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Understanding Child Support Laws

If you are a parent of a minor child, you and the child’s other parent have a financial obligation and moral duty to support that child. Child support is a court-ordered obligation for parents to provide financial support for a child’s maintenance, education, and upbringing in a case in which the child’s parents are divorcing or no longer living with the child.

In most arrangements in which one parent has majority custody, the non-majority parent will owe child support to the majority parent. Child support issues may also arise when one parent has a higher income than the other. Nearly every child custody case in Florida will involve one parent paying child support.

Speak with an experienced and knowledgeable Florida child support attorney at The Family Matters Law Firm to discuss how these factors may affect child support in your divorce case.

How Is Child Support Calculated in Florida?

In Florida, the court uses an “Income Shares Model” to determine child support, which estimates the amount of money a parent would have spent on a child’s maintenance and care if both parents lived together.

The court looks at all of the following factors to determine child support:

  • The income levels of the parents
  • The number of minor children shared by the parents
  • The timesharing responsibilities of the parents
  • The costs to provide for the child’s basic needs
  • The child’s healthcare costs over a designated period
  • The cost of any child care provider

The Family Matters Law Firm can help you address questions or issues involving child support in Florida. Contact us today to schedule a strategy session with our experienced child support attorney team.

What Happens When a Parent Willfully Fails to Pay Child Support?

When the court orders a parent to make child support payments, those payments are their legal responsibility. The court may allow a reduction or pause in child support payments for a period of time due to loss of a job, but it is the parent’s responsibility to report the job loss immediately. However, if a parent has the money to pay child support and chooses not to pay it, they can be found in contempt of court.

A parent can receive the following penalties for willfully failing to pay child support:

  • Suspension of driver’s license
  • Fines
  • Income withholding
  • Bank account seizure
  • Income tax refund seizure
  • Jail or prison time

What Should You Do If Your Child’s Other Parent Fails to Make Child Support Payments?

If your child’s other parent is refusing to make court-ordered child support payments, you may be tempted to let the issue slide to avoid conflict. However, your child’s parent may be in contempt of court, which is a serious legal matter. Further, without these support payments, you may not be able to provide the appropriate care for your child.

Reporting the other parent’s missing payments is essential to ensure that you receive child support payments in the future. With the help of an attorney, you can file a motion for civil contempt in court.

Once you file these papers, the attorney will serve the child’s other parent, informing them (through their counsel) that they need to set up payment arrangements or go to a hearing. These documents will also inform them regarding the penalties they may face for failing to follow the court-ordered direction.

Our experienced child support lawyers can help you take action when your child’s parent fails to make child support payments. Contact The Family Matters Law Firm today to schedule a strategy session.

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Why Choose The Family Matters Law Firm ?

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Legal concerns with family can cause intense stress and have far-reaching effects. This can be especially true when children are involved. You also have a lot of financial interests in a family law case, so you must partner with the right attorney. The team at The Family Matters Law Firm is the right choice for these reasons:

  • We understand family. The Family Matters Law Firm offers our clients a family-friendly environment. We understand how delicate legal issues are with spouses, partners, and children.
  • We speak Spanish. Language barriers shouldn’t be a problem when you work with our firm. We speak Spanish and can understand your personal concerns.
  • We have the experience and skills. Family law is not something anyone should take lightly. Our attorneys have been practicing law for more than 20 years. We understand the critical aspects of family law and the essential steps with each case.

Does a Parent Need to Pay Past Due Child Support?

If your child’s parent has willfully missed child support payments, they will need to pay their overdue amount. The court will dictate that they are “in arrears” until they have paid these overdue support payments.

If the parent’s income has fallen since the initial child support order, they can ask the judge for a reduction of child support payments. However, this reduction will only reduce future payments. They will still need to pay overdue payments in full.

 

Why Hire a Child Support Lawyer?

Child support is a serious issue that can impact your child’s quality of life and upbringing. It is important to involve a knowledgeable attorney to ensure child support terms are fair and appropriate for all parties involved.

If you are currently going through a divorce, your attorney can help you seek child support from the other parent. Alternatively, if the court has ordered you to pay child support, your attorney can help you pursue a manageable payment amount.

Navigating child support can be confusing and stressful, but an experienced attorney can ease the process significantly. Contact our child support lawyer team at The Family Matters Law Firm to schedule a strategy session, and we can discuss a plan to approach the issues involving child support in your unique case.

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