Knowledgeable Child Support Advocacy
Whether you are seeking child support or want to make sure that your child support obligation is properly calculated, contact an experienced divorce and child support attorney at The Minaya Law Offices, PLLC. You need a seasoned child support enforcement lawyer who knows how to quickly enforce your child support order in Florida so that you can collect the child support money you entitled to.
The amount of child support is calculated based on the Florida Child Support Guidelines and is influenced by factors such as the net income of each parent and their timesharing plan (how much time each parent spends with the child or children).
When a noncustodial parent is ordered to pay child support, it does not mean that he or she is automatically granted visitation. Visitation and child support are separate issues, and the courts look at what is in the best interest of the child.
Calculating Child Support In Florida Is More Complicated Than Looking At A Paycheck Stub
The primary considerations for child support in Florida are:
- The number of children
- The net income of each parent
- The number of overnight stays with each parent
- The financial needs of the children, including living, medical and other expenses
Each parent’s percentage share of the child support need shall be determined by dividing each parent’s net monthly income by the combined net monthly income. If a noncustodial parent is working, the law may require that the employer deduct support payments from the parent’s paycheck.
What Role Does Custody Play When Calculating Child Support?
The timesharing plan (number of overnight stays with each parent) is the most significant factor when calculating child support. If the time with one parent is minimal (less than 20 percent), the income of the custodial parent (the one with the greater time with the children) becomes almost insignificant to the child support calculations.
Is Child Support Modifiable?
In the months and years following a divorce, either party might see their financial circumstances change significantly. From job loss to significant illness, the previously agreed-upon child support terms might no longer be feasible. If your finances have seen a significant change, don’t attempt to work out a new agreement with your ex. Contact a family law attorney at once. The court has a specific procedure set up to modify divorce orders.
Contact Our Plantation Law Office
If you have further questions or concerns regarding child support or child custody, don’t hesitate to schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a lawyer at The Minaya Law Offices, PLLC. We can be reached by phone or email. Se habla español.