FORT LAUDERDALE AND MIAMI CHILD SUPPORT LAWYER
DO YOU NEED A SOUTH FLORIDA CHILD SUPPORT LAWYER?
In Florida, both parents are required to provide support to their children and that child support is considered to be a right of the child. What this means in reality is that the parent with a higher child support obligation pays the difference in child support to the parent with the lower child support obligation. The purpose of child support is to provide for a child’s needs, including food, clothing, and shelter. Child support is also considered to be a way for children to share in the good fortune that the parents have and have the same lifestyle from house to house.
HOW IS CHILD SUPPORT CALCULATED IN FLORIDA?
In order to figure out what child support should be, the court considers:
- Income of both parents
- Number of children
- The child’s healthcare costs
- Childcare costs, including babysitting, daycare, etc.
- Other needs of the child
When one parent earns more than the other, the higher earner is usually required to pay the lower earning parent child support but the time sharing (or visitation) schedule can change that because the time sharing schedule affects the amount of child support. The court can also require parents to have a health insurance policy to ensure that the children have support no matter what happens.
Child support is paid until a child is 18, a time that is agreed upon by both parties, or for a longer term if the child is mentally or physically incapacitated or if the child in question will still be in high school when s/he turns 18.
CAN I CHANGE THE CHILD SUPPORT ORDER?
Once the court has ordered support for children, that order is tough to change. But, when one parent is not following a child support order or substantial, material, or unanticipated changes have happened, the court can reconsider the child support order. To make sure that your case is heard, you’ll need to make sure that your case is strong and meets the requirements of Florida law.
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT PAYING CHILD SUPPORT?
In Florida, the consequences of not paying child support can be very serious. In fact, if a co-parent is found to be out of compliance with the court-ordered support agreement, the following consequences can occur:
- Suspension of the parent’s driver’s license
- Lien on owned property
- Suspension of the parent’s passport
- Seizure of the parent’s bank account
- Compounding interest charges
- Contempt of court
FIND AN EXPERIENCED IN FLORIDA
Child support cannot be waived–it is a basic right of the child. Child support is not a discussion or a disagreement between parents in the eyes of Florida law. It is a way to make sure that children have the same lifestyle and a way to share in what their parents have earned.
If you need help determining what a fair child support order is, Pazos Law Group can help. Our goal is to help your family minimize the stress and disruption that a case like this can have on your lives, while making sure that your best interests are served.
Our experience, resources, skill, and compassion is what you want and need when you have a family law challenge in Florida–no matter how complex it is.