Child Support

Who Pays What?

Child SupportYour child’s future and well-being are important to you. It’s also important that the other parent helps cover the cost of your child’s upbringing. On the other hand, if you are the noncustodial parent, you should not pay above and beyond your legal obligation. At Carl T. Boake, P.A, our child support attorneys have the skills necessary to defend your rights and the rights of your child.

Calculating Child Support In Florida

Many people hear stories that confuse them. They hear about a father of three paying less in child support than a father of one. So, they become angry or confused. Though the courts generally follow guidelines set by the state, judges do have some leeway to be flexible. Florida courts take several factors into consideration when determining the amount of child support. Among them are:

  • How much money does each parent make?
  • How much time does each parent spend with the child?
  • How much will day care cost, if applicable?
  • How much will the child’s medical insurance cost?
  • How much will be required to maintain the child’s current standard of daily living?
  • Are there previous child support orders?

The state guidelines list the amounts of support based on the child’s age and the parents’ incomes. However, the judge could order higher or lower support amounts based on special circumstances, such as high medical costs for the child. The right attorney works to understand your circumstances, explain your rights and help you understand the support guidelines.

You Need Experienced Representation

Divorce and family law issues are serious matters that require experienced legal assistance. You and your children have rights. Our firm handles all types of child support cases, so we know what evidence to gather in support of your case, and we know how to argue in your favor. Don’t put your childs future at risk. Call Carl today and put 30 years of experience to work for you and your children.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

Child SupportCan I Get Child Support During The Divorce Process In Florida?

Child SupportIn Florida, temporary child support is often awarded during the divorce process.

How Long Will I Receive Child Support In Florida?

Typically, you will receive child support until the child turns 18 years old or graduates from high school.

As The Paying Parent, Do I Have Any Say In How The Child Support Is Spent?

This is not required in Florida. The residential parent will be entitled to provide for the child’s day-to-day needs. This parent will control how the money is used. It could be used for:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Clothing

Extracurricular activities are different and require the contributing parent’s input on how those funds are spent.

I Can No Longer Afford The Court Ordered Child Support Order. How Do I Petition For A Reduction Of Child Support?

To petition for a reduction of child support, you must request a modification of the original agreement. This request will be considered if you can demonstrate that the change in circumstances is involuntary. The court will examine the change to make sure you are not trying to avoid payments.

If Both Parents Share Custody In Florida, Does Anyone Have To Pay Child Support?

Most of the time, one parent will pay child support even if both parents share custody. If one party earns more than the other party, a support obligation may be ordered. Support is based on the financial means of each party.

Can I Refuse To Allow Visitation If My Ex Doesn’t Pay Child Support?

You cannot refuse visitation if a parent is delinquent on their support payments. Visitation and payment of child support are considered to be unrelated topics in Florida. For more information on Child Support Issues In A Florida Divorce, an initial consultation is your next best step.

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