Kissimmee Child Support Attorneys
Child support will be an issue that is addressed in any paternity case or a divorce case involving children. Both parents have the legal responsibility to financially provide for their child’s needs and for the financial support to be fairly distributed, the court will often order child support to be paid. Child support is a monthly payment made by one parent to the other to help cover the costs of their child’s basic needs and expenses. Once it is ordered, child support payments will continue until your child turns 18 or graduates from high school, unless the court modifies the order. For this reason, it is imperative to ensure that any child support orders are fair.
The Kissimmee child support attorneys have extensive experience representing parents both receiving and paying child support and will always strive to make sure your child support order is as favorable as possible.
Child Support Determinations
Florida courts do not have a lot of discretion when it comes to most child support cases. The law sets out a formula that courts must follow in order to determine the appropriate amount of child support in a given situation. The calculation takes into consideration your income and expenses, as well as any special needs of the child. However, the formula does not account for all special circumstances and, therefore, can lead to unfair results at times. In such situations, you should have the representation of a skilled child support attorney who can make arguments to the court to stray from the formula if needed. In addition, if the other parent is requesting a detour from the formula, your attorney can make arguments against it if it would unfairly affect you.
Enforcement of Child Support Orders
Simply because a court issues a child support order does not necessarily mean that your child’s parent will pay you. The government recognizes that many people fail to pay child support and therefore provide methods of enforcing child support orders through both the Florida Department of Revenue and the court that issued the order. Your attorney will help you identify the best way for your to enforce your child support order so that you can properly support your child.
Child Support Modifications
Circumstances change and a child support order that was once fair may no longer be appropriate. For example, if you suddenly became disabled or unable to work, you may need to request that the court decrease the amount of child support you must pay. On the other hand, if your child’s parent starts earning significantly more money, you may want to request that the court require them to pay more child support. Having an attorney throughout this process is critical as there is often contention from the other parent who does not want the order to be modified.
Discuss Your Situation With a Kissimmee Child Support Attorney
Child support is extremely important and, whether you are facing a paternity or divorce case, you should have a lawyer handling your case who understands Florida child support laws. Please call the Kissimmee child support attorneys at Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. for help today.