Miami Child Support Lawyer
Child Support & Modifications in South Miami, Florida
Child support is mandated by Florida law based on the concept that parents — married or unmarried — are financially responsible for their children. The Florida Child Support Guidelines determine how child support payments are calculated. These payments are generally paid by the higher-income parent to the lower-income parent to provide for such necessities as housing, utilities, food, clothing, health care, and other essentials. If you have an issue concerning obtaining, contesting, enforcing, or modifying child support, you can turn to our Miami child support lawyer at Beatriz Zyne, P.A.
Florida Child Support
While calculation guidelines have been established based on parents’ incomes, other factors may affect how support is determined. Our firm has considerable experience handling all aspects of this matter and can guide you through the particulars of your dispute to reach a fair and reasonable conclusion. We also routinely handle professional athlete paternity/child support cases and the unique circumstances that go along with them.
In general, the Florida Child Support Guidelines calculate child support payments based on:
- Parental income
- How much time the child spends with each parent
- Number of children to be supported
Other factors that may be factored in are the costs of child care or daycare, health care needs, and any other special circumstances. Child support is generally paid until the child turns 18 or when he or she graduates from high school. The time period may extend if the child is mentally or physically incapacitated.
Child support payments are part of any divorce or paternity case settlement. They are difficult to have amended unless there is a substantial change in a parent’s circumstances that warrants a modification, which must then be made permanent in court.
How Do I Modify Child Support in Florida?
In the state of Florida, if the circumstances of either parent have changed after the order was issued either parent can request to change the support order. The court that issued the order can then review the order to see if it should be modified.
Work with our Experienced Miami Child Support Attorney
Providing child support in Miami is not an issue that is up for debate. Children have a right to be financially supported by their parents. The only question is how much a parent can be expected to pay. For skilled and dedicated legal representation in resolving this family law matter, contact our firm for help.