ACHIEVING FAIR AND ADEQUATE CHILD SUPPORT RESULTS
Under Florida law, it is the duty of each parent to help provide for the support of all children, regardless of whether the parents are married, separated, divorced, or have never been married. Seeking child support and responding to child support requests can be an intimidating and confusing process. The State of Florida is committed to providing children with the support they need. At KM Welsh, PA, we are committed to working with all parties involved to navigate the child support process in a collaborative and compassionate manner to make sure that you obtain the results you and your child are owed.
At KM Welsh, P.A., we have worked with thousands of parents to work out child support payment plans which fairly provide for the needs of both spouses and serve the best interests of the child(ren). Lead attorney Kathryn Welsh has over 25 years of experience in representing individuals in the Largo, St. Petersburg and Clearwater areas in obtaining child support and responding to child support requests. She will bring the highest level of professionalism, experience and compassion to representing you in your child support matter.
Factors a Florida Family Court Will Consider in Awarding Child Support
In Florida, child support cannot be waived by either parent, as it is the child’s right to receive the support. Courts will typically order that child support be paid until the child reaches the age of 18 (or graduation from high school if the child is in school and will graduate before his or her 19th birthday). In determining how much support should be awarded, the family court will look at both parent’s monthly incomes and apply a statutory formula to reach a child support payment figure. This formula will incorporate such expenses as child care and health care. The task of calculating a payment figure becomes more difficult when one or the other parent does not receive a regular paycheck (e.g. a business owner or freelance worker). We will work to make sure that you and your child’s interests are properly served through adequate and transparent disclosure of income and expense information.
Modifying or Terminating Child Support
A Florida child support order can be modified or terminated by a court if one or more of the following situations occurs:
The child reaches the age of 18 (or graduation from high school if the child is in school and will graduate before his or her 19 birthday);
The modification is necessary and in the best interests of the child; or
- The financial circumstances of the parties have changed.
We will work with you in applying for or responding to a request for a modification or termination of a child support order.
The Importance of Establishing Paternity
When parents are not married the parties may need to establish the father’s paternity through a court proceeding before any child support order or time-sharing (formerly visitation) is ordered. Conversely, you may dispute a claim of paternity. In these cases, you may request a DNA test prior to litigating the issues of child support and time-sharing. At KM Welsh, P.A., we have extensive experience in working with parties in paternity actions.
Contact KM Welsh, P.A. today
If you are seeking child support, responding to a request for child support, or are otherwise involved in a related family law matter, work with the experienced, compassionate legal team at KM Welsh, P.A. to obtain the results you desire. Call our office today at (727) 586–7088 to schedule a consultation.