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Tampa Child Support Attorney

How Does the Florida Formula Work?

Child support in Florida is determined according to a formula. All judges have the same guidelines, so you would think that child support is a cut-and-dry issue, wouldn't you?

It isn't. The big debate surrounding child support determination surrounds what is and what is not entered into the formula. For example, if a non-working spouse could get a job earning $40,000 per year, but chooses not to apply for work — how is that considered? Conversely, if a non-working spouse applies for several $40,000 per year jobs, and is turned down for employment — how is that considered?

An experienced Tampa child support lawyer can work with you to make certain that the child support formula is applied accurately in your case.

Tampa/St. Petersburg Child Support Payment Lawyer

At Mark S. Howard, P.A., we work with either the payor or the recipient of child support payments. The factors that the Florida courts consider for child support determinations are:

  • Income of both parents
  • The child's health care
  • Child care costs
  • Standard needs for the child

Depending on the factors above, there is a standard formula for how much the child support will be that one parent must pay to the other. An attorney is needed because some of the items above are open to debate. For example, if one parent works on commission and had a terrific year in 2009 followed by a terrible year in 2010, is that taken into consideration? If one parent is self-employed and reinvests income back into the business, how is that calculated? If both parents are involved in a closely held corporation, and one parent will leave that business, what are the ramifications?

Legal advice is an important consideration for child support because of the figures that are input into the formula. Mark Howard is an AV* rated attorney who is an efficient and effective family law attorney who can help you with the matter.

Post-Divorce Child Support Modifications

When the child custody or parenting plan changes for some reason or the economic needs of the child or children changes, this can affect the child support amounts as well. Likewise, if the income of either party changes, this can be a reason for a post-divorce child support modification. At our law firm we represent either the payor or the recipient of child support and can represent you in court for a modification or child support enforcement actions.

Contact Our Family Law Firm

We offer a free initial consultation. Please call 813-282-3563. You may also contact us via e-mail to schedule an initial free consultation.

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Family law attorney Mark S. Howard, P.A., based in Tampa, represents individuals and small businesses in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, Plant City, Temple Terrace, Lakeland, Bloomingdale, Riverview, Gibsonton, Land O' Lakes, Pinellas Park, Largo, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Oldsmar and Gulfport as well as other cities within Hillsborough County or Pinellas County, Florida.