Child Support Is Important To Get Right The First Time
With the ever-changing child support statutory guidelines in Florida, child custody attorney Rebekah Brown-Wiseman constantly keeps up with the current and most up-to-date changes in the law.
Florida Child Support Guidelines
Child support is based upon each parent’s income or ability to earn an income, the amount of overnights that each parent spends with the children, the financial cost for the children’s medical and dental needs and costs associated with child care incurred due to employment, job search or education calculated to result in employment or enhancement.
The court can also include other considerations under the statute, such as special needs or extraordinary medical, psychological, educational or dental expenses. Attorney Brown-Wiseman can assist in litigating cases where the issue of one or both parties’ income is disputed. In some cases, especially if a closely held business is owned by one of the parties, the child support lawyer will utilize the expertise of forensic accountants.
Child Support Alternatives
Although child support cannot be waived as it is a child’s right under Florida child support law, the fact that parents may not waive or otherwise “contract away” their child’s right to support, does not preclude them from making contracts or agreements concerning their child support so long as the best interests of the child are served. This permits parents to enter into child support agreements to designate that one parent pays for airline tickets or private education instead of paying child support directly to the other parent or to decrease the amount of financial assistance paid to the recipient parent.
Child Support Agreements
As an experienced child support lawyer Rebekah Brown-Wiseman can include important additional language into a child support order. For example, language that the obligor is no longer responsible for paying child support if the child is no longer residing with the other parent or if the child becomes self-supporting. Without such language, a modification would need to be requested, take additional time and attorney’s fees, and may or may not be granted.
Contact A Broward County Child Support Attorney
To best represent each family law case, provide personalized and knowledgeable attention to each individual client, the Fort Lauderdale office limits the number of clients accepted at any given time. As such, the law firm represents clients with child support issues in divorce and paternity actions or cases combined with modification of alimony but will not represent clients in cases that solely involve child support unless the case involves a previous client.
For more information about child support, please contact the Law Office of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A., in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Call 954-563-1331 to arrange a consultation. The Fort Lauderdale law firm also represents clients in child support modifications cases. The law firm handles child support cases throughout Broward County and Palm Beach County, Florida.