Florida Child Support Lawyer
Obtaining a Fair Child Support Order in Broward County and the Greater Miami Area
Every child deserves to be cared for and financially supported by both parents. Regardless of your income, you may be entitled to child support payments from the other parent. At The Law Offices of Jonny Kousa, P.L., our knowledgeable Coconut Creek child support attorney is here to explain your rights and responsibilities, to help you explore your options, and to help you obtain a fair child support order. Whether you're concerned about your right to receive or your obligation to pay child support, we can help.
How Is Child Support Calculated in Florida?
Child support is calculated pursuant to the Florida child support guidelines.
These guidelines take into consideration the following factors:
- The income/earning capacity of each parent
- The existing or proposed custody agreement
- The number of minor children involved
- The cost of daycare and insurance each parent pays for the children
How do I modify my child support obligation
Unfortunately, many parents in Florida are not aware of the circumstances that may warrant a modification in the monthly child support amount they pay or receive. The court will generally modify a child support award if it finds that there has been “a substantial change in circumstances.” This substantial change has to be material, unforeseen, and continuing in nature; meaning that it has to change the child support amount by at least 15% or $50.00, it was not recognized during the earlier court proceedings, and it affects long term net income.
Significant changes in the amount of money you earn and/or the amount of time you spend with your children generally meet the substantial change in circumstances standard. If you earn more money and/or spend less time with your children, your child support payment may increase. On the flip side, if you earn less money and/or spend more time with your children, your child support payment may decrease.
Do You Have to Pay Child Support if You Have 50/50 Custody in Florida?
Yes, just because there is a 50/50 custody ruling does not mean the support obligation is eliminated. Unless both parties waive the support, it will still be owed. “An order for equal time-sharing for a minor child does not preclude the court from entering an order for child support of the child.” § 61.13, Fla. Stat.
Child Support Attorney in Broward County
At The Law Offices of Jonny Kousa, P.L., you will have a child support attorney working closely with you to resolve any issues. We can help if you have any further questions about how to file for child support, obtain a fair child support order, or modify or enforce your child support order.