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February 2017 Archives

Back child support and fathers

According to a new study, fathers in Florida and the rest of the nation who owe back child support tend to spend less time with their children. They also tend to work fewer weeks a year and have a greater chance of having children with more than one partner.

Former NFL player jailed for not paying alimony, child support

Florida fans of former NFL player Robert Meacham may be interested to learn that on Feb. 13, he began a month-long jail sentence because he owed about $388,000 in child support and alimony. He had already paid around $200,000, and he will be released if he pays an additional $100,000.

Trump leaving Obama's child support rule on books

Florida parents may have heard that the Trump administration is reviewing many of the more than 600 so-called "midnight" regulations enacted by Barack Obama before he left office. However, the one changing how states collect child support payments from incarcerated parents is remaining on the books for now.

How divorce affects a jointly held home mortgage

Homeowners that choose to get a divorce in Florida will need to decide how to divide their real estate. Typically, both spouses have their names on the mortgage. If they sell the home and go their separate ways, then the loan is resolved, but sometimes one spouse chooses to keep the house. In that case, the ex-spouse remaining in the home might buy out the other person's legal interest in the property as part of the divorce settlement. A buyout, however, does not necessarily resolve the existing mortgage with two names on it.

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