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When Will A Court Impute Income in a Florida Child Support Case?

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

When determining a parent’s child support obligation, Florida family courts will look at that parent’s income as a primary factor in setting the final amount.  In a situation where a parent is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed. Florida law provides that a court may “impute” a higher income to a parent. This means if a… Read More »

Establishing Paternity in Florida

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

Establishing paternity for a child can at times be a challenging hurdle, particularly if the mother is unmarried. Under Florida law, there is a presumption that the husband of a married mother is the father of any child that mother has, there is no such presumption for unmarried couples.  As a result, in such… Read More »

What Do I Need To Prepare For My Florida Child Support Trial?

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

Imagine this: you were recently served with a motion written by your spouse’s attorney seeking to increase your child support obligation. Alternatively, imagine you lose your job and you are seeking a decrease in your child support obligation. Your spouse’s motion has been set for trial before a judge and you are now faced… Read More »

Motions for Temporary Support, Time-Sharing, and Other Relief in Florida Divorces

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

The divorce process can be long and taxing. At times, it can take a few years before a couple finally enters into a final custody agreement, final settlement agreement, and judgment.  Accordingly, particularly if your case is contested, it may be in your best interests to file a Motion for Temporary Support, Time-Sharing, and… Read More »

Determining Child Support in a Florida Divorce

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

Florida is one of the 39 states that adopts the ‘income shares’ model of child support. This model of support is premised on the idea that minor children should receive the same proportion of parental income that they would receive if their parents remained married. While Florida law (Fla. Stat. Ann. §61.30) directs courts… Read More »

When Can You Modify Child Support in Florida?

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

Today’s fluctuating economy has left many Florida residents facing job volatility. This volatility frequently means unexpected loss of employment or salary cuts that hinder a paying party’s ability to keep current on their child support obligation. If you get a divorce and set a child support obligation while your child is relatively young, there… Read More »

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