Child Support

Retroactive child support can extend up to 24 months

Although a federal law requires each state to establish child support guidelines and review them every four years, each state applies a specific method to calculate the amount an individual owes to the custodial parent. These amounts fluctuate over time, as both the...

When do I stop receiving child support?

For many divorcing parents, there are no more contentious issues than child support and child custody. All parents believe they are the best parents, and no parent wants their money wasted, even if that waste is just perceived. This is why litigation over these two...

Three reasons women pay less child support than men

Well-established legal standards determine child support and child custody during a divorce. The practical relationship between the two, along with social and cultural perception, may cause people to wonder why women pay child support less frequently and in fewer...

When can parents modify a child support order?

Child support obligations in Florida are set to ensure that children’s financial needs are being met by both parents after a divorce and not just by the parent who has the children the majority of the time. These obligations are set during divorces though and could be...

Income questions can make child support complicated

Like other states, Florida uses Child Support Guidelines to direct family law judges who are intending to order a parent to pay child support. These Guidelines in many cases are pretty straightforward. Theoretically, they are supposed to ensure that child support...

What happens if parent reduces income for child support purposes?

Parents in Florida may not always be thrilled about the costs they need to pay for their children’s needs, but it is something that they are required to do. This is true whether parents are married, divorced or in situations where they were never married. It is also...

How are child support orders enforced?

There are a variety of ways of enforcing a child support order which are important for parents who pay or receive child support to be familiar with. Because child support is for the support, care and maintenance of the child, it is important that it is paid and that...

What are deviation factors in Florida child support guidelines?

In a Florida divorce, there might be a preconceived notion that the law will be relatively clear-cut as to how certain issues will be settled. That can include property division, alimony, child custody and child support. However, since every situation is different,...

Enforcing an order for child support in Florida

For most divorcing couples in Florida, the major battles end when the court enters the order and decree ending the marriage. The final order also sets terms for monthly payment of child support and alimony. What happens if the former spouse who is ordered to make...

Who pays child support in Florida?

Child support is an important and necessary piece of many Florida divorce proceedings. It provides children whose parents have gone through divorce with the financial resources necessary to keep them healthy, safe, and thriving. In Florida, all parents are expected to...