Experienced Sarasota Attorneys Handle Child Support Concerns
Knowledgeable firm advises parents on relevant Florida laws
When parents live apart, child support arrangements can trigger conflict and confusion. At Sessums Law Group, P.A. in Sarasota, our experienced attorneys help take the guesswork out of the process for Florida clients. From the start, we’ll assess what the payment obligation will be based on the state’s formula and extraneous factors that exist. Whether you are slated to make or receive payments, we’ll make sure that accurate information is presented to the court during the determination process. From there, our firm advocates for enforcement of the child support order’s terms and appropriate modifications when necessary.
Skilled lawyers advocate for clients in modification and enforcement actions
If you’re a parent going through a divorce in the Sarasota area or share a child with someone whom you never married, our firm provides knowledgeable counsel on every aspect of child support concerns, including:
- Factors — Under Florida’s child support formula, each parent’s income plus what each pays for daycare and health insurance are typically factored into the rate that a parent must pay. However, the judge can make changes if special circumstances exist.
- Modifications — Changes are only permitted to child support upon approval by the court. No matter how compelling your case might be, you cannot take matters into your own hands. We gather the necessary information and make a compelling argument for adjustments based on financial changes and other circumstances. A petition can be filed under Florida law if the shift in the child support rate would be at least 15 percent or $50, whichever is greater.
- Enforcement — Strong measures are in place to ensure that noncustodial parents honor their child support obligations completely and on time. Don’t hesitate to take action if a payment is missing or late. Our firm takes assertive action to enforce child support orders and also assists parents who are wrongly accused of avoiding their responsibilities.
- Termination — Typically, child support responsibilities run until the child turns 18 years of age. However, payments are required for 19-year-olds until they graduate from high school. In some instances, a noncustodial parent might be obligated to contribute to higher education costs either through an agreement between the parents or at the court’s direction.
Though child support calculations might seem like a simple matter, an experienced family lawyer will make the process easier and can identify possible issues, such as someone who is failing to report income accurately or purposely remaining unemployed to evade child support obligations.
Contact a thorough Sarasota child support lawyer to schedule a consultation
Sessums Law Group, P.A. represents Florida parents in a full range of Florida child support proceedings, including modification and enforcement actions. Please call 813-435-5058 or contact us online to make an appointment at our Sarasota office. We also have locations in Tampa, Lakeland and Sebring.