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Child Support Lawyer
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We understand how frustrating, emotional, and challenging child support matters can be during a divorce. Whether you are seeking more support or believe you should be paying less, having the right help on your side can make or break the outcome. In Florida, that means turning to the best child support lawyers on the Treasure Coast to defend and protect you.
Child support in the state of Florida is determined by child support guidelines that account for the incomes of both parents, and take into consideration health insurance, day care expenses, and the amount of time each parent spends with their children. Although these guidelines are strict, they can be modified if either party’s income or circumstances change significantly in the future.
In addition to modifications and child support arrangements, a child support lawyer can assist you with enforcing child support orders, paternity arrangements, and much more.
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What Can a Child Support Lawyer Do?
We help our clients with a wide range of child support issues. Sometimes one parent will attempt to hide income to prevent their child support payments from increasing. We have access to a network of forensic accountants and private investigators who will be able to help us obtain the information we need to assist in preparing your case.
Additionally, child support lawyers can:
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Child Support Modification in Florida
Your child support arrangement may have worked for a time. Now, things have changed and child support modification is needed. In this case, your family law attorney can fight for you in court to modify this agreement in a fair and effective manner.
How Is Child Support Calculated In Florida?
An “income shares model” is used for calculating child support in Florida. As a result, this means the parent with a higher net income will typically have higher child support obligations. Also taken into account with the calculations is the overnight time each parent spends with the child(ren).
To determine each parent’s income, the following factors are considered (as outlined by the 2012 Florida Statutes):
1. Salary or wages.
2. Bonuses, commissions, allowances, overtime, tips, and other similar payments.
3. Business income from sources such as self-employment, partnership, close corporations, and independent contracts. “Business income” means gross receipts minus ordinary and necessary expenses required to produce income.
4. Disability benefits.
5. All workers’ compensation benefits and settlements.
6. Reemployment assistance or unemployment compensation.
7. Pension, retirement, or annuity payments.
8. Social security benefits.
9. Spousal support received from a previous marriage or court ordered in the marriage before the court.
10. Interest and dividends.
11. Rental income, which is gross receipts minus ordinary and necessary expenses required to produce the income.
12. Income from royalties, trusts, or estates.
13. Reimbursed expenses or in kind payments to the extent that they reduce living expenses.
14. Gains derived from dealings in property, unless the gain is nonrecurring.