Child Support Attorneys in Tampa
Helping Clients Create Solid Payment Plans
Florida parents who are going through a divorce, separation, or never shared a residence are legally obligated to create a child support agreement that allows them to fairly share the financial responsibilities of caring for a child. If the parties involved have a hard time agreeing on the sum of money both parties should be providing for their children, they should seek the help of a Tampa child support lawyer.
Contact our office at (813) 773-8233 to learn how we can help you create a child support arrangement.
Florida Child Support Guidelines
The purpose of the child support program is to help children get financial support from both parents. The amount of child support in Florida is determined by statute and is primarily based on the parents’ income and the number of children.
However, the statutes also recognize certain other factors that may influence the amount of child support payment, including:
- The cost of childcare
- The cost of health insurance
- Non-covered medical expenses like co-pays and prescriptions
- How much time the child spends with each parent
- The child’s standard of living
While the child support guidelines enable a court to determine the amount based on a mathematical graph, the courts are also allowed take each case’s unique circumstances into account within 5% of the calculation table. For example, if the table stated that either party should pay the other $200 a month, the court could order that party to pay between $190 and $210.
Enforcement of Child Support
Sometimes, even when a payment amount is ordered by the court, the party required to pay may miss payments or stop paying completely. If this is a regular occurrence, there are legal steps you can take to ensure you receive what is owed. This is known as enforcing the order and you should never attempt this action without the help of a Tampa child support lawyer.
When the court grants an enforcement action, they can:
- Order the delinquent party to pay all back payments
- Garnish wages
- Place the delinquent party in jail until they agree to pay
Modifications to Child Support
If the paying parent can’t pay support due to a significant change in circumstances, they can request a modification.
A significant change in circumstance could be:
- A substantial increase or decrease in income
- A change in primary custody
- A significant change in timesharing
- Either parent becomes incarcerated
If you are looking to modify a child support agreement, you should always consult an experienced attorney before beginning this legal action. An attorney can help you determine if the modification is possible and create a strategy for your case.
Here to Help You Establish a Support Arrangement
At Devolder Law Firm, our team is dedicated to providing knowledgeable and effective legal guidance to our clients. We base our legal solutions around our clients’ unique needs and circumstances with only their best interests in mind, and we excel when it comes to creating forward-thinking settlement agreements and parenting plans that minimize the need for later modifications.
Our firm acknowledges clients concerns about paying for an attorney. We keep hourly fees reasonable for the average suburban family.
Our firm is conveniently located in a suburban first-floor office building with easy-access parking, less than 5 minutes from i-75.
Our clients always come first. We take the time to get to know you and understand your case. We're always available when you need us most.
We consider both legal and practical solutions that will help you achieve your goals.
Our goal was to create a law firm that you can relate to, one that is convenient to your home and easy to communicate with.
We understand you need answers - we prioritize your needs and keep you up to date with your case every step of the way.