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Author Archives: Patricia Palma

What Happens If I Can’t Afford To Pay My Court Ordered Child Support Obligation?

When circumstances change substantially for a parent paying child support, it may seem impossible to afford child support. The parent who can no longer afford child support may need to file a Supplemental Petition to Downward Modify Child Support seeking a reduction in her court ordered child support obligation. The basis for a child support […]

What Can Happen If I Don’t Pay My Child Support Obligation?

When parents separate, the financial responsibility for supporting the child is still left up to both parents. In Florida, child support is mandatory in order to ensure that the child gets as much financial support as permitted under the Florida Child Support Guidelines. The child support amount is generally determined by the income of the […]

What Are My Options If I Want My Divorce To Be Quick And Simple in Florida?

Depending on the specific circumstances and facts of your case, there are three procedures in Florida for achieving a divorce: simplified, uncontested, and contested. Simplified Dissolution of Marriage in Florida In Florida, a Simplified Dissolution of Marriage can be obtained only if you and your spouse meet the following requirements: You and your spouse agree […]

Privacy in Divorce Cases? FAQs

In high conflict cases where custody of the minor children and/or dispute of finances are at issue, some spouses take extraordinary measures to obtain information from the other side. The issue of expectation of privacy in a divorce case can be quite complex. The following are questions that may arise during a high conflict divorce: […]

Is It Possible to Deviate from Child Support Guidelines in Florida?

Yes, it is. Although deviating from child support guidelines is not easy, it is possible. If you are a parent who is struggling financially because your monthly child support award is minimal or you are paying so much child support that you cannot pay for your own basic monthly expenses, Florida Law may permit you […]

Paternity and Timesharing

If I’m the biological Father of a minor child born out of wedlock, am I entitled to timesharing and/or custody of the child immediately after I sign the birth certificate? Not necessarily. According to Florida law, the Mother of a child born out of wedlock is the natural guardian of the child. In this scenario, […]

Social Security Benefits for Divorced Spouse

Social Security benefits are usually not treated as marital property by Florida divorce courts, but if you were married at least ten years, then you may be automatically eligible under federal law for Social Security benefits as a divorced spouse. Unlike other retirement benefits, social security is not divisible on the day of the final […]


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