Child support is a critical component of any divorce or separation involving minor children. It’s designed to ensure that both parents share the financial responsibility of raising their children, and it’s a legal obligation that must be taken seriously. However, many parents are unfamiliar with how child support is calculated, how it’s enforced, and what happens when one parent fails to pay.
In this blog post, we’ll provide a comprehensive overview of child support, including how it’s calculated, how it’s enforced, and the consequences of non-payment. Whether you are a custodial parent seeking to enforce a child support order, or a parent who has fallen behind on payments, understanding the basics of child support can help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights.
At Ross & Andreassi, we understand the importance of child support and the impact it can have on your family. Our experienced family law attorneys will help you every step of the way, from calculating child support to enforcing court orders and pursuing legal remedies for non-payment. We’re committed to protecting the best interests of your children and helping you achieve the best possible outcome in your child support case.
In the state of Florida, child support is calculated using a formula established by statute. The formula takes into account several factors, including the income of both parents, the number of children involved, number of overnights, and any special needs of the children.
To begin the calculation, both parents’ net income is determined, which is the gross income of the party minus the statutory allowed deductions. The net income is then used to determine the basic monthly child support obligation, which is based on several factors as mentioned above.
Once the basic obligation is determined, the court may adjust the amount based on certain factors, and the court can adjust the amount without explanation to a certain degree. However, the court can adjust the amount to any amount the court considers equitable, but must state why the court is establishing the child support that is different than the guidelines.
It’s important to note that child support calculations are not set in stone and can be modified. If there’s a significant change in circumstances, or if the children’s needs change, the child support amount may be modified.
At Ross & Andreassi, we understand the nuances of child support calculations in Florida and can help you navigate the legal system to ensure that your child support order is properly calculated. Whether you’re seeking to establish a child support obligation or modify an existing obligation, our experienced family law attorneys can provide the guidance and representation you need.
Child support is a legal obligation that must be taken seriously, and in Florida, there are several methods for enforcing child support orders.
A parent can file a motion for contempt and enforcement if the obligated parent is not complying with the child support order. The parent seeking to enforce the order can request an income withholding order, or an income deduction order to attempt to prevent future non-compliance.
At Ross & Andreassi, we understand the importance of enforcing child support orders, and we’re committed to helping our clients receive the support they’re entitled to. Our experienced family law attorneys can assist you with all aspects of child support enforcement, from filing motions for contempt to working with the DOR to locate non-compliant parents.
In Florida, failing to pay child support can have serious consequences, and failure to pay can result in both civil and criminal penalties.
If you’re struggling to pay child support, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Working with an experienced family law attorney can help you consider any options available, and help you avoid the serious consequences of non-payment.
Understanding child support calculation, enforcement, and consequences of non-payment is crucial for both parents involved in a divorce or paternity action. Whether you are the parent seeking to enforce or establish the support obligation or the parent who is struggling to make payments, it’s important to know your rights and options.
At Ross & Andreassi, we have years of experience helping families navigate the complex world of child support. Our team of knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys can help you understand the legal process, protect your rights, and ensure that your child’s best interests are always the top priority.
If you are facing child support issues, whether seeking to establish child support, enforce an existing order, or modify a child support obligation, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards resolving your child support matter.