Couples in Florida who have made the choice to get divorced will now be moving into new territory as the Tax Cut and Jobs Act takes full effect after New Year's Day. One of the biggest changes for divorcing spouses will be the elimination of a tax deduction for the person who might be paying alimony. Similarly, the person who would receive alimony will no longer claim that money as income and therefore not have to pay tax on it.
If you are the father of a child and you were not married to his or her mother, then you need to act fast to get parental rights in Florida. According to the Florida Statute, the mother of the child retains custody and parental rights if unmarried. For you, that means you have no legal rights to your child until you establish them through the court.