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Child support is mandated by the court to take care of a child’s needs. It is a financial obligation typically assigned to the non-custodial parent. Are you having child support issues? A St. Petersburg child support attorney can help. With a family law professional on your side, you receive the guidance, strategy, and advocacy, you need to achieve the optimum outcome.
Golden Key Law provides critical legal services across family law and child support enforcement in St. Petersburg, FL.
Child Support Enforcement in St. Petersburg, FL
Dealing with the Child Support Enforcement of the Department of Revenue can be daunting. However, in most instances, it is unavoidable. A child support action is automatically initiated when a parent is seeking assistance from the State for food assistance, medical insurance, etc. The Department of Revenue can initiate an administrative case for child support and establish child support on their own or on behalf of a child’s parent. Although cases initiated by Child Support Enforcement are limited to establishing and enforcing child support obligations, ignoring child support notices sent to you via postal mail can have long-lasting and grave consequences. A child support attorney in St. Petersburg, FL, can advise you in making the best decisions moving forward.
Did you know that the Department of Revenue can enter a child support court order without your participation? They have the capability to obtain your financial information to calculate child support without your cooperation. Child Support Enforcement will calculate child support utilizing the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet. The steps to the child support guidelines are outlined in the Florida Statutes.
The main factors that are considered when determining the amount of child support are:
- the income of both of the parties,
- the amount that is paid for health insurance
- the amount that is paid for daycare
Child Support Enforcement will calculate the retroactive child support amount or back child support as well as the current child support amount. The Florida Statutes allow for retroactive child support to be calculated going back two years or the date of birth of the child, but it cannot exceed two years. The arrears can be great, and interest will be assessed as well to that amount. They also can enforce the child support order using various methods such as garnishment and even imprisonment. A child custody attorney in St. Petersburg understands the complexities of family law and helps clients in difficult circumstances regarding child support, leading as a strong legal advocate within the justice system.
How Golden Key Law Can Help
Whether you are owed child support or are a non-custodial parent dealing with child support enforcement, Golden Key Law has the experience and skills to advocate on your behalf within the powerful Florida judicial system. We will listen to the details of your particular situation, examine documentation, and fight hard for a fair outcome.
Child Support Attorneys You Can Trust
If you retain our law firm, we will ensure that your income is accurately reflected in the child support guidelines worksheet. We will also ensure that you receive credit for any child support that you provided prior to the action so that the retroactive child support reflects the amount that is actually owed. If you are providing health insurance or daycare, we will ensure that the general magistrate takes that into account.
It is important that you understand that Child Support Enforcement does not have the ability to determine timesharing or parental responsibility. If the parents acknowledge the percentage of overnights that both parents are sharing with the child(ren), then the timesharing will be taken into consideration and factored into child support calculations. However, if there is a disagreement as to the amount of timesharing regarding the amount of time that each of the parents is spending with the child, then a paternity action should be filed with the circuit court.
We routinely file paternity actions to establish parental responsibility, timesharing, and child support. Any order entered in the family law court will supersede an order entered in the Department of Revenue: Child Support Enforcement action. Call us today so that we can discuss your options to ensure that the child support that is owed is accurate and that you are obtaining the credit for the amount of time that you spend with your child(ren).
Take Action and Contact a St. Petersburg Child Support Attorney
When you work with a St. Petersburg child support attorney, you have a strong legal advocate working diligently to get the optimum outcome regarding child support enforcement issues. The legal consequences of inaction regarding child support are often very severe. Do not delay in seeking legal guidance.
At Golden Key Law, we unlock the door to your legal solutions — and ensure that your voice is heard.
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