If you are involved in a family law matter and have children, or if you are a party to Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement case, you will likely be facing an order of child support. Whether you are in the position of paying or receiving court-ordered payments on behalf of your children, you need to be well-informed as to how the child support laws work in Florida.
Florida Statutes have established guidelines for calculating and determining child support. These Guidelines take into consideration the income of each party, the number of children, the number of overnights the children spend with each parent, health insurance payments, childcare payments, and other relevant data. Although that seems straight forward, there are numerous other short-term and long-term financial factors involved in financially supporting children that should also be taken into consideration. To ensure that your child support calculations are accurate for each child’s situation, reach out to the Wesley Chapel child support attorneys from Glenn & Phanco, P.A. We have the resources and expertise to ensure that the right income and deductions are included in the support calculations. As your attorneys, we will also point out any other financial needs of the child that should be considered, and if appropriate, diligently negotiate that those requirements be addressed.
Sometimes it’s fairly easy to determine the income of each parent, especially if both parents have a salaried income or work a fixed amount of hours each week with a set hourly rate. Even then, each support case should be looked at with great attention to detail. Other sources of parental income may be taken into consideration including commissions, pensions, trusts, annuities, social security benefits, and payments that one of the parents might receive on a regular basis. Complexities in calculating a parent’s income arise if he or she earns bonuses or is self-employed. If a parent is unemployed, or considered to be underemployed, the Court may “impute” or “assign” an income rate to ensure that neither parent neglects his or her duty to the children by trying to avoid financial responsibility.
Not knowing the full extent of the other parent’s income is another reason why having Wesley Chapel child support lawyers is so critical. To look out for your best interests, and those of the children involved, it may be necessary to ask for additional discovery to calculate both parents’ incomes correctly. Glenn & Phanco, P.A will guide you through this important process.
In addition to determining income, it may also necessary to calculate other expenses related to the children. Those expenses include health insurance, daycare, educational expenses, special circumstance needs, and other extraordinary expenses of the child. Florida Child Support Guidelines will also use the number of overnights each parent has with the children and how many children are part of the relationship when determining appropriate child support. Under certain circumstances, travel expenses may be part of the calculation as well.
You Deserve the Best Representation
Since there are so many different factors that can be taken into consideration to calculate and determine child support, it is very important to seek the advice of a child support attorney in Wesley Chapel, FL. Glenn & Phanco, P.A is a prominent family law firm in Florida, and we will assist you in this process, helping you to achieve the best possible results for you and for your children. Call us today for your confidential consultation.