Whether parents are divorced or unmarried, both parents are responsible for supporting the child, either through physical custody or financial support. In Florida, child support is based on a formula that incorporates the income of both parents, the amount of parental time-sharing enjoyed by each parent and other factors. Of course, a formula is only as good as the information that is entered into it. At the law firm of Brodie & Friedman, P.A., in Boca Raton, Florida, our goal is to ensure the proper amount of support is awarded by getting all of the facts on the table.
While Florida’s prior laws required a parent to have at least 40 percent of overnights before child support obligations would be reduced, changes to the law now allow for a reduction for parents who have at least 20 percent of overnights with the child.
Changes in Florida Laws And Guidelines
The way in which Florida calculates child support changed in 2010. Under the new laws, courts are better able to tailor an order to the situation at hand. Under Florida’s guidelines, the income of both parents, the specific amount of overnights with the child each parent has, and other financial factors are taken into consideration.
Modification and Enforcement
The amount of child support is modifiable. After a divorce, we can assist with post-judgment modifications to increase or decrease payments. These changes can be made in situations involving salary changes, changes to the needs of the child, such as medical bills, and other substantial changes.
Changes to laws in 2010 eliminated the requirement for parents to return to court once a child is emancipated to terminate child support obligations. Rather, specific termination dates are now outlined in the original order.
If child support is not being paid, our family law attorneys can petition the court to enforce the support orders. We will stand up for your rights. We have over 30 years of combined experience helping people get the results they need.