Winter Garden Child Support Lawyers
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Child support is a right that belongs to the child, and it cannot be waived by the parents. Florida child support is controlled by statute.
Parents have a duty to support their children and that support cannot be waived. During a divorce proceeding, the court may order either or
both parents who owe a duty of support to a child, to make support payments in line with the child support guidelines.
The guidelines schedule is based on the parents’ combined net incomes and is allocated to the child as if the parents and children were
still living together as an intact family. Parents should be able to reach a fair settlement for their children without the need for
litigation. Ultimately, the trial court has the discretion to determine the amount of child support. The court should consider both the
needs of the children and the overall financial circumstances of the parties. Generally, the support guidelines has the following
1 Child = 22% of the paying spouse’s net income
2 Children = 32% of the paying spouse’s net income
3 Children = 41% of the paying spouse’s net income
Every order for child support must contain a provision for health insurance for the minor child, and the health insurance must be reasonable
in cost and accessible to the child. For those parents who do not have health benefits, they can apply for affordable health care benefits
through Healthy Kids and KidCare.
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Circumstances change after a divorce, such as the parents’ incomes and a child’s needs. When life circumstances change, you can ask the
court to modify a support obligation. In addition, Florida law changes regularly and you may be entitled to lessen a support obligation.
For example, Florida law used to lower the child support obligation for a parent who was allocated more than 40% of the visitation
overnights with a child. Our legislature lowered that 40% to 20%. That means that a parent who has more than 73 overnights with a child has
what is called “substantial time sharing” and is entitled to pay a lower support obligation. Be aware that child custody laws in Florida have eliminated the terms “custody” and “visitation” and have replaced those terms with “parenting” and “time-sharing.”
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Orlando Custody Attorneys A.J. & Kiki Grossman will handle your case personally. We will not hand your case off to a paralegal or an associate. When you call our office, you will speak to one of us and will continue to work with us throughout your case. We will handle cases in Orange County, Lake County, Osceola County, and Seminole County, including the cities of Apopka, Ocoee, Oakland, Winter Park, Windermere, Clermont, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Kissimmee, Sanford, Maitland, Tavares, Lakeland, Leesburg, Winter Garden, St. Cloud, Winter Haven and other Central Florida communities