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December 2015 Archives

What happens if one parent is unknown?

In most custody cases, there are two biological parents involved. However, there are also situations where adoptive parents, grandparents and even legal custodians are party to the case. One issue that can come up in some of the more complicated child custody cases is what to do when the whereabouts or identity of one parent is unknown. This is most often an issue in the case of adoption, whether via grandparent, stepparent or a traditional adoption situation.

Understanding alimony and modifications

Whether or not you qualify for alimony or spousal support can be a confusing subject when it comes to divorce. Even once you figure out if alimony is an option, there's still the matter of how much to be decided. It's no surprise that this can be a contentious issue in divorces, but having an experienced family law attorney in your corner as you negotiate and settle alimony payments can help a great deal.

Can a tax refund be applied to child support arrears?

There are many different avenues the child support enforcement agency can attempt to collect funds from the payor to satisfy arrears, including garnishing wages and lottery winnings and intercepting a federal tax refund. Taking a tax refund can help get the payor caught up more quickly than just taking an extra percentage out of the regular income, especially if the expected tax refund is significant.

What are the requirements for an AMBER alert?

When some parents divorce or separate, one parent might not be satisfied with the child custody arrangements. In fact, he or she could be so unhappy that he or she decides to take the child and run. When this happens, law enforcement in Florida and across the country may be able to issue an AMBER alert in order to help locate the child and the parent.

2 missing teens found, mother arrested

Child abductions are one of the scariest things that could possibly happen to a parent, but there are many situations in which one parent is actually the abductor. This is especially common in long, difficult custody cases or those that involve allegations of domestic violence or child abuse. In some cases, the abducting parent may feel like he or she has no other alternatives once the court makes a decision in the other parent's favor, but taking matters into his or her own hands can cause legal repercussions later on.