Child Support in Florida: What You Need to Know Now
Though child support orders and enforcement have been less than effective in the past, Florida laws have finally helped structure and regulate more consistent child support provisions. In terms of parental rights and child support, our legal system has evolved from gender stereotypes in regards to parental roles. Family courts recognize that both parents need to be active financial supporters of their children. If you are facing child support issues, here are some facts you need to know safeguard both your child’s and your own financial future:
When considering child support, the court looks at many factors, including income, the custody and visitation arrangements, health insurance and medical expenses, education costs, childcare, and a variety of other factors. Just because one spouse makes more money does not mean they will have an unfair burden. Family courts take many factors into account when structuring a child support order.
Florida law promotes the principle that both parents should equitably support their child. However, equitable does not necessarily mean equal. Child support determinations factor in both parents’ income, debts, earning potential, benefits, and more. If you are wondering how child support will affect your financial outlook, an experienced attorney can explain your options as well as the impact child support determinations will have on your future.
Now more than ever, child support is strictly enforced. Failure to pay may result in fines, a loss of your license, or even jail time. If your spouse is failing to pay, an attorney can help you petition the court for relief. If you have fallen behind on your own child support payments, an attorney may be able to help negotiate a settlement.
Child support can be adjusted. If your income or circumstances have changed, you need to consult an attorney as soon as possible. He or she may be able get your child support order modified so that it reflects your current circumstances.
Our affordable family law attorneys believe that, while all parents are responsible for supporting their children, child support decisions need to be individually tailored so that they remain fair to each person’s circumstances. We want to be your partner and advocate during your child support case, and fight to make sure your voice is heard. Contact our office today for more information about how we can help you.