Call 407.340.9380 to speak with Attorney William C. Hancock about your legal rights and options involving Child Support, Divorce, and Family Law issues.
When parents of minor children no longer reside with one another due to a divorce, separation, or are no longer in a relationship, the non-residential parent of the minor children still has a moral and lawful responsibility to provide financial support for the upbringing of his or her minor children under the age of 18, or the age of 21 if the child is full time student.
Child support is a payment that is strictly for the financial well being and support of the children only... not as a payment for the financial benefit of the other parent. This means that child support is awarded for the children, and must be used for the child, or children's needs.
While these needs are commonly thought to be for bare necessities only such as food and clothing, child custody may actually cover a broad range of needs for the child such as school fees, entertainment, medical expenses, and extracurricular activities, among other things.
Having said that, there are specific guidelines that the court will consider in determining the amount of child support to be paid.
Generally, when determining the amount of child support to be paid Florida Courts will take into consideration:
Failure to pay court ordered child support may result in wage garnishments, or even criminal charges. It is important for you to know that in the State of Florida, if an unforeseeable change in either parent's financial situation occurs, either parent may petition the court for a hearing to modify the child support court order. It is much better for all involved to seek a child support modification than to have the alternatives and potential negative consequences to occur.
Contact Orlando and Central Florida Child Support Lawyer, William C. Hancock.