When you’re involved in a case regarding child support, you want to be sure that you get the best outcome for you and your child. If you’re trying to obtain child support, you need the funds your child is due: the ones that can help pay for school supplies, food, activities, and medical care. On the other hand, if you’re responsible for paying child support, you want to know that you’ll still be able to continue to support yourself (and, accordingly, your child). If you’re involved in a child support case, it’s important to have the support of an attorney to navigate these complex situations. Contact us today at (727) 269-5300 to learn how we can help you.
Our Past Results
At Khonsari Law Group, we have extensive experience negotiating child support claims. We’ll cover all the serious issues related to your child support case, including who is responsible for providing medical care, negotiating payment for your child’s medical expenses, and ensuring that the amount of your payments is fair and equitable while also ensuring that your child is properly cared for. We have successfully helped many of our past clients achieve resolutions that are fair and agreeable for all parties concerned—and, most importantly, that ensure dependent children are properly taken care of.
What Do We Cover?
Khonsari Law Group covers a wide range of issues related to child support. We’re here to help:
- Set up an initial child support agreement according to Florida state law
- Change your current child support arrangements based on changes in your circumstances, from changes in income that impact the child support calculation to changes in the child’s needs
- Secure payment for overdue child support
- Negotiate child support arrangements between parents
- Change child support arrangements based on changes in custody status
Dealing with child support cases isn’t always easy; both of you want to be sure that your child is taken care of, but it can be difficult to come to an agreement about exactly what that means. Working with a lawyer is one of the most effective ways to ensure that your interests are met, while also following the letter of the law with regards to child support.
What’s Covered by Child Support Resolutions?
When it comes to negotiating child support, it’s not just about the percentage of the noncustodial parent’s income that goes to the custodial parent. Child support also covers many other things, including:
- Who is responsible for taking care of the child’s health insurance
- How the parents will divide the child’s medical expenses
- Who pays for major expenses in the child’s life, such as transportation, car insurance, and education
- How activities, educational expenses, and other fees are divided between the parents
- How child support is paid—directly to the custodial parent, to schools or other institutions, or through the courts, for example
Child support may shift as a result of the parents’ incomes, who has primary custody of the child, and more. Many individuals discover that a child support arrangement that worked well when the child was young no longer covers the important details as a child gets older. By working with a lawyer, you can both increase the odds that your initial child support agreement will stand the test of time, and change the way you and your child’s parent handle your child support arrangements. You may also want to consult with a lawyer if you’re struggling to gain payment
for back child support, or if your partner isn’t holding up their end of the child support arrangement. Working with a qualified attorney is one of the most effective ways to ensure that you’re able to secure the funds your child is due.
Who Is Responsible for Paying Child Support?
In most cases, child support arrangements are made when a child’s parents divorce, and are considered part of the divorce agreement. Parents who have never been married also often make arrangements for child support. The noncustodial parent, or the parent who has physical custody of the child least often, typically pays child support to the custodial parent. Child support is calculated pursuant to Florida Child Support Guidelines. That calculation includes each parent’s respective incomes, as well as the child custody/timesharing arrangement in place whether by agreement or court order.
How Do People Try to Get out of Paying Child Support?
Many parents find themselves stuck struggling to get child support payments from their one-time partner. In some cases, the noncustodial parent may not realize the true cost associated with raising a child full time. In others, they may not want to make what they see as a payment to their former partner. Noncustodial parents may attempt to misrepresent their income, insisting that they make less than they really do to decrease the amount of child support they owe, or they may choose to abide by the initial amount set by the terms of a child support agreement made prior to an increase in income. By consulting with a lawyer, you can put yourself in a better position to ensure that you get the funds you need for your child in spite of another party’s reluctance.
How Much Will a Child Support Lawyer Cost Me?
If you’re in the middle of a child support case, it’s normal to need help: whether you’re looking for a lawyer to help you secure payment for your child’s expenses, or you’re hoping to reduce the amount of your current child support payments due to financial hardship, contact us today at (727) 269-5300. We’ll schedule a free consultation, answer your questions, and help you take the next steps to reaching a child support resolution that is fair, equitable, and most importantly, in the best interests of your child.