What You Need To Know About Florida Child Support

While most aspects of divorce are negotiable, the state sets a firm standard for child support laws in Florida. This standard ensures that both parties are responsible for the well-being of their minor children.

While this can be a fairly rigid standard, there are situations that call for exceptions or modifications. At my firm, Mark E. Sawicki, P.A., I can help you understand your rights and responsibilities when it comes to Florida child support. At law offices in Palm Beach Gardens and Melbourne, I welcome clients from the West Palm Beach area, Brevard County, and beyond.

Settling Child Support In Divorce Cases

Child support, together with child custody, is an important and practical matter that must be discussed during a divorce proceeding. In divorce settlements, the main purpose of discussing child support is to ensure that each child of the divorcing couple will have adequate financial support for their basic needs as well as to continue the lifestyle that they have grown accustomed to while their parents were married. Together, with both of their respective divorce attorneys, the spouses will have to agree on the terms of child support, including what each parent will contribute, how this will be managed, who will manage the resources, and how the applicable terms of any prenuptial or postnuptial agreements may be operationalized.

Who Pays For Child Support?

Child support may come from any one parent of a child or children. The parent who pays child support is called an obligor. They are obliged by the law to make payments, either directly or indirectly, to an obligee for the benefit of their child. The obligee can be another parent, a guardian, a legal custodian, an estate manager, or even the state. This person should ensure that the financial support is used for the needs of the child.

Legal Basis For Determining Child Support

The concept of child support is internationally recognized under the United Convention on the Rights of the Child and is part of U.S. family law. The law states that a parent’s obligation to financially support his or her child does not end after a divorce, annulment or dissolution of a partnership.

Claiming Child Support

In most cases, the issue of child support is discussed during deliberations in a divorce proceeding or any similar case of dissolution of a marriage. The separating couple and their attorneys will hammer out and agree on the amount of periodic child support that must be paid by the obligor to the obligee, the frequency and the mode of payment. I am Mark E. Sawicki, and as an attorney with extensive experience with different types of Florida divorce, I have keen insight into this process.

Make Sure You Understand How Florida Child Support Works

It is in your best interest to know your rights, responsibilities and options. I will work one-on-one with you to answer your questions, get you the information you need and advocate for you and your children. Call 954-928-9331 and set up a meeting. You can also initiate contact via my online contact form. There is space on the form to ask a question or give me a brief description of your issue. In Broward, Palm Beach, and Brevard counties, and all surrounding areas, I help my clients fully understand what’s at stake.