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    Default Stipulated Settlement Agreement Without Lawyers

    My question involves child support in the State of: Florida

    My daughter's mother and I have both spent thousands in attorney fees getting to the point where a settlement agreement has been reached. We're both disgusted with our legal teams and would like to file the settlement agreement with the judge presiding over our case ourselves now to save additional fees.

    Is this possible, and if so, how would we go about doing it? Thanks!

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    Default Re: Stipulated Settlement Agreement Without Lawyers

    A settlement of child support issues? Usually that doesn't take much beyond reference to the state child support guidelines.

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    Default Re: Stipulated Settlement Agreement Without Lawyers

    We didn't use the state guidelines or state support calculator. She and I are in agreement that this is in the best interest of the child.

    How can we file this paperwork once we've both signed and had it notarized?

    I live out of state by the way. The child resides in FL. This is a private case and not a state CSE case.

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    Default Re: Stipulated Settlement Agreement Without Lawyers

    Quote Quoting Florida Statutes, Sec. 61.30 - Child support guidelines; retroactive child support.
    (1)(a) The child support guideline amount as determined by this section presumptively establishes the amount the trier of fact shall order as child support in an initial proceeding for such support or in a proceeding for modification of an existing order for such support, whether the proceeding arises under this or another chapter. The trier of fact may order payment of child support which varies, plus or minus 5 percent, from the guideline amount, after considering all relevant factors, including the needs of the child or children, age, station in life, standard of living, and the financial status and ability of each parent. The trier of fact may order payment of child support in an amount which varies more than 5 percent from such guideline amount only upon a written finding explaining why ordering payment of such guideline amount would be unjust or inappropriate. Notwithstanding the variance limitations of this section, the trier of fact shall order payment of child support which varies from the guideline amount as provided in paragraph (11)(b) whenever any of the children are required by court order or mediation agreement to spend a substantial amount of time with either parent. This requirement applies to any living arrangement, whether temporary or permanent.

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    If your departure from the guidelines is in excess of 5%, you should expect that you will need to schedule a hearing and convince the court that you meet the standard for departure. If not, you can probably resolve this by submitting a stipulated order to the court for entry.

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