Navigating Child Custody And Support

The outcome of your child custody and support matter(s) will likely affect you and your child(ren) for years. It is important to know your rights, understand your options and pursue the most reasonable results with confidence. The Law Offices of Justin Rickman is a valuable asset for Central Florida families in times of transition such as divorce or separation.

A Parenting Plan Will Spell Out Custody And Visitation Arrangements

When minor children are involved in a custody dispute, the Florida courts will do everything possible to help lessen the emotional trauma the children may be experiencing. If the parents cannot come to an agreement regarding issues involving the children, the court will establish a parenting plan at its discretion.

How Child Support Is Usually Determined

Florida child support guidelines are based on the Income Shares Model for calculating child support. The monthly support amount is determined by applying the guidelines and dividing proportionally according to each parent's income. These two support amounts are then offset to establish which parent will pay the other for support of the child. All income is typically verified by completing financial discovery.

The court has the right to order child support according the Florida Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines are based on the income of each parent along with applicable deviation factors that may exist. If the parents cannot come to a reasonable agreement on the child support amount, the court will use the support guidelines located in the Florida statutes.

It is important to note that the court may adjust the minimum child support award, or either or both parents' share, based upon a number of considerations.

Consult With An Experienced Family Law Attorney

Ideally, you and the other parent of your children can consider your children's interests and craft your own agreement through conferences or mediation. Realistically, however, the other parent may prove to be difficult to work with and a judge may need to make decisions for your family.

Get advice about child custody and support and the qualified advocacy you need as you approach these important issues. Request a consultation by giving us a call at 352-394-2041 or completing our simple online intake form.