Child support is often a contentious issue in divorce, but it is designed to satisfy the best interests of the children involved. When facing child support issues, it is important to work with a lawyer who can help you balance your goals with the best interests of the children. I am Florida family law attorney John D. Mills, and I have been assisting clients with child support matters since 1990.
Child Support is based on the income of the parties and any special needs the children might have. All of the requirements of child support, and the child support guidelines, can be found in Florida Statute 61.13. The Florida child support guidelines list a number of items that are factored into the calculations for child support payments, including:
- Income, which includes salary, bonuses, business income, disability benefits, workers' comp benefits, Social Security benefits, and income from trusts, estates and royalties.
- Federal and state taxes
- Union dues
- Health insurance payments
- Court-ordered child support for other children
- Spousal support
Lee County Support Enforcement Attorney
If a parent attempts to reduce child support payments by voluntarily becoming unemployed or underemployed, the court will determine that parent's earning capacity based on his or her qualifications and work history. If your former spouse attempts to circumvent the law by voluntarily becoming unemployed, I will take aggressive steps to ensure that you receive support for your child.
Contact The Law Office Of John D. Mills, P.A.
To learn more about child support guidelines in the state of Florida and how they are likely to affect you, contact me at my office in Fort Myers. Call 239-337-3535 or send an email.