Boca Raton Child Support Attorney
Helping Parents Care for Children After Divorce in Palm Beach County
It is natural to worry about being financially able to take care of your child after a divorce. Being partly or wholly dependent on another party to do so can create a great deal of anxiety — especially when the amount paid is insufficient or the other party either withholds payment or tries to get out of paying.
Feldman & Schneiderman wants to make sure that you get the level of child support you deserve without the added burden of worry. We work hard to secure optimal results in child support proceedings.
We know this is a difficult time for you and your family and we are here to help. Call us today at 561-392-4400.
What is Child Support?
Child support is a payment, on a regular and ongoing basis, meant to benefit a child after the dissolution of a marriage or other relationship. According to Florida law, each minor child has the right to the support of both parents, including the non-custodial parent – the one who does not live with the child. That right also means that both parents have an obligation to have jobs and earn income to support their children, even a parent who was a stay-at-home parent during the marriage. Depending upon the ages of the children and the costs of childcare or after-care, our attorney will help you determine whether you need to find employment and what child support you can expect from your spouse.
Child support in Florida is calculated in accordance with the Uniform Child Support Guidelines, as set out in Section 61.30 of the Florida Statutes. The calculation requires a great deal of financial information, including:
- Gross income from all sources
- Net income
- Unreported income
- Income in the form of non-cash contributions
- Health insurance costs for the children
- Health insurance costs for each parent
- Daycare and childcare costs
- Private school tuition
- Extracurricular activities
- Any extraordinary needs or costs associated with the lifestyle enjoyed by the children during the marriage
- Court-ordered child support actually paid for minor children of prior relationships
- Overnight timesharing exercised by each parent
How We Can Help
If you and your partner are considering divorce and you have children, it is important to understand how that decision can affect your kids. Your children’s well-being must be a top priority, so you and your partner will have to come up with a parenting plan that addresses how you and your spouse will share time with your children and how much child support a spouse will owe depending upon your respective incomes and timesharing. A Boca Raton child support lawyer can help you with this process and assist in finding the best solutions. We will show you how child support is calculated and show you the actual calculations, taking tax deductions and child care credits into account.
A child support lawyer can help you:
- Determine the right course of action: This may be an emotional time for you and your family. Your lawyer can help you understand your options and provide you with information that will help you make a well-informed decision.
- Seek the custody of your child: While Florida courts usually favor shared parental responsibility, if there are specific circumstances that may justify a different custody relationship (such as limited timesharing or supervised timesharing), you need an experienced lawyer to help seek the most favorable outcome for you and your children.
- Seek child support from your partner: You may be eligible to obtain child support from your partner. Your lawyer can help you with this process in determining the amount of child support and how to best ensure you will get the child support on time.
- Explore and understand all your options: Your attorney has the knowledge and experience to know that there are multiple options you have for your situation. They can help you figure out what is the best route for you and your family.
At Feldman & Schneiderman, as with alimony, we know that determining how much child support is paid is just one factor. Ensuring that the child support is paid is just as important.
We analyze the financial data carefully to secure the best possible child support agreement for you. And, in the event of a deadbeat parent, we use all legal means necessary to ensure that you receive complete payments on a regular basis.
You do not have to go through this process alone. Call 561-392-4400 to speak with our Boca Raton child support attorneys. We serve the Palm County area.