Child custody and support are two of the most important decisions that are made in a
divorce. Keeping the best interests of the child in mind, Florida judges
take into account a number of factors when making a decision about which
parent a child should live with. However, what if neither parent can provide
the necessary level of care for their child? In these cases, it may be
beneficial for the child to live with a third party, such as a grandparent,
aunt, uncle, or other relative, either temporarily or permanently. This
arrangement necessitates consideration of how
child support is to be paid for the benefit of the child.
Florida law provides courts with the ability to transfer child support
payments to the person with whom a child lives. In other words, if a child
of divorced parents is living with a third party who is not the child’s
mother or father, the court can redirect the payments to their guardian
rather than to the non-paying parent. Alternatively, the court can require
both parents to pay child support to the person caring for the child.
This can be accomplished through an Order of Redirection. Since these
matters can be complex, it is crucial to retain the services of an experienced
family law attorney who can ensure that all of the appropriate forms are
filled out and submitted in a timely manner.
If you are caring for a minor child and are not receiving child support
payments from either of the child’s parents, contact Owenby Law,
P.A. as soon as possible. As caretaker, you may be entitled to support
payments to help cover the financial responsibilities of providing a safe
and comfortable home for the child.
Our Jacksonville family law attorneys are prepared to offer you a
free initial consultation, so do not wait to call us at (904) 770-3141.