Child Support Attorney in Lake County
Personally Helping You Establish, Modify & Enforce Child Support Orders in Tavares
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, P.A., I strive to develop a mutually beneficial child support arrangement designed with your child’s best interests in mind. As a child support lawyer in Lake County, I help clients at each stage of the process, including after your divorce is final and a support order is in place.
Call me today at (352) 290-2877 so I can get you the right answer for every one of your questions.
How Does Florida Calculate Child Support?
Florida uses a shared custody model. Parents have an obligation to provide a proportional share of support based on their monthly income.
Courts may require either parent to pay child support to cover costs that may include:
- Daily expenses of raising a child
- Medical expenses
- Dental expenses
- Childcare expense
Florida calculates an appropriate amount of child support based on Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines state the court should base child support calculations on the number of children and each parent’s monthly net income. Courts will also consider the established parenting plan and the amount of time each parent spends with the child before reaching a final calculation.
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.
A judge 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 not detrimental to the child.
Child Support Modifications
It is important to note that child support payments are not permanent. Child support continues until the child reaches the age of 18, joins the military, gets married, is emancipated, or dies. In addition to these factors, there is also the possibility of having a child support modification.
Courts may modify child support payments if there is a substantial change in a parent’s financial circumstances. This significant change could be a sudden decrease in either party’s ability to earn an income, whether from losing a job, having a salary cut, or suddenly succumbing to medical issues or emergency hospitalization. In order for the modification to take place Florida Family Law has provided certain standards of eligibility. According to the Child Support Guidelines in Florida, a parent’s ability to pay the previous mandated amount must have changed by at least by $50.00 a month, or a 15% difference, whichever happens to be greater. An experienced Lake County child support lawyer can determine whether you may be eligible for a modification.
An Attorney Who Provides the Legal Support & Compassion Your Family Deserves
Many personal and emotional changes occur following a divorce. Your child’s lifestyle and routine does not have to be sacrificed. The Law Office of Michael E. Golub, P.A., is here to help through each step of the legal process. Your first 15-minute consultation is free, and I offer evening and weekend appointments to fit your schedule.