Fort Lauderdale Child Support Lawyer
Regardless of whether parents are married, divorced, or never married, they owe a duty of support to their children. Generally speaking, Florida law stipulates that parents owe a duty of support to their kids until those children reach the age of 18. In some cases, a court will make exceptions based on particular circumstances, but parents should plan to provide child support until their children reach the age of majority. Florida uses a model for calculating child support that is known as the “income shares” model. With the income shares model, both parents are responsible for contributing to the overall child support obligation.
Whether you have questions about the early stages of a child support case or you need assistance modifying an existing child support order, an experienced Fort Lauderdale child support lawyer at our firm can assist you.
Income Shares Child Support Model in Fort Lauderdale
Under the income shares model of child support in Florida, courts calculate a total child support obligation by adding together the incomes of both parents and determining an overall child support obligation. The thinking behind the income shares model is that both parents are responsible for supporting their children, and this model recognizes that both parents should contribute to the economic costs of raising their kids.
Once the court determines the overall child support obligation, it will portion out each parent’s percentage of the total obligation based on factors like the parent’s individual income, the amount of time each parent spends with the child in a time-sharing plan, and other similar issues.
How Much Child Support Should I Expect to Pay or Receive?
Child support obligations in Florida are very streamlined. Once the court determines the total child support obligation based on both parents’ combined incomes, it will match that amount up to a chart based on the parents’ total combined income and number of children, which will show an amount for the child support obligation. Using the guidelines chart, parents can be certain that courts are not basing a child support amount on any subjective factors. To calculate your likely percentage of the overall child support contribution, you should speak with a lawyer about the factors that are likely to be relevant in your case.
Modifying an Existing Fort Lauderdale Child Support Order
Sometimes it is necessary to ask the court to modify an existing child support order. In order for the court to modify the child support order, the parent seeking the modification must be able to show that there has been a “substantial change in circumstances of the parties.” Examples of a substantial change in circumstances may include but are not limited to:
- Parent loses a job or takes a pay cut;
- Parent gets a raise or promotion; or
- Child becomes emancipated.
Contact a Child Support Attorney in Fort Lauderdale
When you need assistance with your child support case, it is extremely important to seek advice from an experienced Fort Lauderdale child support attorney. One of the dedicated lawyers at our firm can speak with you today about seeking child support, enforcing a child support order, or modifying an existing child support order due to a change in circumstances. Contact The Law Offices of Caroline Olson, P.A. for more information about the services we provide to families in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.