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Author: Darren Hatcher

Parenting and time-sharing agreements often encompass an array of topics which may arise when navigating the world of co-parenting. Often, the topics which come to mind first are time-sharing, child support, and parental responsibility. However, some of the less common issues can prove just as important when preempting disagreements and issues between the parties.
Florida Statute 61.30 dictates the terms and requirements surrounding retroactive child support. Retroactive, or otherwise known as “back-owed,” child support, can be ordered relative to a certain period of time.
Often attorneys are asked, “Is the Court able to make them pay my attorney’s fees?” Clients are often concerned whether or not the opposing side will be made to pay attorney’s fees or whether they will be made to do so for the other side.
Chapter 61 of Florida Statutes covers an array of topics that surround parenting issues, to include parental decision making for minor children. Every family and every case has a different set of circumstances but the consistent factor throughout the court’s consideration in a parenting plan is the best interests of the children. When it comes to parental responsibility, the best interests of the child vary from case to case.
Chapter 742.18 of Florida Statutes specifies the requirements for seeking a disestablishment of paternity or a termination of a child support obligation in circumstances wherein the male is not the biological father of the child.
Chapter 751 of Florida Statutes dictates the requirements for legal and temporary custody of a minor child by an extended family member. As reflected in Chapter 751, many minor children live with and are cared for by members of their extended families. However, what happens when that family member needs to take extended care of a minor child?
After utilizing the statutory guidelines to calculate an amount of child support, there are several other factors that the court may consider before ordering a final amount. Every case is different and it is important to have an informed litigator to help you determine which additional factors may be relevant to your case when determining child support.
Child support is, often, one of the most integral portions of a dissolution or paternity matter. The court is able to determine and order both temporary and permanent child support. As a result, it is important to know what is considered in determining child support and how to navigate your case accordingly.

An Injunction was Denied/Issued: What Can I Do Next? When a Judgment for an Injunction (A.K.A. “restraining order”) is issued against you or denied unfavorably, there can be many legal and personal pitfalls that follow. As the Petitioner, these can include safety concerns such as continued harassment, violence, or other negative behavior. As the Respondent, […]

Florida legislators are again proposing significant reforms to Florida’s alimony law. There is a new bill pending in the Florida legislature: Senate Bill 1796 (2022), which seeks to reform laws related to alimony and bifurcation of issues in a dissolution of marriage proceeding. As of January 26, 2022, it is still under review in the […]