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Every child has a right to be supported by both of his or her parents. The law provides legal statutes to ensure that right is enforced. Child support, while a payment from the non-residential parent to the primary residential parent, is solely intended for the basic needs of the child (or children).
Child support is not a punishment, and it is not a payment the "payee" has the discretion to refuse to pay or modify on their own. Child Support laws exist for the basic financial support of the child.
So how much child support should be paid?
That depends on many factors that may differ from one child support case to another. The amount of child support that must be paid is based on the Florida Child Support Guidelines. Florida's minimum child support guidelines are set based on Combined Monthly Net Income of the of the "payee." After the minimum amount of child support has been determined, additional factors are considered in accordance with the Florida Child Support Guidelines. Some of these additional factors may include, but are not limited to:
A modification to increase or decrease the amount of the amount of child support that has been ordered may be modified through a petition of the court by either party if there is a significant unforeseen change in financial circumstances has occurred.
Non-compliance in paying child support may sometimes result in a child support enforcement action. This could lead to court-ordered wage garnishments, penalties, or even criminal charges. On the other side of the coin, if a situation exists and can be proven that the parent receiving the child support payments is not using the payments as intended and is spending the money on things other than the child (or children), this could result in legal action that could sometimes result in a change as to who the primary residential parent will be going forward.
Make sure you are fully aware of your legal rights, as well as the rights of your child (children).
Call Attorney, Kimberly M. Soto at 321.972.2279 about your child support, divorce, or other family law need.
The Soto Law Office, P.A. is conveniently located in Altamonte Springs, FL near I-4, and proudly serves Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia Counties.
The Soto Law Office, P.A.
Monday - Friday
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Evening and weekend hours available by appointment.
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Kimberly M. Soto is the Owner and Managing Attorney of The Soto Law Office, P.A.
Ms. Soto is a member of the Florida Bar Association and Orange County Bar Association, including their Young Lawyers Sections.
Ms. Soto was awarded her Juris Doctor Degree from The George Washington University Law School.
Ms. Soto was awarded her Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations from the honors program at Rollins College, and graduated Magna cum laude.
Ms. Soto is also a member of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and the Citrus Club.