If you are divorcing with children, then it is likely you will need a child support plan. In Florida, there are certain guidelines by which a court follows to calculate child support. Although it may seem that figuring out what amount of child support is owed by a party is fairly simple, it can, in fact, be very complicated. Calculating the income of one spouse can take time because, under Florida law, a person’s income includes not only salary, wages, overtime payment, and commissions, but also things like employment bonuses, social security benefits, disability benefits and more. In addition, some couples also must go through the process of establishing paternity before child support can be ordered.
Experienced Child Support Lawyers of Hollywood, Florida
When determining child support, a trial court is required to make findings of fact regarding the incomes of each party. This process can be drawn out and confusing as there are many steps that must be completed.
- Financial affidavits must be filed.
- A child support determination is within the sound discretion of the trial court subject to the statutory guidelines.
- The court can impute income for child support purposes. The determination must be supported by complete substantial evidence.
- A support award must differentiate between child support and alimony even on a temporary basis.
If you are going through a divorce, don’t assume that the court will accurately calculate your income for child support purposes. Courts make mistakes, and your spouse’s divorce lawyer can make mistakes, too. Theodore H. Enfield is an experienced divorce attorney who has handled child support cases for more than 35 years. He understands the many forms of income that can apply to you when you are charged with providing child support, and he also knows what types of income should be included if your spouse is charged with providing child support. A child support attorney like Theodore Enfield can help ensure that your child support plan is accurate and accounts for the future of your children.
Many child support attorneys for fathers charge exorbitant fees, but at the Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, you can rest assured that you can obtain qualified representation without high child support attorney fees. Our child support law firm is focused on doing what’s best for our clients and their children.
Child Support Modification
Sometimes, a previously decided-upon child support or alimony plan needs to be modified, for whatever reason. Factors such as income, living situation or other circumstances may have changed. Before you go to court for child support modification or modification of an alimony agreement, contact a qualified family law attorney who can represent your best interests.