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Father of 4 needing advice; I gross $58,000 a year and live in Florida

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Old Jul 3rd, 2012, 08:09 AM   #1
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12 years ago I had a son and two years after that got a divorce. Agreed to pay child support at 252.00 every two weeks. Have always paid on time.

Began paying 600 a month because it came out to be the same or a little more.

She asked me to pay even more so I did for close to two years at 700 a month.

This year I had to reduce to 600 a month. Along the way I have had three other children with my new wife. Ages 8 ,5 , and new born.

I tried to work with her because our income has been reduced because my wife is no longer working and she originaly said yes and is now getting ugly.

I was thinking of trying to acquire custody of my son or seeing how much I could reduce my child support by. I gross 58,000 a year and live in the state of florida.

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Old Jul 3rd, 2012, 08:39 AM   #2
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I wish to inform you that court ordered child support is your liability to pay. Further any change in court ordered child support can also be done through court. If at present child support is decided by you and other parent then that child support being not ordered by court is not enforceable. Child support amount is decided by keeping in view income of both the parents. Section 61.30 of Florida Statutes provides child support guidelines and your child support liability will depend upon various factors including income of other parent and your other liabilities.

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If asking for a reduction in child support, will the court take into account trying to provide for my three other children?
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12 years ago I had a son and two years after that got a divorce. Agreed to pay child support at 252.00 every two weeks. Have always paid on time.

Began paying 600 a month because it came out to be the same or a little more.

She asked me to pay even more so I did for close to two years at 700 a month.

This year I had to reduce to 600 a month. Along the way I have had three other children with my new wife. Ages 8 ,5 , and new born.

I tried to work with her because our income has been reduced because my wife is no longer working and she originaly said yes and is now getting ugly.

I was thinking of trying to acquire custody of my son or seeing how much I could reduce my child support by. I gross 58,000 a year and live in the state of florida.

Advice?
The first thing you need to do is check the child support schedules for Florida to estimate with both your earnings what your portion of the child support obligation will be.

If your reason for petitioning for custody is financial, that is not a legitmate reason to change what has been the child's home for now at least 12 years and try to integrate him into your new family and three children, stepmother and 1/2 sisters/brothers. This is always a difficult transition, even when necessity dictates.

The court will consider your obligations to your second family -- as well as availability of income from your current wife. Although her income may not be used to calculate support, it may be used to consider as a resource available to you -- if in fact she has income.

It is always wise to adjust support as one's income increases and the needs of the child increase, and do so voluntarily,. rather than expend the time and money to wrangle over support in court. These are tough times all over, so a lot of adjustments have to be made by most.
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keep track of all of your payments made to her so you have proof of what you paid,. You should have never given her more than ordered. As long as your still paying what was ordered you will be fine and you have to file a modification to have that changed and they take evetything into consideration. I cant stand when woman are so greedy. It like that all over. i live in CT and they rape the men in this state and it is such a shame. And this is coming from a woman.
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