If you are in need of assistance with child support, you are not alone. Child support issues between parents are often wrought with high emotions, resulting in unproductive communication and difficulty reaching an
agreement. To avoid this unfortunate result, we encourage you to meet with a reputable Sarasota family lawyer to discuss child support laws and guidelines. From there, your attorney will assist you in petitioning the court for a child support order that not only provides for your child but also respects the incomes of both parents.
Basics of Child Support Law in Florida
Like most other states, the amount of child support you will pay depends on the results of a formulaic equation used by the judge. The equation takes into consideration both party’s monthly incomes and expenses. If either party is paying or receiving child support from another individual, that is taken into consideration as well. In terms of income, the judge will consider wages, tips, rental income, independent contractor payments, unemployment, pensions, disability and Social Security. The amount of child support one parent owes the other is determined based not only on the child’s needs but also the non-custodial parent’s ability to pay.
Sarasota Family Law Attorney Discusses Child Support Modifications
If you already have a child support order in place and are looking to modify, we encourage you to make an appointment to speak with a family law attorney right away. Modifications may be possible upon a showing that one or both parties has experienced a significant change in financial circumstances, positive or negative. A substantial change in circumstances could be due to any of the following situations:
- Significant changes at work: promotion, demotion or termination;
- Placement on disability or unable to work for medical reasons;
- Arrival of subsequent children in need of support; or
- Inability to secure employment.
Contact a Sarasota Family Law Attorney Today
If you are interested in learning more about Florida child support laws, we encourage you to meet with us right away. For more information, please call attorney Liz Alpert at Alpert Law, P.A. at 941.954.1700.