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How Do Courts Calculate Child Support?

As married parents, you and your spouse have made providing for your children a top priority. This should not (and does not need to) change simply because you are pursuing a divorce. It does mean, however, that you need experienced legal guidance to accurately determine what your children’s needs are and to advocate for child support obligations that are fair and, whenever possible, advantageous to you.

At Fried and Fried, P.A., our attorneys’ decades of family law experience mean that they understand there is no one way to approach a sensitive family dispute. Especially when children are involved, they know from experience that a more collaborative, consensus-driven approach can benefit both individual clients and entire families in the long run better than simply taking a spouse for everything he or she is worth. Our value comes in understanding a client’s priorities, identifying the needs of the children and developing the best strategy under the circumstances.

Your Experienced Guide In Child Support Disputes

It is helpful to keep in mind that as a general principle, both parents have a legal obligation to provide financially for their children. That said, courts in Florida apply child support guidelines to determine which parent will receive child support payments. These guidelines take into account three main factors:

  • The standard needs of the child(ren)
  • Child(ren)’s health care and child care costs
  • Both parents’ income

Where our attorneys add value in child support calculations is being able to efficiently gather all of our client’s financial records to provide the court with accurate information in a light most favorable to our client. At the same time, we ensure that the other side has also provided complete and accurate information to avoid an unfair outcome.

In addition to helping clients set initial child support orders in a divorce or separation, we help clients enforce or seek modification to existing child support orders in Florida.

Protect Your Children – And Your Financial Future. Contact Us Now.

Child support can be among the most contested issues in a divorce. Our attorneys will do everything possible to make it a straightforward process while protecting your and your children’s best interests. Email us now or call our Fort Myers child support lawyers at 239-243-9287 or toll free 888-831-2597.