Child support is payment by one spouse to the other spouse for the benefit and support of the child(ren) following a divorce. It can also be ordered by the Court for the benefit and support of the child(ren) of unmarried parents. Once ordered, parents may not refuse child support. Child support payments provide stable and dependable financial resources, usually until each child is 18 years of age.
Even though child support is usually paid to the parent that is given majority time sharing of the child(ren), Florida law requires that both parents provide financial support for their child(ren). The Florida Legislature has developed child support guidelines based primarily on each spouse’s net income. The court may also take other factors into account, including but not limited to the following:
- The number of shared children
- How much time each parent spends with the child(ren)
- How many overnight stays the child(ren) have with each parent
- The financial needs of the child(ren) including but not limited to childcare expenses, medical/dental insurance costs, and uninsured medical payments
Florida requires that the parent requesting child support complete the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet. The attorneys at Parker & DuFresne, P.A. will expertly guide you through the process.
Each party’s financial disclosures are important tools in determining child support. Often a contested issue, the determination of incomes may require the use of private investigators and/or accountants. Parker & DuFresne, P.A. attorneys are prepared to work with any resources to identify and establish the full value of each party’s income.
There are many other child support issues that can become contentious and complicated. Your Parker & DuFresne, P.A. attorneys will represent you during child support proceedings when
- You do not receive enough child support;
- The other parent is hiding income;
- The other parent is unemployed or underemployed in an effort to avoid paying child support;
- The other parent fails to provide agreed upon benefits;
- Retroactive child support is needed;
- Paternity needs to be established;
- Substantial changes in circumstances require child support modifications;
- You are fighting a potential child support obligation;
- The other parent incorrectly claims that child support has been paid in full; or
- The Florida Child Support Guidelines are not appropriate for your situation.
Parker & DuFresne, P.A. serves clients in Duval, St. Johns, Clay, and Nassau counties. If you are dealing with child support issues, it is imperative that you be pro-active in seeking the legal advice and representation of an experienced Parker & DuFresne, P.A. attorney as soon as possible. Waiting to do so could negatively impact your ability to achieve a positive resolution to the matter. Protect your legal rights by contacting Parker & DuFresne, P. A. at 904.733.7766 or at http://www.jaxlawcenter.com to schedule a free and confidential consultation. At Parker & DuFresne, P.A., our skilled family law attorneys are ready to represent and protect your interests during child support proceedings.