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Authorities apprehend a dozen over back child support

When a father is unable to pay child support, he may be facing various problems. In addition to the stress and depression that may come with unpaid child support, the father could be going through a hard time financially. Perhaps he lost his job or experienced an emergency that came out of left field. In Lee County, and across all counties in the state of Florida, fathers who are in this tough situation should not push off addressing their circumstances. After all, back child support can have very serious ramifications.

Understanding the importance of paternity establishment

From child support to visitation and wrongful allegations of family violence, there are a multitude of challenges that fathers may encounter. In Lee County, and throughout all of Florida's other counties, fathers who are going through any of these difficulties and have a solid understanding of their rights may be able to work towards a more favorable outcome by establishing paternity. At Fried and Fried, our firm understands how emotionally and even financially draining these matters can be.

Custodial parents and child support

When it comes to legal issues involving family law, there are a variety of topics that parents may go over, such as property distribution and alimony. However, those which involve children are often particularly stressful for fathers as well as their kids. Fathers may find themselves fighting for the custody of their child or attempting to prove that a child is not theirs. For fathers who live in Lee County, or another part of Southwest Florida, understanding various responsibilities and parental rights is paramount.

Man pays support for non-biological child

For some non-custodial parents, child support can be incredibly challenging and creates financial hardships that virtually destroy their life. Furthermore, the ramifications of missing child support payments can be severe and may prevent people who have fallen behind from traveling or being able to drive. Moreover, they may have their wages garnished or even spend time behind bars, which is why non-custodial parents in Lee County should closely analyze their options.

Disestablishing paternity: When you learn the child isn't yours

In most cases, fathers establish paternity to claim parental rights like visitation or joint custody. But what happens if you find out that the child you thought you helped conceive isn't really yours? Not only do you have to deal with the fact that your girlfriend cheated on you, but now you're wondering if you're legally on the hook for another man's kid.

Taking a look at paternity disputes

When it comes to paternity disputes, there are all sorts of factors that you may have to take into consideration. For example, you may believe that you are a child's father, but his or her mother may be denying that you are the child's biological father. On the other hand, someone may wrongfully claim that a child is yours in an attempt to gain access to child support or some other benefit. At Fried and Fried, P.A., we know how difficult these issues can be for parents and children in Lee County, and across Florida.

Reviewing the benefits of modifying a child support order

When a child's parents split up, numerous legal issues may arise. For example, if you have recently gone through a divorce, you may be struggling with a custody dispute, property division and spousal support, to name a few. That said, child support can be especially challenging and your inability to pay support or receive the help you are entitled to may lead to serious consequences. At Fried and Fried, we recognize the multitude of problems that parents on both sides may encounter in Florida.

Will back child support affect my tax refund?

Each year, taxpayers have a myriad of concerns when tax season approaches. However, if you have fallen behind on child support payments or are worried that you will no longer be able to pay child support, it is especially important for you to understand how that could have an impact on your tax refund. In Lee County, and elsewhere in Florida, unpaid child support can lead to a host of problems that may upend your life.

When do child support payments end?

If you are required to pay child support, you could be struggling with various legal matters and have a number of questions. For example, you may be unsure of whether your child support order can be modified or you could be unable to fulfill your obligations because of economic hardship. If you live in Lee County, Florida, or any part of the U.S., it is vital to find answers to any important questions you have, such as when your child support obligations end. After all, child support problems can carry serious consequences, including fines and even jail time.

Unpaid child support and federal law

In 2013, there were more than 13 million parents across the entire nation who had custody of a child while the child's other parent lived somewhere else, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Moreover, these parents received a combined total of over $22 billion in child support payments over the course of the year. However, $32.9 billion in child support was owed, resulting in a deficit of more than $10 billion. For non-custodial fathers in Lee County, Florida, back child support can carry serious consequences at both the state and federal level.

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