Child Support

Divorce Lawyer

Child Support is calculated based upon the Florida Child Support Guidelines. Filling out the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet is similar to filling out a tax return. it can be complicated so a divorce lawyer can help you. There are several factors that determine the amount of child support. The most important factor is the net monthly income of the two parents. Although the net income of the parent receiving child support affects amount of child support owed, the net income of the parent paying child support has a greater impact on the calculation. Expenses for health insurance for the child and for daycare for the child is also considered in the calculation.


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In a divorce, both parties have the ability to conduct discovery on the other party. Methods of doing this include Requests for Production of Documents, Interrogatories, Requests for Admissions, issuing subpoenas, and the taking of depositions.

As your Florida divorce lawyer, I can file Motions which ask judge to grant temporary relief for matters such as custody, child support, alimony, exclusive

use of the marital home, and attorney fees. However, all judges require the parties to attempt to mediate these issues before allowing a hearing to be set.

Mediation is a process where the parties attempt to reach an agreement with the assistance of an impartial neutral third party. The mediator does not make any decisions, but only attempts to get the parties to enter into a Marital Settlement

Agreement. If the parties are able to reach an agreement, the judge will approve the agreement and enter a Final Judgment which incorporates the agreement into the Final Judgment. This way the agreement is no longer just a private contract, but a court order that can be punished by a Judicial Order of Contempt.

If the parties are unable to reach a settlement, then the case will be set for

a trial before the judge. Parties are not entitled to jury trials in family law cases. However, the same rules of evidence apply at a divorce trial as any other civil case. The judge will then enter a Final Judgment which legally dissolves the marriage and governs the division of the assets, establishes custody, visitation, and child support. It is important that your Florida divorce lawyer is

familiar with the Florida Rules of Evidence and Civil Procedure. If either party thinks that the judge made a legal mistake during the trial or the judge abused his discretion, that party can file an appeal to the appellate court for review. If the appellate court reverses the lower court?s ruling, it can send the case back to the original trial judge.