Wesley Chapel Child Support Lawyer
As a single parent, child support can be difficult to attain, yet countless studies show that receiving child support helps keep children out of poverty and enables them to become more successful later on in life. As a paying parent, you may be asked to provide more than you can feasibly give. No matter what side of this dispute you are on, our Wesley Chapel child support lawyers at The Law Office of Laurie R. Chane are here to help, both in and of the courtroom, to ensure that you and your child are set up for financial stability following your divorce or separation, or the recent birth of your child or paternity test.
How Frequently is Child Support Paid?
According to the Florida State Disbursement Unit, child support can be set up to be taken out of a bank account or employers can set up payments to go directly from a parent’s paycheck towards child support payments. These automatic payments can be set up weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly. An attorney can help you determine what frequency of child support may be appropriate for your situation.
How Child Custody is Decided by the Court
Florida courts determine child support based on the number of children and the income of each parent. Florida’s Income Shares Model is used to estimate the amount of money the parents would have spent toward their child had they remained together. This figure is then divided between both parents, with each parent’s income taken into account. There are exceptions, however, and this model is not always followed to a T.
Enforcement of Child Support
Well over $100 billion in back-dated child support is owed across the country, predominantly to single mothers. While most child support orders are modest, the majority of non custodial parents fail to pay on time or in full. This brings to light the importance of maximizing the amount of child support that you, the custodial parent, receives on a monthly basis. It also brings to attention the importance of enforcing child support orders through wage garnishment, revocation of driver’s licenses, placing liens on houses, and other methods to force the deadbeat parent into paying what they are legally obligated to pay. Our attorneys can help with enforcement as well as creating the initial child support obligation.
Contact a Wesley Chapel Child Support Lawyer Today
According to CustodyXChange, the average parent’s payment for child support is $544 for Florida, which is below the national average of $721. Cases vary significantly nationally, but they can also vary depending on how much information is provided to the court regarding income and extenuating circumstances. The skilled child support attorneys at The Law Office of Laurie R. Chane can advocate for you in your child support case, either to ensure you are getting enough financial support to take care of your children or to ensure you are not financially ruined by child support that is too high. Contact us at 352-567-0055 to schedule a consultation today.