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Florida child support guidelines

Florida parents dealing with child support concerns may wonder how amounts are computed and what to expect when modifications are needed. A number of issues are taken into consideration by the court, including a child's age, needs, standard of living and stage of life. Additionally, the financial condition and abilities of each parent may be taken into consideration. While guidelines based on income direct the amount of support to be ordered, a variation of 5 percent more or less than that amount may be ordered with appropriate justification.

How grandparents' visitation rights are granted

Although the laws are not the same in every state, grandparents in Florida do have the right to petition the court for visitation of their grandchild if they are being denied visitation by the child's parents. The court will grant visitation to the grandparent if the judge rules that certain criteria is met and the visitation order would be in the child's best interest.

What to do when your ex won't or can't pay child support?

Florida custodial parents may be interested in how the law can help them to enforce a child support order for their children. In many cases, certain actions can be taken to punish the parent who is in arrears. After a child support order is approved by a court, the power of the court can be used to enforce it if the required payments are not made. In Florida, there is a specific procedure to follow in cases where there are delinquent payments. First, the payee parent should alert the state child support office in their area. The child support office will then use the Department of Revenue to persuade the other party to make their payments.

Factors when determining child custody in Florida

Because the splitting up of a family can have a major emotional impact on a child, Florida judges try to make decisions that are in the best interest of the child. As a result, one parent may be given more time with their child than the other, especially if the child has school and other extracurricular activities to attend.

Help during child support disputes

Becoming involved in child support disputes can be a trying experience for many Florida residents. In addition to the emotional stress, laws regarding support vary between states, and cases involving families that have recently relocated and divorced in Florida may be handled differently by the courts. However, working with a law firm that has experience in such cases might be able to help make proceeding easier on all of the involved parties.

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