September 23, 2011
Our Firm is here to assist parents with understanding what to expect during a child support dispute. We help our clients with child support and timesharing and strive to reach a result that is fair to both you and your children.
Florida Statute Section 61.30 provides the guidelines for determining the amount of support is need to adequately care for a minor child’s well being. Using the Statute, the courts consider, on a case-by-case basis, things like the needs of your child or children, their ages, the amount of time they spend with either parent and the ability of each parent to financially contribute. Thus, both parents are responsible for the care and support of their children, and both may be entitled to credit for the time they spend with their children if they timeshare more than a certain amount of overnights. It is a complicated statute, but in the end a mathematical formula will help guide the court in determining the amount of your responsibility.
There are many details of the Florida law that may serve as a pitfall for the inexperienced. This is why you need the help of a Boca Raton family law attorney to help decipher child support. For example, you probably know your finances include your month-to-month salary, but may not know that benefits you receive from disability, unemployment, workers’ compensation and social security may also be considered as income. On the other hand, you may also owe less support depending on your tax situation, other child support obligations, or money spent on work-related child care. Further, in many situations the court may award retroactive payments. When the time comes to translate all of this into a dollar amount, our Boca Raton family law attorney Matthew D. Martin is here to ensure that you and your child’s best interests are served.
Child support obligations may be adjusted or modified to reflect things like landing a higher paying job or having additional children. Matthew D. Martin, Esquire can help you with all aspects of your case. He can also assist with modifying an existing child support or timesharing order, depending on your particular circumstances. Whatever stage in a child support proceeding you are in, our law office is here to zealously advocate for you and get you to a resolution as quickly as possible. Contact us for a free consultation at (888) 984-6487. You don’t have to face it alone.