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South Florida Child Support Lawyer

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When divorce takes place, both parents are required to provide their children with financial support.  Whether you were awarded sole custody, are the non-custodial parent, or share joint custody, experienced family lawyer Sean Sweeney can help to make sure you are aware of your legal rights and are treated fairly under Florida’s child support guidelines. 

The court may order either parent or both parents to pay a certain amount to reasonably support their child.  Many factors are used in determining the child support amount, including:

  • The financial resources of the custodial parent
  • The financial resources of the non-custodial parent
  • The standard of living before the divorce
  • The child’s educational needs
  • The child’s physical and mental health conditions

The non-custodial parent typically pays child support to the custodial parent who has the child the majority of the time.  The judge will consider multiple factors when determining the amount of child support that will be required.  Child support is usually paid until the child reaches the age of eighteen unless the child gets married, is self-supporting, or is emancipated before reaching that age. 

South Florida Child Support Attorney Sean Sweeney

Child support is one of the most frequently argued about family law issues, which is why we highly recommended that you enlist the help of a qualified and experienced South Florida family lawyer.  Florida child support laws do not take into consideration extracurricular activities of the children and the non-custodial parent’s living expenses (rent and mortgage costs), things that can result in having a child support amount that is too high or too low.  The parent’s income, the number of children, and the amount of time children spend with each parent are the main determining factors in child support amounts, so you will need to consult a skilled family lawyer who will convey to the judge any special circumstances that may need to be addressed when determining the child support amount. 

Contact a South Florida Child Support Lawyer at The Sweeney Law Group!

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