Child Support Attorneys in Gainesville
Representing Parents in North Central Florida
In Florida, both parents are required to financially support their children until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school. Most often, if the parents of a child have divorced or ended a nonmarital relationship, the child will spend more days and nights with one parent while the child’s other parent provides child support payments.
Disputes often arise over child support orders. Our Gainesville child support lawyers at Bauer Law Group, P.A. offer the compassionate representation you need to achieve a fair and favorable support order.
A Mathematical Formula
Florida child support guidelines use a mathematical formula to determine the amount of child support that should be paid.
The guidelines consider several factors, including:
- The number of children
- Each parent’s income
- How the child’s time is divided between parents
- The cost of medical insurance for the child
- Any childcare costs or educational costs
Our experienced child support attorneys in Gainesville can help you understand all these terms and explain to you how each of them works.
Deviation from Child Support Guidelines
There are circumstances when the court will deviate from the child support guidelines and order payments that are above or below the calculated amount. This may occur if the combined net income of the child’s parents is above a certain threshold and the parents have established a certain standard of living.
Other factors that may cause the court to deviate from the guidelines include:
- If the child has extraordinary medical, psychological, dental, or educational needs
- If the custodial parent is receiving both child support and spousal support
- Seasonal variation in one or both parent’s income
- The child’s age, accounting for the increased needs of older children
Offering Personalized Advice
Bauer Law Group, P.A. works with clients to ensure that child support payments are fair and that all necessary factors have been considered in awarding child support. Whether you are the primary caregiver who will receive child support or you expect to pay child support, it is important to have an experienced family law attorney in your corner to protect your rights.
Sometimes, one parent is concerned that the other parent will hide income or present a false picture of total assets to minimize the amount of child support and spousal support he or she is ordered to pay. When necessary, we work with forensic accountants and other financial specialists to present accurate information to the court.
If you are the parent who will pay child support, it is also important to make sure you are not ordered to pay more than your fair share. You can ensure this by discussing your case with our Gainesville child support attorneys.
Child Support Modifications
Our firm also assists parents who wish to modify an original child support order. Modifications can result from one parent losing a job, an increase in the child’s needs, or for many other reasons.
We can answer your questions about child support and all other family law issues during an initial consultation. Call (352) 310-8169 to schedule yours.