Whether you have been ordered to pay child support or are on the receiving end, there are several things that you may not know about this program that could affect you and your family. We at The Law Office of Philip J. Schipani can not only help you fight for your rights while you are going through divorce, but can also provide education on the little-known details of Florida child support.
First, many people do not realize that they can determine their approximate monthly support payment before they ever step foot in court. The Florida State Legislature has a graph to help parents determine support amounts. You can find your monthly net income and coordinate it with the number of children you will be supporting to determine what your payments may be. The amount will be affected by the custody determinations or other factors, but you can get a general idea of what to e xpect.
Another fact that many people do not realize is that income will not be the only aspect in determining child support. The standard of living, age, needs and station in life of each family member will have an impact on the support arrangements. Each parent's ability and financial status will also affect the outcome of your case.
You also may or may not realize that child support amounts can be altered in the future if a need arises. For more information on child support and how to alter your arrangements, please visit our web page.