Child Support: Balancing What’s Best For You And Your Children
Aside from providing love and regular attention after a divorce or paternity
case, parents have no higher obligation than to provide financially for
their children. Child support is more important than any other debt or
financial obligation, but most people do not know what level of support
will be required.
A court will determine the amount, and at Anne E. Raduns, P.A., we can
help ensure that the determination is fair under the law. With offices
in Ocala, we represent divorcing men and women throughout North Central Florida.
To set up a consultation with an
experienced family law attorney, call us at
How Child Support Is Determined In Florida
Child support is the most predictable issue of a divorce or
paternity case. The amount of child support the non-residential parent pays is determined after
property division and
alimony (if any) are decided. Florida child support is based on a ratio of the
combined incomes of the parents – the more you both make, the more
you both pay.
Another factor that influences the child support amount is the parenting
plan and time-sharing plan.
If the non-primary parent has at least 20% of the overnights (at least
120 overnights a year), child support is calculated at a lower ratio. Conversely, if the primary parent has over 245 overnights, then child
support is calculated at a higher ratio.
How A Florida Child Support Lawyer Can Help
Child support is calculated using the Florida Child Support Guidelines.
We can explain the guidelines to you and determine if the court may deviate
from the guidelines. In addition, we can represent you in seeking a
modification of your child support payments when there has been a significant change
Attorney Anne E. Raduns can help you make sure that child support is fairly
calculated. The paying parent may be self-employed or own a business and
not be reporting all income. Our firm uses all means necessary, including
subpoena of bank records, to verify actual income. If the non-residential
parent is intentionally unemployed or underemployed to avoid child support
obligations, the court can impute income and increase support accordingly,
thereby forcing the parent to get a job. If your financial circumstances
have changed, either party can request a child support modification hearing.
If the other parent is not paying the court-ordered support, we can assist
you in contempt or enforcement actions.
To contact us for an initial consultation, call us at our Ocala office at
352-310-8235. Anne E. Raduns, P.A., provides strong, effective representation for clients
throughout Central Florida.