Child support payments are monetary payments given from one parent to another for the purpose of raising a child. Child support money is supposed to cover basic necessities. Often the question of child support payments comes up as part of a divorce when children are involved. The courts have very strict guidelines about which parent will receive child support, how much that support will be, and what actions the other parent can take to reduce their amount of child support.
At the Aventura Law Offices of S.G. Morrow & Associates, we have extensive experience representing parents on either side of a child support dispute. Whether you were married to the other parent of your children and are now dealing with child support as part of a divorce or were never married and seeking support for your child, we can help.
Stephanie Morrow has been a practicing Aventura divorce attorney for over 20 years, and has handled numerous child support cases. She has a thorough understanding of the Florida child support guidelines and can help you understand how they may be applied in your case.
The Florida child support laws use a formula to calculate child support rather than the judgment of the court system. The parts of your life that the formula uses includes, but is not limited to:
Despite the use of a formula, there are ways to argue for more support or to argue why you should pay less support. Attorney Morrow knows what to ask in court and knows what strategies will have the best chance in your unique situation.
Sometimes a previously determined amount of child support needs to be modified. If a drastic change in circumstances has resulted in the inability or an increase in the ability of a parent to continue paying child support, a modification to the order can be sought.
One common change in circumstances is the loss or gain of employment, which can result in the decrease or increase in child support payments. If you wish to change the amount of support you give or receive, you will need to appear before the court and state your reasons. Let us be your representative in this matter so we can ensure a smooth modification to the original court order.
Once a child support order has been established through the courts, it becomes legally enforceable. If the parent who is responsible for child support is not paying, they are facing a range of consequences if they do not make arrangements to pay as they are supposed to.
We can assist parents in seeking the enforcement of their child support order or those attempting a modification in order to prevent the enforcement of an unreasonable order.
Child support needs to be paid in order to maintain the well-being of the child while maintaining civility between the parental parties. Contact our child support law firm today to discuss your case and options during a confidential consultation. If you need a child support attorney in Boca Raton or anywhere else in South Florida, call us at 754-300-5900 or toll free at 888-757-0901.