Child Support Lawyers in Tampa, Florida
The Law Offices of Yeazell and Sweet are child support lawyers in Tampa, Florida who will be able to help you if you need assistance seeking child support, need to establish paternity in order to collect child support, need to get a child support order put in place, or have questions about how much money in child support you might be entitled to receive. In order to collect child support in Tampa, a mother may first need to establish paternity. In some cases, this can be done voluntarily by the father, while in other instances, genetic testing and a court case may be required.
Child support amounts are calculated using the Florida Child Support Guidelines. The guidelines take into consideration several factors including the time-sharing arrangement, the parties’ incomes, health insurance costs, and daycare expenses. Both parents are required by law to support their children in order to guarantee their children a reasonable standard of living. While child support amounts are calculated using tables, sometimes couples might want to provide for additional support to cover college education, tutors, and other extracurricular fees. If you have questions about child support, reach out to The Law Offices of Yeazell and Sweet, child support lawyers in Tampa, Florida.
If you are having difficulty getting your former spouse or the parent of your child to pay child support, the law offers you options to collect this support. The Law Offices of Yeazell and Sweet are child support attorneys in Tampa, Florida who will be able to assist you when it comes to collecting child support. Contact our child support attorneys today to learn more.
How Child Support is Calculated in Florida
Child support is calculated using a formula that takes into account the non-custodial parent’s wages, bonuses, tips, unemployment benefits, worker’s compensation benefits, or social security benefits. Royalties, interest payments, and rental income are also counted as income. Once the non-custodial parent’s income has been calculated, this amount is then plugged into a table. The amount of child support owed will depend on how many children the parent has to support, the amount of time-sharing each party is exercising, the incomes of each party, the cost of medical insurance premiums for the parties and the child’s daycare expenses. There are other factors that can also be considered, such as in the case of children with special needs. If the child has additional needs that the guidelines do not account for, the court may order higher child support amounts. Having the assistance of a child support lawyer can make a substantial difference when calculating what child support amounts are fair for both the party paying the child support and the party receiving the child support.
What happens if a parent is underemployed or unemployed because of their own choosing? If this is the case, the parent will likely be ordered to pay child support anyway. If you believe your child’s parent is hiding income, or is choosing to not gain work to avoid paying child support, you may have options when it comes to collecting child support.
If you have questions about child support, collecting child support, or child support amounts, The Law Offices of Yeazell and Sweet are child support attorneys in Tampa, Florida who will be able to help you. We can use Florida tables to calculate the support you may be owed and we can get information from your former partner to estimate these figures. Contact our child support lawyers today.
Getting a Child Support Order
If one parent fails to pay child support, the state of Florida may send late payment notices to the parent who has not paid the amounts required by the child support order. The non-paying parent can also face other financial consequences if he or she fails to pay. For example, his or her driver’s license could be suspended. Business licenses and other licenses could also be suspended until the child support order is paid. Further, income tax refunds may be garnished. Finally, if you are owed child support, the state may be able to take court action to require the parent to pay support. If you think your child’s parent is dodging his or her responsibility to pay child support, consider speaking to The Law Offices of Yeazell and Sweet, child support lawyers in Tampa, Florida today. Our lawyers may be able to assist you with taking the next steps, either to put a child support order in place if one isn’t in place, or help you take the steps required to have a child support order enforced.
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