Month: August 2015

Penalties for Not Paying Child Support or Alimony in Florida

Every parent has an obligation to financially support their children. Short of your agreement to pay the amount determined by the Florida guidelines, a court may order one parent to make monthly payments to the other parent. Regarding alimony, or spousal support, one party who is the higher wage earner may, under certain circumstances, be ordered to make monthly payments to the other party following a separation, during a divorce or after divorce proceedings unless the parties can agree otherwise. The payments are to help the recipient party gain marketable skills or at least to maintain the...

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Classification of Misdemeanor Crimes and Their Potential Penalties in Florida

Misdemeanor offenses are less serious than felonies and usually include non-violent offenses and various traffic offenses. They are distinguished from felonies in that the maximum time you can be incarcerated is one year in county jail. Florida has two classifications of misdemeanors, first and second degree. Although not felonies, misdemeanors are still criminal violations and carry additional consequences for those who are convicted. For example, a DUI conviction usually means loss of your driving privileges for several months on a first offense which is increased substantially with multiple...

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