Orlando Child Support Lawyer
It’s important for parents to remember that child support is for the benefit of the child, not the parent, and that financially supporting your child is your right and obligation under the law. Do not hesitate to request child support if you are entitled to it, and do not begrudge support because of the way you feel about your child’s other parent. At Arwani Law Firm, PLLC, we help parents work out fair child support arrangements that are in the best interests of their children and accurately reflect the financial circumstances of the family. Our Orlando child support lawyers will help you understand how Florida courts determine child support, so you are comfortable with the amount of child support you are entitled to receive or required to pay.
How Florida Courts Determine Child Support
In Florida, child support is a legal duty owed by both parents. However, when parents no longer live together, children generally stay part of the time with one parent and part of the time with the other. With some families, this time is equal, but in many cases, children live with one parent most the time. Typically, the parent with whom the children live less of the time will be required to pay child support to the other parent. The amount of child support a parent is required to pay is based on guidelines defined by Florida law. These guidelines are used the first time child support is ordered by a court and every time the child support amount changes. Florida child support guidelines consider:
- The income of both parents
- The child’s health care and child care costs
- The standard needs for the child
The court establishing child support must use these guidelines to determine the amount of child support that will go in a Florida child support order. In special circumstances, however, support amounts can be higher or lower than the guideline amounts. For example, a judge may consider a child’s high medical expenses or disability as a reason to change the support amount. If you are in a special situation and your child requires unique care, it is especially important to seek the advice of an experienced Florida family law attorney to ensure your child support arrangement accurately reflects your child’s needs.
At Arwani Law Firm, PLLC, our Orlando child support lawyers will look out for the best interests of your children and zealously protect your parental rights.
While a strict formula determines child support calculations in Florida, the process is not always simple or automatic. Various nuances exist that may alter the final child support amount. At Arwani Law Firm, PLLC, our Orlando child support lawyers go beyond entering numbers into a calculator by looking at all relevant factors to determine a genuinely fair child support arrangement in every unique situation. For more information about child support in Florida, or to schedule a consultation regarding a child support dispute, please contact our office in Orlando.