I am in the process of establishing child support, custody, visitation, etc and I have a few questions. I know every state is different but if I could just get some insight. And if anyone has dealt with these issues in Florida--specifically South Florida, that would be great.
For the whole process, how much money am I looking into spending? I am very limited on money. Will I have to look into getting a lawyer? (Note: I wasn't married to the father, if that makes a difference) Does it cost any money to file the suit?
Also, I was talking to someone that implied that if you do it through the State rather than through the Court its different in that it doesn't cost money or something. Is there any truth to that?
And, if the man changes jobs do you have to continue modifying it every time he changes employer?
As you can see im a little lost with this. ANY insight and answers to my questions would be GREATLY appreciated.
Answer by outstandingLove at 2:37 AM on Mar. 10, 2009
Answer by miss_nevin at 2:48 AM on Mar. 10, 2009
I am in Florida and 15 years ago, I went through the state and it didn't cost anything. If you get any type of state assistance they do it for free. We've never had child support modified. He still pays today what he paid 15 years ago. I don't push the issue about more child support because he buys any and everything our son needs. He has only changed jobs once in all these years and it's up to him to have the employer set it up to be taken out of his check. Just keep in mind we agreed on EVEYTHING! There was no bitterness between us so we didn't need any attorneys. We went in front of a judge, he asked how we wanted things done, we signed the papers and everything has been fine since then. If you're fighting over custody and child support, things could be different.
Answer by BrendaMomOf3 at 2:51 AM on Mar. 10, 2009
Answer by tropicalmama at 8:06 AM on Mar. 10, 2009