On the surface, calculating child support may seem simple. The state of Florida website includes a child support calculator you can print out and fill in; however, it is not as simple as it appears. One error in the calculation could result in you receiving or paying an incorrect amount of child support. You want your child support payments to be correct the first time. At Schwam-Wilcox & Associates in Orlando, we assist our clients with understanding child support and correctly preparing the guidelines for our clients. There are factors that are required to be used in order to determine the child support amount which include:
- The number of children
- The combined family net income
- Monthly childcare costs
- Monthly health insurance costs for the children
- Time-sharing arrangements
These are the most common factors, but there may be other factors as well. We will make certain that no factors are overlooked. Sometimes, there may be deviations from the guidelines outlined by Florida law. If a deviation makes sense, we will pursue it. Ultimately, we want to see that the appropriate amount of money is set aside for your child.
After a child support determination is made
Once a determination is made and ordered, it must be followed unless the situation changes substantially. A child support modification may be sought if one parent loses a job, becomes disabled or sees a substantial increase or decrease in income (These are limited examples). We can determine if a modification of child support is possible and help you pursue it.
Learn more about child support
If you are in need of a child support attorney (lawyer) in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake or other counties throughout Florida call Schwam-Wilcox & Associates at 407-245-7700, or Contact Us by completing the form below to schedule a consultation. Schwam-Wilcox & Associates is a firm you can trust, and our attorneys are ready to help you with your legal needs. The main office is conveniently located near Winter Park in Orlando, with appointments also available in The Villages.