According to a 2017 Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support report produced by the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately half (49.4 percent) of all custodial parents had either legal or informal child support agreements in place. During a divorce or legal separation, child support arrangements are typically established by the spouses to ensure that their children are adequately cared for. Even though most parents are keen to contribute a reasonable amount of financial support, many parents are equally concerned about the crippling effect that exorbitant child support payments can have on their finances.
If you or someone you know is trying to establish a child support arrangement or modify an existing child support arrangement, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced Florida family law attorney. At Fournier Law, our attorneys are committed to providing experienced legal counsel and compassionate representation for individuals and families dealing with child support cases. Whether you need to establish a support arrangement or modify an existing child support arrangement, our attorneys will offer you the knowledgeable guidance and advocacy you need. Our team will fight passionately to protect the rights of both you and your child as we seek an amicable conclusion for everyone involved.
Fournier Law is also proud to serve clients across Tallahassee, Florida, Big Bend, and the surrounding counties.
Family law matters involving children, such as; custody, child support, and timesharing of the children can be emotional and complicated. It is the duty of Florida courts to diligently protect the child's welfare and best interest when rendering decisions as to parenting plans establishing or modifying the timesharing schedule and parental responsibility of the parents. The parents, however, can work together to agree on a parenting plan (custody arrangement) that is mutually acceptable to them, and present the plan to the Florida court for approval. This option provides both parents with more control over the final outcome, it is the quickest, most cost-effective, and less difficult method.
Florida’s Child Support Guidelines are used to calculate child support payments (Florida Statutes, Title VI, Chapter 61.30). The steps that these guidelines outline are as follows:
A parent requesting a child support modification must show that there has been a "substantial unanticipated change in circumstances" since the last order was entered. Additionally, the parent requesting the modification will need to show that this adjustment will be in the best interest of the child. Some reasons to seek child support modifications include:
According to Florida Statutes, Title VI, Chapter 61.13, all child support awards entered terminate upon the child's 18th birthday unless the child is in his/her senior year of school with the expectation of graduation before the child's 19th birthday, when the child otherwise emancipates before his/her 18th birthday, or the court's have determined the child is "dependent" and awarded child support beyond 18 years of age due to a physical or mental incapacity.
Child support arrangements in Florida often involve a lot of legal complexities. If you are a parent trying to establish a child support arrangement or believe that your circumstances have changed and are seeking a modification, it is critical that you reach out to a knowledgeable Florida family law attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights as a parent are protected.
With more than 60 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys at Fournier Law are dedicated to offering outstanding legal counsel and representation on matters related to divorce and child support. Our legal team will review the unique details of your situation, fight to protect your parental rights, and help you decide the best course of action to ensure your children are taken care of. We will provide you with detailed guidance and support at every step and work hard to help you seek the best possible outcome for your case. Don’t face these challenges on your own. Put our knowledge and experience on your side today!