Tampa Child Support Attorney
When two parents live apart or decide to end their relationship, the matter of child support will almost certainly arise. Both parents have the legal responsibility to provide adequate financial support for their child, even if the child does not reside with them. Because of the importance of child support determinations, anyone facing this type of legal matter should seek assistance from a qualified Tampa child support attorney. Attorney Paul E. Riffel understands the importance of a fair child support order and will represent your best interests and legal rights throughout the legal process in family court.
Child Support Determinations In Hillsborough County, Florida
Child support orders should be sufficient enough to properly provide for the child’s basic needs, but also should not be excessive or cause the payor to be unable to pay their own bills and expenses. Because of the need for this balance, Florida law sets out specific guidelines for child support determinations based on the respective incomes and expenses of each parent. Family courts have limited discretion to vary from the formula guidelines and may only vary the amount ordered by five percent based on the following factors:
- Special needs of the child;
- Age of the child;
- Standard of living previously enjoyed by the child;
- Station in life; and/or
- Ability of the parent to make the payments.
Modifying Child Support Orders
Though family courts aim to order a fair amount of child support, situations can change and the need to modify the support order may arise. Courts will not automatically approve such modifications, however, and you generally must prove that you have experienced a substantial change in circumstances to have a modification granted. Such changes can include loss of a job, disability or illness, divorce, and more. Tampa child support lawyer Paul E. Riffel can assist you in petitioning the court for a child support modification and sufficiently justifying your need for a change in the support amount based on your change in circumstances.
Enforcing Child Support Orders
Just because a court legally orders a parent to pay child support does not mean the parent will do so. Fortunately, there are many ways our office can assist you in enforcing the child support order, including:
- Filing a motion for the court to hold them in civil contempt;
- Requesting an enforcement order from the court;
- Obtaining a garnishment of wages, tax refunds, or bank accounts;
- Placing liens on real estate, vehicle titles, or personal property; and/or
- Having the delinquency reported to credit bureaus
These are only some of the tools that our firm has to help you collect unpaid child support.
Discuss Your Case With A Tampa Child Support Attorney As Soon As Possible
Child support determinations are extremely important and you should always ensure that your rights and the interests of your child are protected. At the Tampa office of attorney Paul E. Riffel, our Tampa Child Support Attorneys help parents on both sides of child support orders, so please call our office today at 813-265-1185 for assistance today.