Boca Raton Child Support Lawyer
Whether parents are in the process of getting divorced or were never married, the state of Florida recognizes that both parents have an obligation to provide financial support for their children. Florida uses what is known as an “income shares” model for child support, which means that both parents contribute financially to the overall child support obligation. In situations where a parent has not paid child support, Florida law recognizes that some situations warrant retroactive child support. If a parent was ordered to pay child support and did not do so, enforcement options may be available. Yet we also want to emphasize that an inability to make your child support payment may allow you to modify the obligation.
We routinely assist parents with a wide range of child support issues in Florida, and a Boca Raton child support lawyer at our firm can discuss your situation with you today.
Florida’s Income Shares Model for Child Support
A majority of states, including Florida, now use the “income shares” model to calculate child support. This model requires the court to combine both parents’ incomes, and to use that total income to calculate the child support obligation based on the guidelines chart. The guidelines provide an objective monthly amount of child support based on the total monthly income and number of children.
For example, if the parents’ combined monthly income is $2,000, then the child support obligation for one child is $442, for two children $686, and so forth. If the parent’s combined monthly income is $5,950, the monthly child support obligation for one child is $1,116, for two children $1,729, for three children $2,165, and so on. The guidelines start at a combined monthly income of $800 and provide objective child support obligations for increasing combined monthly incomes in $50 increments (e.g., $800 combined monthly income, $850 combined monthly income, $900 combined monthly income) up to $10,000.
Once the child support obligation is determined based on the guidelines chart, each parent’s portion of that obligation gets determined based on their individual incomes and other factors such as number of overnights with the children.
Modifying Boca Raton Child Support
If one of the parents needs to modify his or her child support obligation, that parent will need to prove that there has been a substantial change in circumstances that necessitates a modification. Examples of substantial changes in circumstances might include a job loss, or a change in job. Either parent can request a modification—the parent who has experienced the change in circumstances or the other parent.
Seek Advice from a Boca Raton Child Support Attorney
Whether you need assistance seeking child support, enforcing a child support order, or modifying an existing child support order, our firm can help. One of our experienced Boca Raton child support lawyers can speak with you today about your case and your options. Contact The Law Offices of Caroline Olson, P.A. for more information about how we can assist you.