Child support laws are based on the simple principle that parents share responsibility for their children even after divorce. Despite the clarity of this statement, legal and social issues related to child support can be very difficult to sort through. A combination of difficult moral issues, ever-changing legal policies, and strong emotions can turn a simple legal principle into an intense battle.
If you are trying to achieve a fair arrangement for your family, our Orlando child support lawyers can provide the support and guidance you need. To discuss what the Schlegel Law Group can do for you, call our offices at 407-953-9726.
Foundations of Child Support Decisions
Divorcing parents can reach agreements about child support in several different ways: through the collaborative divorce process, with the help of a mediator, or in a court of law. Even if you develop a plan outside of court, however, it will need to be approved by the family courts. The primary goal of a child support plan is to ensure that each parent is contributing fairly based on his or her finances.
When making decisions about child support, judges consider a long list of detailed factors, including but not limited to:
- The total income of both parents (including Social Security, investments, etc)
- The number of children in the family
- The predicted needs of each child based on age
- Certain expenses of each parent (taxes, support to other children, union dues, etc)
- Any special circumstances affecting a child’s health or needs
If you need any elaboration on child support arrangements or requirements, one of our knowledgeable Orlando child support lawyers can help.
Protecting Your Rights
Financial disagreements can arise in many different ways. Perhaps you are not receiving the payments you need to cover your expenses, or perhaps you can no longer afford the support being asked of you. Whatever your circumstances are, you have the right to pursue a more equitable arrangement. An Orlando child support dispute attorney can help you understand your rights and obligations.