Sarasota Child Support Lawyers

According to the State of Florida, every child is entitled to a healthy life in which all of their basic needs are fully met. Divorcing spouses or separating partners with children must enact a child support plan to fulfill all of their children’s financial needs. Through payment and receipt of child support, Florida courts can ensure that your child has everything that he or she needs to adequately develop and succeed in life. If you are dealing with a child support case or would like to discuss options for modifying or enforcing an existing child support order in Sarasota, FL, contact Tobaygo law. Our family law firm has extensive experience in cases involving an initial determination of child support, supplemental petition for modification of child support, and ending support upon the child's emancipation.

What Is What Is Child Support?

Child support is comprised of court-mandated payments from one parent or custodian to another parent or custodian for the purpose of ensuring the fulfillment and financial support of a child or multiple children. The payments are meant to cover a wide range of child-related needs, which include but are not limited to housing, clothing, food, education, and health insurance.

Child-related expenses may also include daycare and extra-curricular activities. A Sarasota divorce lawyer with Tobaygo Law can provide comprehensive counsel to help parents determine a child support arrangement that best accommodates the child’s requirements, with consideration to the financial circumstances of both the custodial and noncustodial parents.

How Is Child Support Determined In Florida?

During the process of determining and calculating child support, the courts will consider varying sources of income within a household, the earnings that each spouse makes, and the manner in which such funds are spent. The courts also consider any deductions and exclusions, such as taxes, mandatory union dues, retirement payments, as well as the following factors. Florida law provides guidelines with which the courts determine the amount of child support to be paid. Once these guidelines have been applied to a case, a judge will determine how the funds will be distributed.

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Unemployment
  • Social Security Benefits
  • Spousal Support
  • Salary Or Wages
  • Bonuses
  • Business Income
  • Disability Benefits

Is Child Support Modifiable?

In certain cases of material changes to circumstances, such as changes in income, parents may petition to modify the agreement for child support. Our Sarasota attorneys can assist parents seeking to modify child support with file petitions and advocating on their behalf to prove why the modification is required. Our attorneys can also assist with any child support issue that may affect your rights, including the following circumstances.

  • Child support deviations
  • Income calculation for self-employed parties
  • Changes due to illness, disability or impairment
  • High-income parent child support issues
  • Treatment of seasonal income or bonus pay
  • Imputing income to unemployed parties

How Does Child Custody Affect Child Support?

When child custody and visitation arrangements are established by Florida courts, they are often accompanied by orders for child support. If a parent or guardian is awarded sole physical or legal custody, the noncustodial parent is typically required to provide support in the form of recurring payments to the custodial parent. However, if joint custody is awarded to parents, support obligations are determined based upon each parent’s financial earnings as well as the amount of time in which the child spends with each parent, among other factors.

What Happens If I Can’t Pay Child Support?

When filing for an annulment or divorce, one of the two parents will likely be required to pay child support. Once assigned by a court of law, parents are legally obligated to make timely and consistent payments. Should parents fail to submit appropriate child support payments as deemed by the child support order, there may be significant legal consequences. The noncustodial parent may be required to pay excessive fines or even serve jail time. No matter your family's circumstances, it’s important that you contact an experienced Sarasota child support lawyer with our firm to ensure the protection of your rights.