Jacksonville Child Support Attorney
In Florida, both parents are legally obligated to provide support for their minor child or children. The child support is not for the personal use of the receiving parent and the parents do not have the right to waive child support. The child support is the child(ren)'s money and is to be used for their use only. The purpose of child support is to ensure that the child's basic needs for food, clothing and shelter are met and, additionally, to allow the child to share in the wealth and good fortune of the parent's.
Child support is determined by the Florida Child Support Guidelines. There is a formula that is used to calculate the amount of child support to be paid by both the parents and this formula takes into account the net income of both parents, and certain specified expenses including but not limited to the health insurance premiums being paid for both the parents and the children, and the children's daycare costs, if any. In addition, the formula also takes into consideration the number of overnights the child or children spend with each parent. If the parent with less time has at least 73 overnights each year, then the amount of time-sharing will be included in the calculation of child support and will force an adjustment to the child support obligation. This reduction in child support is based upon the consideration that both parents will need to provide food, clothing and shelter for the child or children while they are in that parent's care.
At the time when child support is initially established, retroactive support may be established for the time period between the date the parents separated and the date that the child support order goes into effect. Or, if the parties separated more than twenty-four months prior to the filing of the action requesting child support, retroactive support may be established for a period starting twenty-four months prior to the date of filing through the date the child support obligation becomes effective.
Jacksonville Child Support Lawyer
What are the Child Support Guidelines?
The main factors in calculating guidelines will be:
- The number of children.
- The net incomes of both parties.
- The daycare expenses expected.
- The cost of health insurance for the minor children.
- Any extraordinary expenses for the minor children.
Using this information, the Court will calculate your guideline child support to be paid or received, depending on your case.
Under what circumstances can I change my child support obligation or time sharing arrangement?
Sometimes, when you go through a family law proceeding, you make an agreement that works at the time but, later, things happen and the agreement doesn’t quite fit,anymore. Attorney Leanne Perez represents people who are seeking to make changes or who contest the proposed changes to these agreements.
Modifications Of Time Sharing:
Parental relocation, child relocation, and a child’s request to live with a different parent are only a few examples of what could trigger the potential for a modification in time sharing agreements.
Modifications Of Child Support:
Changes in job status, reduction in wages, health issues, or significant changes in a child’s financial needs are only a few examples of scenarios that can affect child support payments.