Child support must be determined in any divorce that involves minor children; in any paternity case; or the Florida Department of revenue can initiate child support proceedings. The amount of child support a parent will pay or receive is determined by the Florida guidelines. In calculating child support under these guidelines, a court will consider the gross income of the parents (including any alimony in a divorce case that may be paid from one spouse to the other); the number of children; the amount of time sharing or visitation each parent has; health insurance costs; and child care costs.
It is common that circumstances change after the court enters a child support order. Child support orders can be modified and most often it is due to a one parent or both parents’ incomes changing, or the child’s needs. To modify a child support award, a parent must file a Petition seeking a modification with the court.
If a parent ordered to pay child support fails to pay, the other parent can enforce the child support order through a Motion for Civil Contempt. Alyssa Vanstone has experience working with the child support guidelines, handling child support modifications, and contempt hearings. Contact Vanstone Law Firm today to discuss your child support case.