military pensions

In a divorce, Florida residents must divide property that belongs to the marital estate. This can be problematic enough for civilians, but when you are a military veteran, additional issues regarding your benefits and pension arise.

In many military divorces, the non-service member spouse ends up receiving a portion of the service member's retirement. You may end up relinquishing a portion of your military retirement as part of your divorce. You should know that a recent decision from the U.S. Supreme Court could affect the amount your soon-to-be former, or former, spouse receives now and in the future.

Avoiding common problems when buying a home

Whether you are buying a second residence, relocating or making the Destin area of Florida your permanent home, you want to avoid as many complications and problems as possible during the process. Making this type of major decision is a significant legal and financial commitment, and it is beneficial to make the effort to avoid common pitfalls associated with the buying and selling process.

Many people do not secure the help of an attorney when buying a house, but that decision could have detrimental consequences. Unexpected delays and complications could be costly and could ultimately prevent you from meeting your objectives. If you are considering purchasing a home, you do not have to walk through the process alone.

Has your money gone missing?

Many people in the northern parts of the United States think of Florida as a utopian location where they hope to retire, or just get away for a week or so to chase their troubles away. However, Floridians encounter their share of problems, just like everyone else. For instance, many people throughout the state find themselves involved in divorce proceedings. In fact, some face serious challenges surrounding contentious child custody issues or asset division complications.

Relocation and child custody can be a tricky thing

Change is a part of life. There is no way around it. When a change of circumstances occurs, you just have to do all that you can to make the best of it. For some parents in Florida and elsewhere, sometimes change means the need to relocate. If you are dealing with a child custody order, relocation can be a tricky thing.

If you share children with a former spouse or partner, relocation means possibly having to get court approval before you move -- if the move takes you more than 50 miles from your current location. This may seem like a hassle, but its intent is to protect the rights of both parents. Its intent is also to help preserve parent-child relationships.

How Junk Science Has Infiltrated The Court System

Our legal system depends heavily on scientific means-tests of blood samples, hair samples, and DNA-to ensure proper justice for the victims and the accused.

Late last week, however, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report revealing that a great deal of courtroom evidence based on forensic methods, which had previously been considered trustworthy, often lacks sufficient scientific validation. In fact, we have little verification that many forensic techniques are actually proper forms of legal proof.

Is it best to keep the home or sell it in divorce?

Deciding whether to keep the family home or sell it during divorce can be a tough decision to make, both emotionally and financially. There are pros and cons to both situations and what makes the most sense is dependent on a person's unique circumstances.

For example, while a wife may desperately want to hold on to the family home -- especially if children are living there -- this financially may not make the sense. While there is the emotional pull to stay and want to keep everything as stable as possible for the children, financially it may just not be possible.

Will I end up with excess debt after divorce?

Divorce is challenging. Even in situations where both spouses are on relatively good speaking terms with an uncontested divorce, there are still legal issues that will need addressing. For those in contested divorce situations, the issues can require even more action. One of the more common concerns among couples, though, is how to deal with debt.

To understand how debt works in divorce, one must first understand how the law works. Florida is an "equitable division" state. This means the courts considers individual circumstances when deciding how to divide assets and debts. Assets and debts are not automatically split down the middle. Rather, the court will make a decision on how to divide marital assets and debts based on what is fair.

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