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How much will they have to pay?
Florida courts have held that both parents have an obligation to support their child. This obligation belongs only to biological children, not stepchildren, absent some form of agreement. For clear public policy reason, the right to support belongs to the child and cannot be waived by a parent. Child support in Tampa, FL can also be awarded retroactively.
Ultimately, Florida law sets out a very specific formula for determining child support in these cases. The formula takes into account the number of children and the combined income of the two parents. Next, it is necessary to determine which percentage of the total income of the two parents and multiply that percentage to the child support amount set by the guidelines. This will give you a very rough idea of the total child support amount payable by each party.
Our Tampa family lawyers have extensive experience litigating cases setting child support payments for parents. Our firm utilizes the latest technology available to permit us to constantly run differing child support scenarios and determine the most advantageous amount for our clients.
I want to pay less?
Many clients come to our office simply requesting the court set a reasonable amount of child support. These parents are forced to decide monthly whether to pay their mortgage, other bills or even support their own children. They are faced with mounting credit cards, growing piles of unpaid bills and the very real prospect of foreclosure and/or bankruptcy on the horizon.
Our firm has experience assisting individuals with reducing their child support payment to a reasonable amount. We find creative solutions to assist our clients in reducing their child support payments to a reasonable, manageable amount, while still supporting their children. If you would like to contact one of our Tampa divorce attorneys immediately, please either call our Office immediately, we have folks standing by to assist you with your case 24 hours a day, or use the “contact us now” tab in the upper right hand corner. Further, we have a free, secure chatbox in the lower right hand corner, where you will actually speak with an attorney. We appreciate your time in checking our website and look forward to hearing from you.