This infographic titled “Things You Should Know About Child Support” provides an overview of the aspects of your child support about which you should be aware.
Deciding to end a marriage and going through divorce is stressful for everyone involved. When your marriage ends, the needs of your children must be met. Child support covers the financial needs of a child,including the cost of education, food, housing, childcare, etc. If you are going through a divorce, here are a few things that you should know about your child support obligation.
You need a child support lawyer
It is recommended that you work with a reputable lawyer who understands child support. You should discuss the financial needs of your children and agree on an amount with which you are comfortable. A child support attorney will represent you and will argue your case in court to increase the chances you get the desired outcome.
You must pay the agreed amount
The amount of child support is set by the court, and you must pay it. You should always keep track of your payments and keep documents to prove you have paid the agreed amount. Failure to prove you have made the required payments may result in court penalties and enforcement proceedings.
Child support can be modified
Child support payments can be modified upwardly or downward. To succeed, the parent requesting the modification will have to show a significant change in his or her financial circumstances. Any change in the payment requires the court’s approval and must be done with a court order.
Some expenses will be considered when calculating child support
Florida’s child support guidelines consider each parent’s regular “take-home” pay after deductions. Other expenses, such as health insurance and daycare, are also considered.