Orlando Child Support Attorney
Resolving Child Support Issues for Orlando Families
Child support is one of the more hotly contested aspects of family law because there is so much at stake on both sides: the custodial parent and child depend greatly on the financial aid of child support, while the non custodial parent must be able to pay their own bills without falling behind on rent, the mortgage, or other debts. Balancing these differing sides can be complicated, and emotions sometimes take over, contact our Orlando child support attorneys today.
The Importance of Non Custodial Parents to Pay Child Support in Full and on Time
Child support is not only important for the custodial parent to keep up with the bills and be able to put food on the table, but it is important for the continuing parental bond between the child and the non custodial parent. In fact, research, such as a study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, has shown that when non custodial parents pay child support, they report having a better relationship with their child and higher quality visitation than non custodial parents who are not current on their child support payments. Non custodial parents who pay child support in full and on time have better relationships with their child as well as the custodial parent, both of which have positive impacts on the child’s developmental, emotional, and physical growth and well-being.
Calculating Orlando Child Support
Florida courts may calculate child support based on some of or all of the following criteria according to Florida statute 61.30:
- The income of both parents;
- The health care costs of the child;
- Educational costs of the child;
- The child care costs;
- Age of the child;
- Special needs of the child;
- Seasonal variations of a parent’s income;
- Percentage of time child spends the night at each parent’s house; and
- The number of children the couple has together.
The court may make exceptions to the regular calculations if the income of the non custodial parent is below the federal poverty level, or if the combined income of the parents is greater than $10,000 per month.
Modifying a Child Support Order
No child support order is set in stone. It is expected that the needs of the child change as the years go on, as well as the income levels of each parent. Valid reasons for modifying a child support order include a prolonged and continued change, such as:
- Loss of a job/income;
- Increase in income;
- Child care, health care, or other expenses increase; or
- A parent gets remarried.
An Orlando Child Support Attorney is Standing By
An experienced Orlando child support attorney will not only help diffuse the tension during a child support dispute, but will ensure that your wishes and best interests are fairly represented and that your rights are upheld throughout the decision making process. If you and the other party cannot come to a decision on your own or through mediation, the matter will be decided in court, where an attorney is a crucial part of obtaining your goals. We strongly suggest you call or email Sperling Ducker PLC today.