Tampa Child Support Attorneys
Helping You Protect Your Children's Financial Future
Child support is a critical issue in any divorce or paternity case. The amount of child support that is ordered can have a significant impact on the financial well-being of both the parent who pays and the parent who receives the support. It is important to have an experienced child support lawyer on your side who can help you understand your rights and obligations.
At Four Rivers Law Firm, we have extensive experience handling child support matters for clients in Tampa and throughout the surrounding areas. We understand the factors that go into determining child support and can help you understand what to expect. We will work diligently to protect your interests at all times.
How Is Child Support Calculated in Florida?
Florida has child support guidelines that are used to determine the amount of child support that is ordered. The guidelines take into account a number of factors, including:
- The income of both parents
- The number of children
- The amount of time the children spend with each parent
- Child care expenses
- Health care expenses
There are many other factors that can come into play when determining child support. For example, if one parent is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed, the court may impute income to that parent. This means that the court will assign an income to that parent based on his or her earning capacity, rather than actual income.
Our Tampa child support attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of the child support guidelines and how they are applied. We can help you understand what to expect and work to ensure that the child support order is fair and reasonable.
Can Child Support Be Modified?
Child support orders can be modified if there has been a substantial change in circumstances. For example, if the parent who pays support loses his or her job, the court may reduce the amount of support that is ordered. If the parent who receives support gets a significant raise, the court may increase the amount of support that is ordered.
Our lawyers can help you seek a modification of child support if there has been a substantial change in circumstances. We can also help you seek enforcement of a child support order if the other parent is not paying as ordered.
How Long Does Child Support Last in Florida?
In Florida, child support is generally ordered until the child turns 18. However, if the child is still in high school when he or she turns 18, support will continue until the child graduates or turns 19, whichever comes first. Child support can also be ordered to continue past the age of 18 if the child has special needs.
How Our Tampa Child Support Lawyers Can Help
Our attorneys will work diligently to help you obtain a child support order that is fair and reasonable. We will take the time to understand your situation and your goals, and then develop a strategy designed to achieve your objectives.
Whether you are seeking child support or are concerned about the amount of support that you may be ordered to pay, we will stand by your side at all times. We will work to protect your interests and help you obtain a child support order that meets your needs.
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