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Do you have a child custody or child support issue

Divorce is particularly difficult and emotional for the minor child or children involved. They are affected by the serious lifestyle change, for example, not residing with both parents and the structure they had prior to the divorce. The Florida family courts will issue orders for custody, support and parenting plans. They base their decisions on the best interest of the child or children involved. The child custody order is necessary to ensure that the children spend time with his or her parents after divorce. The child support order is necessary to ensure the standard of living remains the same.

It is important to hire a knowledgeable and moral attorney who will ensure that your child or children’s well being and futures are protected.

Florida Custody and Visitation laws

Florida courts require parents of minor children who are getting a divorce to enter into an agreement also known as a “parenting plan”. Parenting plans outline the times and dates the children will spend with each parent. The parenting plan, depending on circumstances can assign all rights of custody to one parent or split the rights of custody to both parents. If one parent has custody and the other parent has visitation, the dates and times for visitation must be outlined in a parenting plan. A parenting plan can be court ordered by a family law judge or the parents can come to their own agreement at mediation.

Florida child support guidelines

Child support is based on a calculated statutory formula. These guidelines determine the gross income of each parent. Once the gross income is determined it is compared to a formula table outlined in Florida Statute §61.30. This will determine how much child support you may pay or receive. It is based on combined income and the number of children. There are factors taken into consideration that assist in determining the amount. Some of these factors are:

  • The needs of the child or children;
  • The child or children’s ages;
  • The child or children’s standard of living; and
  • The financial ability of each parent.

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