Child Support

Lake County Child Support Lawyer Helps You Provide for Your Child's Future

Personally Helping You Establish, Modify And Enforce Child Support Orders

The financial costs associated with raising children increase with each passing year. Following a divorce, it is important to remember that each parent is equally responsible for supporting minor children. At the Law Office of Michael E. Golub, we strive to collaborate with all parties to develop a mutually beneficial child support arrangement designed with your child's best interests in mind. We help clients at each stage of the process even after your divorce is final and a support order is in place.

How Is Child Support Calculated In Florida?

Florida's shared custody model also influences child support issues, and each parent has an obligation to provide a proportional share of support based on monthly income. The court may require either parent to pay child support to cover daily expenses as well as the costs associated with medical and dental care and child care. Florida uses forms called the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet and the Income Shares Model to calculate an appropriate amount of support. Under this model, each parent's monthly net income is combined. The Worksheet delineates a minimum amount of child support based on the number of children and the amount of combined net income. Each parent's proportional share of support is calculated by multiplying the minimum child support need by each parent's percentage of combined monthly net income. The court will also consider the established parenting plan and the amount of time each parent spends with the child.

Child support continues until the child reaches the age of 18, joins the military, gets married, is emancipated, or dies. Child support modifications may be made upon a showing of a substantial change in circumstances.

Deviation Factors May Play A Role In Your Child Support Order

In some cases, the court may deviate from the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet calculation of the total minimum child support amount. The court will consider several equitable factors, including:

  • Extraordinary medical or educational expenses
  • A child's independent income not including supplemental security
  • Seasonal variations in either parent's income
  • The age of the child
  • The special needs or disabilities of a child
  • A particular visitation schedule that provides for a greater amount of time with one parent

As with child custody determinations, the primary concern for the court is always the best interests of the child. The court will only deviate from established child support guidelines if it is proven that not doing so would be detrimental to the child.

Clermont and Tavares, FL Child Support Law Firm Provides The Legal Support And Compassion Your Family Deserves

Many personal and emotional changes occur following a divorce. Your child's lifestyle and routine doesn't have to be sacrificed. The Law Office of Michael E. Golub is here to help through each step of the legal process. Your first 30-minute consultation is free, and we offer evening and weekend appointments to fit your schedule. Contact us online or call us at 352-508-6632 today to discuss your case.