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Calculating Child Support in Panama City

Each parent has the duty to financially support their child. In cases of sole physical custody, the noncustodial parent must make support payments to help provide for the child's basic needs. The goal of Florida's child support guidelines is to outline the minimum support a noncustodial parent must pay to cover the proper costs of raising a child.

The court-ordered amount would depend on:

  • The number of nights the child lives with each parent
  • The healthcare needs
  • The number of children
  • The monthly net income of both parents
  • The monthly child care costs

For example, with a combined net income of $1,000 a month and one child, child support would be $235, while for two children support would be $365, and so on. While you and the other parent may have agreed upon child support payments, the only way your child's rights can be secure is with an approved court order. Otherwise, you will have less recourse if the other parent stops paying. It is also important to know that child support is a right of the child. For these reasons and more, it is beneficial for you to make your child support agreements official and legally binding, in order to protect your rights and the rights of your child.

Our legal team can help you whether you are going to file for child support or have received a child support petition. No case is too complex and no two cases are the same. If you first need to establish paternity, or if you are filing for divorce, you can find the efficient, trustworthy representation you deserve at The Virga Law Firm, P.A. Discover what your legal options are today: Call our Panama City child support firm!

Enforcing Child Support Payments

Unfortunately, there are too many cases where a parent fails to make court-ordered child support payments. There are, however, a number of ways a court can step in to make sure your child receives the support they deserve.

To ensure you receive child support payments, a court can:

  • Intercept certain federal and state tax refunds
  • Take support directly from the parent's bank account
  • Garnish a portion of the parent's wages
  • Freeze the nonpaying parent's bank account
  • Sentence the delinquent parent to incarceration

Typically, this requires that the custodial parent submit a motion for civil contempt. There will be a hearing to determine whether or not the other parent truly is in contempt of court. If so, a court can impose criminal penalties, or set up collection actions to enforce child support payment. To assert your child's right to support, you will need to present a compelling case to the court. You deserve to have an experienced legal advocate on your side.

Modifying Child Support Payments in Florida

While an initial child support order may have met a child's needs and accurately reflected a parent's ability to pay at the time the order was entered, sudden changes can - and often do - occur. This could make current support orders outdated, in which case you may need to file for increased or reduced child support.

For example, a custodial parent could ask the court for an increase in child support if:

  • A child's needs (especially medical or educational) have increased significantly
  • The paying parent's income has grown significantly
  • The custodial parent lost a job involuntarily
  • One of the parents is not actually exercising their time-sharing with the child

On the other hand, a noncustodial parent could request a decrease in child support if he or she loses a job or suffers a pay cut through no fault of their own or a loss of income that means they cannot make the current payments. Whatever modification you are seeking, you will need the trusted counsel of a dedicated Panama City child support lawyer to ensure your rights are protected as you navigate the court system.

Request Your Child Support Consultation. Call (850) 257-7086!

As experienced attorneys with a staff of devoted parents, we understand that in order to powerfully represent our clients in child support hearings, we first need to get to know our clients and their unique circumstances. Then, backed by over 40 years of combined legal experience, we have the legal knowhow to skillfully represent you in court.

With a team of attorneys that includes former prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, and a Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Attorney, we bring extensive litigation experience to your side, along with the irreplaceable insights of seasoned trial attorneys, working together to greatly benefit your case. Whether you need to create a child support order, update an existing court order, or enforce your child's right to child support, our legal team is prepared to deliver the proven advocacy you deserve. Don't wait to find out what we could achieve for you

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