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How to find the best parents to adopt your baby

Finding out you are unexpectedly pregnant can be extremely stressful. Perhaps you feel unprepared to become a mother, are facing financial difficulties or never planned to have children. Whatever your situation, you have several options. If you are considering adoption, your biggest concern is likely finding the right parents for your unborn child.

Creating a parenting schedule that works for everyone

Florida parents who are getting a divorce need to create a parenting schedule that outlines when the child will stay with each parent. By doing this in a way that prioritizes the child's needs, parents can indicate to their children that they care what happens to them.

As part of putting children first, parents need to think about how their children will feel. They should consider logistics such as how children will get to and from school. If the children have a regular child care provider, parents should think about whether they can keep that person. They also need to keep children's activities in mind. Older children may want to offer their input, and parents may need to make accommodations for children with special needs.

Alimony changes coming after 2018

Couples in Florida who are planning to divorce in 2018 may have a strong incentive to act quickly to avoid changes that will go into effect when the new year dawns. Changes to the way that alimony or spousal support is taxed are going into effect on January 1, 2019, and those changes can have serious consequences for both parties in a marital split. The changes will only affect couples who divorce after the beginning of 2019. Individuals who have finalized their divorces prior to that date will operate under the current taxation system.

These changes can be particularly concerning for couples with significant wealth who are going through a high-asset divorce. Currently, alimony payments are tax-deductible for the paying spouse. Meanwhile, the recipient pays taxes on the alimony as income. In many ways, this structure benefits both parties. The higher-earning ex-spouse can significantly reduce his or her tax burden while the lower-earning spouse pays taxes at a lower rate and can put his or her spousal support payments into an IRA.

Payroll deductions key to child support collecton

Payroll professionals can be a particularly critical part of the child support enforcement process for companies in Florida and across the country. Nationwide, direct payroll deductions are one of the most common forms by which parents meet their child support obligation. These deductions can include both voluntary withdrawals and also enforcement actions when a parent has failed to meet their child support obligations in the past. Of the $32.4 billion in child support payments tracked by the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement in 2017, $24.4 billion of those were made through payroll withholdings at the parents' workplaces.

Addressing the American Payroll Association's conference, the federal agency's commissioner urged greater use of electronic portals and systems to manage child support collections. He noted that the agency received over 67 million reports of new hires in 2017 alone. These reports are mandatory and must be filed by an employer whenever they bring someone new on board. When the reports are filed, states can identify people with outstanding child support obligations and transfer the payroll deduction obligation to their new employment. There, payroll professionals can set up the automatic deduction to handle the support payments.

Holding parents accountable for voluntary impoverishment

To avoid paying child support, Florida parents and others may engage in something called voluntary impoverishment. Generally speaking, a parent will either fail to report his or her true income or will intentionally make less money than he or she is capable of earning. Those who are owed child support may take a variety of steps to get the support that they need.

First, it may be possible to contact the Office of Child Support Enforcement. This will result in a formal child support order being created if none currently exists. After a review, the OSCE can impute income to a parent who is found to be making less than he or she could make by choice. During this review period, it may be possible to look at a noncustodial parent's employment history as well as financial records such as bank or credit card statements.

Studies find increase in women paying child support, alimony

In recent years, women in Florida who got a divorce might be more likely to pay alimony and child support than in the past. A study by the American Association of Matrimonial Attorneys found that 45 percent of lawyers said that in the last three years, they had seen an increase in the number of women paying alimony. More than half of the attorneys who were surveyed said the number of women paying child support had increased. Furthermore, according to Pew Research, women are the breadwinners in 40 percent of families.

In 1979, the Supreme Court decreed that alimony should be paid by women as well as men. The concept of alimony has shifted over the years as well. While it was once considered a kind of lifelong support for a spouse who did not work, alimony is less likely to be permanent than in the past. It is seen as more of a way to help a spouse get the training needed to enter the workforce.

Why prenuptial agreements are a good idea

Florida residents may be able to make use of a prenuptial agreement regardless of how much money they have. For instance, those who want to decide ahead of time what happens to property in the event of a divorce should draft one. Individuals who have children from a previous marriage could also benefit from a prenuptial agreement. This is because it can ensure that assets go to those children if an individual dies or gets divorced.

As a general rule, prenuptial agreements can be helpful to people who want to clarify their rights and responsibilities in a marriage. If a spouse has debt, a prenuptial agreement can specify that he or she is solely responsible for paying it off. Business owners may be able to protect themselves and anyone else with a stake in the company by creating a prenuptial agreement.

The average amount custodial parents receive in child support

When Florida parents go through a divorce, the parent who does not have primary physical custody may be required by the court to pay a certain amount in child support. While these payments are a way for the noncustodial parent to be able to assist with the tangible costs of raising a child, there are many who believe that custodial parents receive too much.

The U.S. Census Bureau releases a report about the status of child support throughout the nation every few years. This report is called Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support. It focuses on how many single parents there are in the nation who have a child support order from the court. The amount of child support that is owed and the amount of support that was actually received by the single parents is also reported.

What happens to military pensions during divorce?

Ending a marriage is always a difficult and confusing time. As your family establishes a new routine, you also worry about dividing assets, determining a child custody plan and alimony payments.

However, when one of the divorcing spouses is in the military, divorce can seem even more complicated. Military schedules can impact child custody arrangements, and you have unique military benefits and pension plans that civilian divorces lack. Many divorcing military spouses wonder whether the pension will be divided. If so, how much will each spouse keep?

How gender dynamics increase the likelihood of divorce

Compared to previous generations, Florida couples getting married in the 21st century are more likely to face future family law issues, such as child custody, visitation, parenting plans and time-sharing schedules. Gender dynamics and socioeconomic trends are shaping family life, and they are creating shifts in traditional gender roles. As a result, divorce is a more likely occurrence in modern families.

According to a recent research study conducted by sociologists in Sweden, traditional gender roles in marriage is being challenged by progressive societal attitudes, which, in turn, create friction for married couples. Specifically, the researchers discovered that women who earned less than their husbands or nothing at all when they got married are more likely to divorce if their earning power or careers surpass their spouses over the course of the marriage.

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