Child Support Lawyers in Sarasota
Your child deserves, and is entitled to, a life that is healthy and positive. Raising a child can be a full-time job. Not only does it require extensive attention and care, but it is also expensive. Transporting children to and from school (and other extracurricular activities and events) and medical appointments, as well as providing basic food, supplies, and clothing can quickly add up, leaving your pockets thin. Additionally, Florida law recognizes the costly expenses of childcare. Through payment and receival of child support, the courts can ensure that your child has everything that he/she may need.
Florida Child Support Lawyers
While child support can often be perceived as a sensitive and private topic, it is necessary to address and enforce. In most Florida child support cases, the noncustodial divorced parent is responsible for paying child support. The funds are used for:
- The Child’s Basic Necessities (Such As Shelter, Food, And Clothing)
- Extracurricular Activities (I.E. Sports, Clubs, Performances Etc.)
- Medical Needs (Like Braces, Checkups, Immunizations)
- Higher Education
- Some Leisure Activities
Florida child support orders may also entail basic visitation rights and duties of care. Our Sarasota divorce attorneys work with you and the other parent to create a child support arrangement which meets your child(ren)’s needs but also accounts for your specific circumstances.
Determining Child Support
The goal of court-ordered child support is to ensure that a given child is able to grow up in a positive lifestyle. If a father (or mother) makes six figures, their child should have access to that lifestyle. In most cases when calculating child support, family courts will consider the varying sources of income within a household, the earnings that each spouse makes, and how such funds are spent. Deductions and exclusions such as taxes, mandatory union dues, and retirement payments, and spousal support paid under a court order from either a previous marriage or current marriage are also considered.
Florida law defines guidelines used by judges and courts to determine fair child support amounts. Once these guidelines have been applied to your case, a judge will determine how funds will be distributed in order to provide the child with a stable upbringing and overall life. If there are special circumstances in your child support case, determined amounts may be higher or lower than the guideline amounts.
What Happens If I Can’t Pay or Miss a Payment?
When parents fail to submit appropriate child support payments in a timely manner, there are consequences. The noncustodial parent may receive excessive fines or even be jailed.
No matter what you unique family circumstance may be, you should contact experienced Sarasota divorce attorneys at Tobaygo Law. With numerous years of experience in family matters and child advocacy, our trustworthy firm can protect and serve your child’s interests through child support arrangements and modification. Our child support law firm is ready to help bring an agreeable conclusion to your child support case.
Our lawyers have 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 Do Child Support Lawyers Do?
If you need a family law attorney to protect your rights in a child support matter, contact Tobaygo Law. Our Sarasota, FL, divorce and family law attorneys have represented hundreds of clients in child custody, visitation rights and child support matters in local courts. Some child support lawyers for men and women offer their services for free, which allows them to be considered pro bono child support lawyers. At Tobaygo Law, we provide a free consultation for child support cases.
Family Law Attorneys in Sarasota, FL
At Tobaygo Law, a Sarasota family law firm, we not only help guide you through the process, but also protect your interests to the fullest extent possible. We evaluate your case with you, explaining what to expect and what options you have, whether you are requesting child support or have been ordered to pay support.
We also represent clients in child support modifications and enforcement actions.
Do not sign an agreement to pay or receive support without first speaking to a lawyer. Our attorneys can assist with any child support issue that may affect your rights, including:
- Calculation of income in cases involving self-employed spouses
- Treatment of seasonal income or bonus pay
- Imputing income to voluntarily unemployed parties
- High childcare costs resulting from a child's illness, disability or physical impairment
- High-income earner child support issues
- Child support deviations
Our divorce lawyers in Sarasota advise and represent clients in family law courts in Sarasota County and Manatee County. Contact us to arrange a consultation with an experienced child support attorney today.