Plenty of children are born every year in Florida to parents who are not married. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. For fathers, though, it is important to take certain steps to establish parental rights.
Most Florida parents are aware that in order to be held accountable for child support, an individual must be the biological or legal parent of the child in question. In the case of stepparents, when a blended family becomes divided by divorce, the stepparent usually moves on with no financial obligation toward his or her stepchildren. Of course, if the stepparent legally adopted a stepchild during the course of the marriage, then child support would come into play. In an unusual ruling, one state's Supreme Court has determined that, in certain cases, a stepparent can be held responsible for child support.
An unusual case has made headlines in Florida and across the nation. A man and woman who have gone through divorce have been engaged in a legal battle over the fate of their frozen embryos. The matter was recently decided, and the outcome may set a precedent for how similar cases are handled across the nation. The man was able to prevail, an outcome that means that he will not be forced to pay child support or fight for child custody.
Parents have a responsibility to provide for the needs of their children, regardless of whether they remain together or pursue separate lives. When one parent has physical custody of his or her children and the other is granted visitation, the end result is usually a child support arrangement in which the non-custodial parent is expected to provide monthly payments. For some parents in Florida and elsewhere, meeting that financial obligation is virtually impossible due to the fact that the non-custodial parent is in prison.
Parents who fail to pay court ordered child support could find themselves in jail. Florida residents may be interested in learning about a father who will be spending the next two months in jail, even though he paid the balance owed in child support. He is known as the father who "died" to avoid meeting his child support obligations.
Courts typically require non-custodial parents to pay child support to provide for the financial needs of their children. Support can be ordered even without official child custody agreements. Florida parents who do not pay court-ordered child support are at risk of having their wages garnished from their paychecks or going to jail until paid in full. One man in another area was recently arrested after he apparently failed to pay child support.
In some cases, custodial parents end up owed large sums of money by non-custodial parents who fail to pay their court-ordered child support payments. For this reason, Florida parents who do not pay child support can face wage garnishment or even jail time. However, not everything in the system is foolproof, and, in one case, a father is still paying child support for a child who died years ago.
Alimony has been a hot topic in Florida for several legislative sessions. Previous bills have been vetoed by the governor and come under fire by women's advocacy groups. However, current proposed changes seem to have the support of both sides and may lead to landmark reforms to what some believe to be an outdated alimony system.
Courts typically order child support to be paid to the parent who has primary custody of the child. Unfortunately, there are circumstances that arise that make it almost impossible for child support to be paid. Florida blog readers may be interested in reading about a man who allegedly owes almost $400,000 in child support.
Many fans may remember Stevie J. from the role he played in a popular reality TV show, "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta". Florida residents who are not fans may also be interested in his story as he is now in legal hot water after a recent arrest for failure to pay child support. He is scheduled to appear for a child support arraignment in February.