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At Draper Law Office, we can help you through every aspect of the process of paying or receiving child support. Our child support lawyers can help with the initial determination of support, as well as any modifications of the original order of support. We also can provide you representation at any Department of Revenue or Child Support Enforcement hearings.
Child support is determined by Florida’s Child Support Guidelines in Fla. Stat. 61.30. The child’s right to support cannot be waived, as it is collected for the benefit the child, not the parent. The amount of child support awarded is determined by the Florida Child Support Guidelines, which takes into account the income of both parents, the time sharing schedule, the child’s health care and child care costs, as well as the standard needs of the child, based on the child’s age. It can vary greatly based on all of these factors. Child support should begin as soon as the child is born if the parents do not reside together, and is paid until the child is 18 years old. If the child is still in high school and is expected to graduate before age 19, child support can be extended until high school graduation.
Many times, child support cases go to court because payments are not being made in full, or are not being paid at all. This may be due to a blatant refusal to pay, or because the parent feels their rights as a parent (such as for visitation) are being impaired. Time sharing and receipt of child support are not dependent upon each other. In these situations, the courts get involved to make sure the child is receiving the proper financial support.
To learn more about your legal rights during child support, modification, or recovery cases, contact our child support attorneys today online
or over the phone at 866.767.4711