Under Florida law, both parents have an obligation to provide for a child's welfare financially. Child support is the court ordered payments from one parent to the other to cover expenses related to the child. Child support is generally awarded in proportion to each parent's income taking into consideration other factors such as the number of overnight stays the child has with each parent, which parent is paying for other expenses such as child care and health insurance, and any special needs of the child.
If you are a single parent who needs child support, our child support attorneys understand the financial burden of raising children as a single parent. We will work for you to collect the child support you deserve.
If you are ordered to pay child support but are unable to meet your obligation due to changes in circumstances, our child support lawyers can petition to modify your child support to a reasonable and fair obligation that you can afford.
If you have been ordered to pay child support in a Department of Revenue paternity case and you haven't been awarded any visitation or timesharing with your child, our attorneys can establish a parenting plan so that you can share custody of your child and, depending on your timesharing schedule, your child support obligation may be reduced.
The family court looks at a number of different factors under the Florida child support guidelines statutes. Key to the family court's determination is the best interest of your child. Of the factors the family court will consider, these are the most common:
The income of both parents
The availability and cost of health and dental insurance for the child
The number of overnight stays spent with each parent
Costs of childcare
The number of children
Children from other relationships being supported
Our child support lawyers will discuss with you in detail the Florida child support guidelines and how the family court calculates child support. Our goal is to ensure that your children are provided for and that you may avoid many of the struggles associated with being a single parent.
To set up your confidential consultation with one of our Orlando child support lawyers, give us a call at (407) 956-2172, or contact us online.