Child Support Attorneys in Clearwater
Experienced Legal Counsel Serving Clients in Pinellas County & Beyond
If you need assistance with a child support order or are going through a divorce or paternity case and have questions about how much child support your child is entitled to receive, reach out to The Law Offices Of Yeazell And Sweet today. The Pinellas County child support lawyers at our firm will aggressively advocate for our clients with regard to what our clients need and deserve.
Our Pinellas County child support lawyers can assist you with a range of legal issues, including:
- Seeking an order for child support
- Determining how much child support you might be entitled to receive or ordered to pay
- Calculating child support payments for high-income families
- Enforcing a child support order that has not been complied with
- Modifying a current child support order
Calculating Child Support in Florida
Child support is calculated using a formula that takes into consideration the income of both parents, the costs of health insurance, child-care costs, and the number of overnights of time-sharing each party exercises. This formula is referred to as the child support guidelines. Income used in the formula may include wages, salaries, tips, overtime, bonuses, commissions, retirement benefits, social security benefits, spousal support, rental income, worker’s compensation benefits, and other forms of income.
Additional factors taken into consideration with determining how much child support should be paid include:
- The child’s age
- The number of children for which support is to be paid
- Time-sharing arrangement
- Health care and daycare expenses
- Allowable deductions from income
- Seasonal variations in income
- Whether or not circumstances exist for an upward or downward deviation from the child support guidelines
The child support guidelines will provide a clear parameter of the child support amounts that will generally be awarded. While the formula offers a sound guideline, sometimes the court may award more child support if the child has special needs, or if the parties agree to more support to cover other expenses, such as, college tuition or other costs. Having a skilled legal representative from a child support law firm on your side can ensure that the child support amount is fair and reasonable.
Getting a Child Support Order
If you do not have a child support order in place and you were never married to the other parent, you may first need to establish paternity. Paternity can either be established voluntarily, if each parent acknowledges paternity of the child, or the court can order a paternity test. If you are wondering how you can get a child support order, or to ensure that your rights are protected when establishing a child support order in Clearwater, Florida, reach out to our child support law firm, The Law Offices Of Yeazell And Sweet, today. Our firm can assist you with taking the necessary steps in seeking the money needed to support your child, or in ensuring you are paying the correct amount if ordered to pay child support.
Enforcing a Child Support Order
If a parent having a child support obligation refuses to pay child support, whether because he/she quit their job to avoid paying child support, refuses to get a job to avoid paying child support, or any other reason, you do have legal recourse. The court may be able to take steps to garnish wages, collect tax refunds, cancel licenses and other certifications until child support is paid, and/or order other actions to force compliance with the child support order.
Contact our child support lawyers today to learn more about Florida child support laws and your options. If you are struggling to make ends meet because your child’s parent is not paying child support or if you are the paying party and unable to continue paying the court ordered child support, call our Pinellas County child support law firm at (813) 285-5705. We can help you create a fair child support agreement.
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