Child Support Attorney in Jacksonville, Florida
Need Help with a Child Support Issue? Call Owenby Law, P.A.
Regardless of whether or not the mother and father of a child have ever
been married, both parents are responsible for the financial welfare of
any minor children that they have in common. In cases where the child
lives with one parent for a significantly greater portion of time than
the other, or where one parent pays the majority of the expenses for that
child, chances are that the other parent is legally required to provide support.
In many instances, the two parents can reach an agreement between themselves
that fairly distributes the financial burden of raising a child. However,
there are often times when the child support that's being offered
is inadequate, or fortunes change that require a modification to the existing
agreement. In cases like these, it's helpful to retain the services of
our Jacksonville divorce attorneys at Owenby Law, P.A.
If you or your spouse is in the military, the circumstances may be different
than what is mentioned below. However, the attorneys at Owenby Law, P.A.
have experience handling cases involving
military divorce as well.
Tell us about your child support needs during a
free 30-minute consultation. Call (904) 770-3141.
How Child Support Obligations Are Calculated in Florida
Calculations of child support can be complicated. However, an experienced
lawyer can determine what the law requires as long as they are provided
with the financial records of both parties. If the other parent is uncooperative,
those records can be subpoenaed through the courts.
In Florida, child support calculations are based on the following factors:
- Amount of time the child spends with each parent
- The total monthly incomes of both parents
- The total monthly expenses of both parents
- The standard needs of the child like food, clothing, etc.
- Daycare costs (extended day or childcare costs)
- The healthcare and educational costs of the child
- Any delinquent child support that one parent owes
Can Child Support Payments Be Changed or Modified?
Sometimes one or both parents' circumstances change and a
child support modification is needed. The supportive parent may suffer a loss of income or a lapse
in health. The parent who is receiving child support may have improved
his or her circumstances and requires less. The child may now need a special
service like tutoring or orthodontics. Even changes in shared parenting
agreements can necessitate a recalculation of support. Whether you are
the supporting parent or the receiving one, Owenby Law, P.A. can help
you file your modification through the courts.
Child Support for Children Over the Age of 18
In the state of Florida, child support is intended to serve as financial
support for a minor, dependent child. Typically, child support obligations
cease and are no longer required when the minor reaches the age of 18
(unless contracted otherwise) because they are no longer a child. However,
there are certain instances where a parent may continue to receive child
support payments despite the child reaching the legal age of adulthood.
In Florida, a child over the age of 18 may still require financial support if:
- The child is mentally incapacitated, requiring additional support
- The child is physically incapacitated, requiring additional support
- The child is in high school, but will graduate before they are 19
When seeking to modify child support obligations in accordance with Florida
Statute 743.07(2), the parent of the dependent, adult child is the proper
party to request support for that child in spite of that child being a
legal adult. If you are interested in seeking a child support modification,
the Jacksonville family lawyers at Owenby Law, P.A. are ready to help
you reach an effective solution in the timeliest manner possible.
If you need legal representation for a child support case,
give us a call immediately.