Understanding Florida’s Child Support Guidelines
A Florida judge’s first priority is the wellbeing of the children in every family law case. The judge will take a number of factors into consideration of child support, such as any special medical, psychological, or educational needs of the child, day care or health care costs and the income of both parents.
After the judge has considered these factors, child support will be calculated pursuant to Florida’s Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines calculate the amount of support based on the combined net income of the parents and number of children involved. Once all relevant considerations have been factored in, the judge will determine the amount of child support to be paid by the non-custodial parent.
Child support payments may be enforced since they are established in court usually in conjunction with a divorce agreement. For example, if one parent does not pay their child support, those outstanding payments may warrant wage garnishment or other legal action. On the other hand, a parent may have had a change in circumstances that does not allow them to pay the amount of child support they once did.
In these cases, our firm may be able to help clients with a modification of orders. In order to modify a child support order, a parent will have to prove that there was a significant change in their circumstances such as a pay cut, a loss of employment or even a physical impairment. With the right attorney on your side, you can be assured that your child support payments are fair, accurate and in the best interests of your children.