Broward Child Support & Child Custody
Florida Child Support Lawyer
In Florida, child support is determined by using guidelines and a formula, set by the State, to calculate the amount of support. This is different from spousal support (alimony), which is awarded at the discretion of the Judge. A critical element of determining the proper amount of support, is the information that is inputed into the formula.
There are a several important issues that must be considered and determined in the calculation of child support. We can properly assess those factors and make sure all of those factors are considered when calculating the amount of child support. Some of those factors include:
- Income of the parties
- Needs of the child (such as daycare, school tuition, and medical care)
- The number of nights that the child stays with a parent (also known as “overnights”) – Adjustments are made to the amount of child support based on where the child spends time
- Health insurance costs (medical and dental)
We represent parties in family law matters, including child support enforcement and Child Support and Alimony Modification issues, throughout Broward County and all of South Florida. If you need to discuss your child support issues with a Florida divorce attorney or if you are having difficulties or issues with a pre-arranged child support matter, please contact us today for a free initial consultation today.
Handling child custody and child support matters for clients living in Hallandale, Hollywood, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Weston, Davie, North Miami Beach, Dania Beach and all other cities in Dade and Broward County.
Florida Child Custody Law
Our mission when representing clients in child custody matters, is to work towards a fair outcome of your case while avoiding any unnecessary hardships. The focus of our efforts in child custody matters is how parental duties will be shared between you and your former spouse or partner.
Factors That Influence Child Custody
Florida courts will consider various factors when making difficult decisions concerning custody and access to children. Some of these considerations include:
- Which of the parents is more apt to facilitate frequent and regular contact with the non-custodial parent? Both parents are expected to foster the child’s relationship with each parent.
- The court will attempt to determine where the best interest of the children lies and will make decisions accordingly. The court will look at the evidence of emotional ties, affection and love that exist between each parent and child.
- Courts will examine the relative stability of the home environment of the custodial home.
- The moral fitness of each parent will be considered.
- The court will look for any evidence of domestic violence or child abuse within the home.
Florida courts will generally order that parental responsibility be shared by both parents unless there is a circumstance that compels them to act otherwise.
When determining how your unique situation fits into Florida custody law it is important that you take into consideration such factors as your child’s education, future financial needs and the care-taking ability of each parent.
Note: A recent change in the law added a rebuttable presumption that equal timesharing is in the best interest of the child.
If you need to discuss child custody or visitation issues with a Florida divorce attorney or if you have difficulties or issues with a pre-arranged child custody matter, please contact us today for a free initial consultation.
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