Child Support Attorney Serving New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs to Hudson & Clearwater, Largo, St. Petersburg
Temporary Relief, Child Support Orders, Modifications of Child Support
At the law firm of Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, we know how important it is for a custodial parent to receive child support. The parent who is receiving child support depends on that support to contribute to the children’s or child’s basic needs.
Alternatively, attorney Doyle-Palumbo realizes that the parent paying child support often times meet challenging circumstances which if not addressed, can create financial and legal problems for the parent who is ordered to pay child support. Making sure the child support amount is calculated properly and all income is reported to the courts as well as obtaining the proper credits is best done during initial child support hearings to alleviate any future problems in the amount that is either needed by the custodial parent, or the amount that the non-custodial parent will be ordered to pay.
In Florida, child support is calculated using the income of both parents as well as the time spent in each of the parent’s home (time sharing/custody).
Income is defined as:
Income from Employment
Royalties and dividends
Other support such as alimony from a previous marriage
Self-employment income (less expenses)
Worker’s compensation benefits
Bonuses, tips and commissions
Court ordered (and paid) support for other children
Social security income
The income from both parents is calculated to determine a percentage amount to begin the process of calculating child support.
Child Custody or Time Sharing as it Relates to Calculating Child Support
When calculating child support in Florida also considered is the time that is spent with both parents, giving credit to the non-custodial parent for the number of days in a year that the children or child spends at their home and take into consideration how much time the child (or children) spend with each parent. This ensures that this parent’s expenditures for caring for the children are covered while in their care. If you need a New Port Richey divorce attorney or child custody lawyer to represent you to obtain your time sharing sharing rights, or you are seeking primary custody of a child or children call our office to schedule a consultation.
When you are divorcing in Florida, it is important that your divorce lawyer truly understands Florida child support laws. There are situations where a skilled child support lawyer can help in uncovering “hidden” income or making sure that the proper amount of credit is given to the non-custodial parent, obtaining income deduction orders for child support or daycare expenses is necessary. Clients can often times have challenging child support cases and a skilled divorce attorney or child support lawyer can make a huge difference in the amount of child support that will be ordered by the courts.
Establishing Paternity – New Port Richey, Hudson, St. Petersburg, Clearwater/Largo
Unmarried parents who are seeking child support, time sharing or child custody in Pinellas or Pasco County Florida can initiate a lawsuit to ensure they obtain the support they need or the time sharing they deserve. If you need to establish paternity in the 6th Judicial Circuit in Pasco or Pinellas counties, Wendy Doyle can assist you with the legal representation you need.
Child Support Modification Attorney – New Port Richey, Clearwater, Hudson, St. Petersburg
Modifications of child support are often necessary when there is a substantial change in circumstances, or in the case of when laws change regarding the calculations of support. If you need a New Port Richey divorce attorney, one is well versed in child support cases to provide legal representation for a child support modification, call Attorney Wendy Doyle-Palumbo for a free initial consultation.
Family Law Firm Serving Clients in Hudson and Pasco County and Pinellas County in Pinellas Park
Our family law firm has two locations to serve clients who need a divorce, child custody or child support lawyer in Clearwater, Largo, St. Petersburg, New Port Richey to Hudson, Florida. Attorney Doyle-Palumbo has many years of experience litigating child support and divorces in the 6th Judicial Circuit of Pasco and Pinellas County, Florida. Confident and ready to fight for your rights, call Wendy Doyle, family law attorney at (727) 824-5727 for a free initial consultation or contact us online here. Remember, after the initial order is set and if your circumstances change, it is better to try to modify your child support rather than face the consequences of non-payment should you find yourself unable to pay due to unforeseen circumstances or changes.
You Can Be Arrested or Served With a Lawsuit for Contempt of Non Payment of Child Support in New Port Richey, Clearwater/Largo or St. Petersburg, Florida.
In addition to losing your passport, driver’s license and many other rights, you can also be arrested for non-payment of your child support. The law states:
Contempt of Court for Non Payment of Child Support in Florida
If the noncustodial parent does not pay the ordered support on time, it is a violation of the support order. The Child Support Enforcement Program can ask the judge to find the noncustodial parent in contempt of court. The judge may order the noncustodial parent to pay a large sum of money or go to jail.
Arrest Warrants for Non Payment of Child Support in Florida
When a noncustodial parent fails to pay support, the court may issue an arrest warrant. The warrant is put on the statewide crime computer, which all Florida law enforcement agencies use. An officer can arrest the noncustodial parent at home, at work or even during a routine traffic stop.
Get the child support and time sharing you deserve! Child support lawyer Wendy Doyle-Palumbo represents clients in the following areas:
Holiday, New Port Richey, Port Richey, Trinity, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Clearwater, Largo, Belleair Beach, St. Petersburg, Florida and surrounding areas in the 6th Judicial Circuit of Pasco and Pinellas County, Florida.