For many parents throughout the state of Florida, child support helps them provide their child with the financial security they need, and if you are currently facing a divorce or another child support matter, you need an experienced Pensacola child support lawyer in your corner. Often, matters involving child support are complex, which is why you cannot afford to go it alone. Contact The Law Office of James M. Burns today to learn more about child support in Florida and how our legal team can assist you.
Pensacola Child Support Lawyer Navigating Complex Child Support Issues
Raising children is expensive. If you will be providing the majority of the care, you need a reasonable child support award that helps you pay the bills. When you will be paying support, it is also crucial to get the initial order correct.
Pensacola family law attorney James M. Burns helps parents across Escambia and Baldwin counties resolve child support disputes. No matter how they arise — in the divorce or paternity context — he can ensure that the numbers that go into the calculations lead to a fair award amount.
How Is Child Support Determined?
Both Florida and Alabama follow a guidelines approach with certain limited exceptions. This means your income figures and time caring for children will be plugged into a formula. Other expenses, such as health care insurance and daycare, along with which parent pays these, are included. The resulting number is the presumptive child support award.
The courts rarely deviate from the formula. For this reason, it is necessary to make sure the numbers going into the formula are correct. It is vital to get the order correct the first time because later modifications are very difficult.
The bottom line is that child support involves money, which is why it is often a contentious process. In fact, money is the reason that many relationships break down in the first place. It’s essential to have a skilled negotiator as your ally so that you and your child can have the financial assistance you need. You can depend on an experienced Pensacola child support lawyer right here at The Law Office of James M. Burns to fight for you, every step of the way.
Modifying Child Support in Florida
If you are like most people, your life, as well as your child’s life, has most likely changed in the months or years after your divorce. If your child’s needs, your needs, or your former spouse’s needs have changed, it may require a modification to your initial child support agreement so that a new agreement may better reflect your current situation in life. For example, if you or your former spouse got a raise, or, conversely, were demoted or lost your job, you may require an increase or decrease in child support payments. Additionally, if your child should experience a change, such as developing a medical condition that comes with high expenses, you may request an increase in child support payments.
These are just some of the circumstances that may warrant a modification to child support, and if you believe that you or your child have experienced an unforeseen yet significant change, you may qualify for a child support modification. If you have any additional questions or you believe that you do qualify for a child support modification, simply reach out to our Pensacola child support lawyer as soon as you can.
Contact a Pensacola Child Support Lawyer
How will you pay or receive child support? What happens when payments stop or you can no longer make payments? There are lots of questions surrounding child support. Find the answers you need to make informed decisions by speaking with James M. Burns. Call our office at 850-930-3018 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation with our competent and compassionate legal team today. We are here to help protect you and your child, every step of the way.