PINELLAS COUNTY DIVORCE/FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY
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Pinellas County Child Support Attorney

As your child support attorney servicing the Pinellas Park area, it is important you hire an attorney that is well versed in the area of child support law. There are many nuances in this area of law, and if not prepared, you could end up in a precarious situation. We have been servicing the Pinellas County area for 4+ years, and have many satisfied clients.

Child Support Law

Child support in Florida is governed by statute. In a proceeding for dissolution of marriage, the court may at any time order either or both of the parents, who owe a duty of support to a child, to pay support in accordance with the child support guidelines. [Fla. Stat Section 61.13(1)(a).] Effective October 1, 2010, changes to Fla Stat Section 61.13(1)(a) provide that child support may be paid to a third party. Further changes provide that all child support orders entered on or after October 1, 2010, must provide the following: (a) for child support to terminate on a child’s 18th birthday unless the court finds or previously found that section 743.07(2) applies, or the parties agree otherwise; and (b) a schedule, based on the record existing at the time of the order, stating the amount of the monthly child support obligation for all the minor children at the time of the order and the amount of child support that will be owed for any remaining children after one or more of the children are no longer entitled to receive child support; and (c) the month, day, and year that the reduction or termination of child support becomes effective. Fla Stat. Section 743.07(2) states that a court is not prohibited from awarding support for a dependent person beyond the age of 18 when dependency is because of a mental or physical incapacity that began prior to such person reaching majority or if the person is dependent in fact, between the ages of 18 and 19, and still in high school, performing in good faith with a reasonable expectation of graduation before the age of 19. Effective October 1, 2010, unless a child is in high school at the time of the entry of the final judgment, child support shall end at age 18, with no other contingencies. A motion to extend child support will need to be filed prior to the child’s 18th birthday if the child is dependent in fact, between the ages of 18 and 19, and still in high school, performing in good faith with a reasonable expectation of graduation before the age of 19. Instead of one child support guidelines schedule, now additional child support schedules have to provide for years in the future based on current income stating the amount of the monthly child support obligation for all the minor children at the time of the order and the amount of child support that will be owed for any remaining children after one or more of the children are no longer entitled to receive child support; and the month, day, and year that the reduction or termination of child support becomes effective. All child support schedules should be attached to the final judgment as court files may be purged, leaving only a final judgment.

If you find yourself in a situation where you believe you need assistance with your child support matter, please give us a ring. We offer in-office and over the phone consultations, and will provide you with sound advice.  

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