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Child Support in Pembroke Pines

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Florida law takes child support seriously. Florida has determined that child support is a right of the child and not the parents. This prevents parents from manipulating the other in order to achieve a lower or greater child support payment. The amount is regulated by a statutory formula. There are a number of methods by which the state can enforce a parent’s child support payment to a parent, although each state can administer those methods differently. Until a child reaches the age of majority (18 in most states), parents are required to support them financially. If you are involved in a child support dispute, retain the services of an experienced Pembroke Pines family attorney to help you protect your family’s interests.

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Florida Child Support Laws

Until a child reaches the age of majority or is emancipated beforehand, parents much provide financial support. With divorced couples, the parent who does not live with the child is usually required to pay child support so long as the statutory factors are met.

Child support payments can be calculated using several factors:

  • The income of the Mother
  • The income of the Father
  • The cost of healthcare and who pays for it
  • The cost of childcare and who pays for it
  • The number of overnights the child spends with each parent
  • Whether child support is being paid for children from another relationship

There are additional factors, however the above are the main factors. Special circumstances may all for deviation from the child support formula.

Florida has specific statutory rules used to determine what is income for child support calculation purposes.

Enforcement of Child Support

Once child support is awarded, the payment is usually required to be made through the Support Enforcement Unit. The court issues an income withholding order which causes the employer to remove the court ordered child support amount directly from the employee’s paycheck. This payment is sent by the employer directly to the Support Enforcement Unit for tracking and disbursement to the receiving parent. This prevents the paying parent from manipulating the receiving parent by late or missing payments. It is possible, for good cause, to have the court order the payment directly to the recipient without an income withholding order. Failure to pay can result in suspension of professional, business, recreational, and driver’s licenses. Some cases could even result in a jail sentence.

Modifying Child Support Payments

There are cases where support amounts can be modified. The modification usually requires an involuntary, permanent and substantial change in circumstances as well as be in the best interest of the child. Some examples may include a decrease in income due to a lost job or reduction in income. Having the help of an experienced Pembroke Pines family law attorney can help you understand the nuances of Florida law in these instances.

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Acting on Your Own

It is important to understand that a court order is binding. Parents are not legally allowed to make any changes to child support amounts determined by a judge without a court order. Any changes must occur in court, and any deviation from this mandate could result in contempt of court charges or other penalties. No matter what the circumstances, all modifications must take place in court. Get the help of an experienced attorney to help.

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