In Florida, both parents are legally obligated to provide child support for their. The purpose of child support is to ensure the child’s basic needs are met. This includes a child’s food, housing, clothes, and health care. A parent has to pay child support until his/her child finishes high school or turns 18-years-old. Contact our Sarasota Florida child support lawyers for more information about how to obtain child support in Florida. Read on to learn more about Florida child support laws and modifications.
Florida Child Support Laws
Florida’s Child Support Guidelines are used to calculate child support payments. The guidelines provide information regarding the amount of child support the non-custodial parent is obligated to pay based on both parent’s income. When child support is at issue between parents, each parent must file and exchange financial affidavits confirming individual income and expenses. Parents must also complete a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet. The amount of child support paid is based on the net income of both parents minus allowable deductions. Allowable deductions include income tax payments, health insurance premiums, mandatory union dues, social security and retirement payments, and child support ordered payments for children from other relationships.
After the parents determine their net income, they can review the child support chart to find the recommended support amount that corresponds to their combined net income and total number of children. This amount is then shared between the parents in relation to their income and parenting time. If the parenting plan includes substantial time sharing between both parents, the amount of child support paid will be offset. Adjusting child support and parenting time can be complicated. Contact our law office for help.
Florida Child Support Modification Laws
A child support order can be modified if there is a substantial, permanent and unanticipated change in circumstances. This includes a loss of job, the disability of a parent, change in daycare, an increase in health insurance, or a significant increase in a parent’s income. For example, if a parent obtains a higher paying job or if a parenting plan changes, the amount of support may be modified. In order to modify a child support order, there must be a difference between the existing award and the new award in excess of 15% or $50, whichever amount is greater.
Child Support Arrears and Enforcement
If a parent fails to comply with a child support order, the court may hold him/her in contempt of court, suspend his/her driver’s license, or place a lien on his/her property. In addition, the Florida Department of Revenue has additional enforcement mechanisms which include the suspension of an obligor’s passport, and the seizure of his/her bank account. Child support arrears can also be ordered in which interest accrues. There is no statute of limitations on the enforcement of child support arrears.
Contact our Sarasota child support attorneys for more information on how to obtain, modify, or enforce a child support order. Our Sarasota Florida child support lawyers can review your case and provide you with legal guidance in obtaining child support.
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