When you need a child support attorney, we can help. Child support is paid by one parent to the other after a divorce, or if the two parents never married. It is a form of income to help protect the child. Usually, the non-custodial parent pays child support to the parent who has primary physical custody. The child must be adopted, or be the genetic child of the parent in order for child support to be paid.
Establishing which parent will have primary custodianship over the child or children is only half of the discussion. Child support also needs to be established.
Calculating Costs of Child Support
Even when parents separate, both are usually still obligated to contribute to their upbringing. Often, this contribution is in a financial form. As children grow up, they incur costs like health insurance, education and have daily needs covering food, lodging and social activities.
A key issue in the process of child custody and support is calculating these costs. Often, the distribution is not equal. How much a parent pays and how often depends on different factors such as:
- The best interests of the child
- The forecasted expenses of the child, e.g. health insurance, essential care need
- The amount of time the child stays with each parent
- The income and wealth of each parent
- The existing custody agreement
Child Support Enforcement
Having a trusted child support attorney is important in helping you enforce the conditions set out in your child support agreement. Whether you are the primary custodian concerned over a lack of financial support from the other parent, or you are concerned over the behavior of the primary custodian, we can help you make certain that the best interests of your child are being met.
In instances where you feel like the child support agreement is not being upheld by the other parent, you can ask the court to enforce the order. We can help you file for enforcement and sort out the legal processes involved.
Modification of Child Support Agreement
Child support agreements can change years after the divorce. Some parents find it necessary to change parts of the support orders due to a change in circumstances, like losing a source of income, or a change in the interests of the child, like the need for more health coverage. A change in visitation plans can also impact child support agreements.
When a modification needs to be done, our family law attorneys can help you meet the necessary legal conditions. One of these requirements includes providing proof that there has been substantial change in the circumstances.
Why You Need a South Florida Child Support Attorney
The primary custodian can claim child support, while the other parent may have to provide financial support. Other parenting responsibilities can also be divided.
Throughout this delicate process, you need a family law attorney that can provide the necessary assistance regarding any child support issues that may arise following your separation.
The Berman Law Group has the experience and competence needed to provide for the best outcome for your family, especially for your children. We will work with you to ensure your best interests are taken care of, as well as your child’s. We can be your child support attorney.
Call us today at 1-800-375-5555.