Florida Family Law & Divorce Resources
The following links and resources are provided by Orlando family law attorney Thomas E. Rhodes for the benefit of people seeking information on divorce, child support and related matters. If you are in central Florida and need to visit with an experienced attorney regarding a divorce or other family law matter, call Thomas E. Rhodes at (407) 578-1748, or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.
In addition to regulating the conduct of attorneys in the state, The Florida Bar also provides helpful information for members of the public seeking to learn more about the law in areas of practical importance to them. Some helpful family law pamphlets that are available include Adoption in Florida, Divorce in Florida, and Parenting and Divorce.
The Florida Department of Revenue can help you understand Florida statutory guidelines for child support. To estimate the amount of child support which may be awarded in your case, go to the Florida Child Support Calculator. Remember that this is an estimate only, and the judge has authority to deviate from the guidelines if convinced to do so by one or both parties.
Visit the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) for assistance enforcing a child support court order through income withholding, driver’s license suspension, passport denial, property liens, garnishment and other actions. You can also get assistance from federal agencies like the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) and Federal Parent Locator Service. The DOR website may also be important to you if you are paying support and need help with driver’s license reinstatement or other services.
For information about Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) and how they might apply to your divorce and property settlement, visit these pages at the Employee Benefits Security Administration and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
If you or your children have been subjected to domestic violence, get to a safe place and contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline for a referral to a shelter or other emergency or non-emergency resource in your area. If you are using a home computer that may be monitored by the abuser, it may be safer to use a computer at the local library or call the hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. If you are using a public computer or other safe computer, you may also find helpful resources and information at the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.