Pensacola, FL- Divorce can be an ugly affair all around, but child custody-related issues can plague a couple’s divorce and continue to be an acrimonious issue long after the ink has dried on their divorce settlement. Who will custody and who will play child support are issues that are never completely resolved and persist even after both parents have move. Misconceptions about child support also persist, two of which we will talk about here.
One of the most common misconceptions is: Most people don’t pay child support as ordered by law. That’s a very persistent myth and not entirely true. The majority of parents in Florida and the U.S. do pay their child support. The Centers for Disease Control says 73 percent of parents in the country make their child support payments. What’s more, and this is good news, most parents aren’t intentionally shirking their parental responsibilities, only 15 percent of parents refuse to comply with family court order and never pay their child support. And 11 percent made attempts of pay child support, but did so sporadically. Life can be difficult for the child or the parent who needs the financial support from the 27 percent of parents who don’t make their child support payments.
If your estranged spouse is missing child support payments or refuses to comply with a divorce settlement, one of our child custody lawyers in Florida can help. They understand the process and will work hard for your child’s best interest.
Many people don’t realize that child support is not a payment you make once a month like your power bill and that is the end of their financial responsibility. That is another common misconception. Monthly child support is a fixed amount that one parent pays to parent with custody, but child support doesn’t stop there. There are situations that can arise which requires a parent to come up additional financial support. A medical emergency is a good example of such a situation when a parent will have financial obligations beyond their divorce settlement.
Child support in Florida is typically determine by a formula which considers: both parents’ gross income, health insurance and medical expenses for the child, support needed for necessary care and other expenses the child for the welfare of a child such as school tuition and some travel expenses. Parents need to be prepared for unexpected expenses when it comes to their children whether they have primary custody or not.
If need help with family law or a divorce, USAttorneys can connect you with an attorney who specializes in family law and child support issues to assist your with any need you may have. If you need help getting one parent to pay, they can help. Our team of divorce lawyers in Florida can also help you get the terms of your child support agreement changed if that is what you need. Contact one of our lawyers today.