How is child support determined?

During a divorce or other legal proceeding, such as a paternity action, a Florida court will determine the child support obligation . For the most part, child support is very clear. The amount of child support is based on the Florida Child Support Guidelines. The guidelines take into consideration factors such as the number of minor children, both parents’ incomes, the amount of timesharing each parent has, healthcare and daycare expenses. Sometimes determining the amount of child support can become complicated for a number of reasons. Incomes may be hidden, or one parent may be self-employed, making the income unclear. When income is disputed, a family law attorney at the Morey Law Firm, P.A. will take great care to see that all of the facts come to light. We want results that are fair.

How is child support enforced?

A child support order tells the parents what they must do to support their children. Normally this means one parent is ordered to pay a certain amount of money to the other parent for the benefit of the child(ren). Enforcing a child support order means getting the parent to do what the order says. If you are a Florida resident who is a parent of one or more children and have a child support order, you may have questions about making sure that the order is followed. In many cases child support payments are made accordingly, but sometimes a parent order to pay child support fails to pay for one reason or another. Florida courts are very strict when it comes to enforcing child support orders. Non-payment or delinquency of child support may result in contempt, fines, attorney’s fees, the suspension of driver's license, or time in jail.

If you need assistant with child support enforcement in central Florida, you might consider contacting the Morey Law Firm, P.A. for help in understanding your rights and the different legal options available for collecting the child support you are owed.

Our law offices are centrally located in Orlando, FL, allowing us to provide representation throughout Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Osceola, Lake, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, and Alachua. We are conveniently located just blocks from the Orange County Courthouse at 250 North Orange Avenue, Suite 1220, Orlando, FL 32801.

Please call our office today at (407) 426-7222 to make an appointment with an Orlando family law attorney for a free confidential consultation.