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PANAMA CITY CHILD SUPPORT ATTORNEY
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If you are looking for a child support lawyer in Panama City, look no further than The Virga Law Firm, P.A.
Here you can find the trusted counsel you deserve, the awarded advocacy that gets results. At The Virga Law Firm, many of us are - first and foremost - parents. This enables us to provide dedicated and determined advocacy for custodial and noncustodial parents in child support cases. With our legal team, you gain the resources and experience you need to achieve a fast and fair resolution, whether you need to ask for, enforce, or modify child support orders.
In every case, we use a team approach. This means that we develop a relationship with our clients, understanding their situation, and working with them to reach a positive result. This also means that, if necessary, we work with experts to ensure that you have a robust legal case. Whatever your case calls for, our firm has the experience and assets you need on your side.
Schedule an initial case review with a Panama City child support lawyer! Reach us today (800) 822-5170.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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As experienced lawyers 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 100 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 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.
Gerard Virga Founding Attorney
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Chad Self Fort Walton Beach Managing Attorney
Tracie Phillips Orlando Managing Attorney
William West Ritchie Panama City Managing Attorney
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