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Child support issues may arise during the course of a divorce, following a separation of spouses, when unwed parents end their relationship, or when a significant unforeseen change in financial circumstances has occurred that will directly affect the current child support court order.
The state of Florida legally recognizes that every child has a right to be financially supported by both parents. Accordingly the State of Florida has adopted Child Support Guidelines for determining the amount of child support that should be paid. The Florida Child Support Guidelines take many factors into account in determining the amount of child support that is to be paid in each individual child support case. Since each family is different, the amount of child support that may be ordered to be paid will differ from case to case.
In general, child support obligations will terminate once the child reach the age of majority, unless the child is in college (in which case the parent is still obligated), or if the child has been declared emancipated by a court. Child support obligations will also terminate if a parent’s rights and responsibilities are terminated, because, for instance, the child is adopted by someone else.
Generally, child support is paid by the noncustodial parent, as the custodial parent’s obligations and responsibilities are fulfilled by having custody. This doesn’t necessarily mean that a mother would not have to pay child support to a father who has custody – the mother has the same duty as the father would if he didn’t have sole custody. Moreover, an unmarried father – who is acknowledged as the biological father – will also be responsible for paying child support.
BEST LAW, PLLC, vigorously represents the rights of individuals who are currently engaged in Child Support, divorce, or other family law legal matters. Protect your legal rights. Contact an experienced Lakeland Child Support Attorney - Lawyer at BEST LAW, PLLC, by calling 863.333.0568 or use our online case submission form to schedule a confidential consultation.
BEST LAW, PLLC has extensive experience in assisting Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, and Central Florida residents and visitors who require professional Child Support, Divorce and Family Law Attorney legal services.
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