The Carroll Law FirmThe Carroll Law Firm

Fort Lauderdale Based Child Support Lawyer

Ensuring Every Child's Future is Bright and Secure — Your Child Support Advocates.

Child Support Overview

If you will be paying child support or you will be receiving child support, it can be complicated. Determining child support is a mathematical calculation that can be complex and confusing and having an experienced attorney will help to make sure the child support determination is correct.

Whether the parents are married, divorced, or were never married, Florida law requires both parents to financially support their minor children until each child reaches 18 years of age (or no later than 19 years of age if the child is in high school with a reasonable expectation of graduating by the age of 19), marries, joins the Armed Forces, dies, or becomes emancipated.

To determine the amount of child support each party is responsible to pay, child support guidelines are used by the court, which contain a specific mathematical formula. The factors, include:

  • the parents' gross earnings from all sources and the appropriate deductions,
  • the time-sharing arrangement and number of overnights each parent has with the child(ren),
  • the amounts paid for the child's medical and/or dental insurance, and
  • the amounts paid for the child's daycare.

The largest factor in calculating child support is the parents' income. In certain circumstances, the Court may set child support higher or lower than the amounts provided for in the guidelines.

It is in your best interest to seek the guidance of a skilled and experienced attorney as soon as possible, as child support guidelines may be deviated from in some cases. The Carroll Law Firm is here to help you work through the child support issue.

Common Questions

Here are the two most common questions clients ask us regarding divorce:

  • How long will this take? The duration of a child support case can vary greatly depending on several factors, including the complexity of your situation, the responsiveness of both parties, and the specific procedures of your local court system. Generally, it may take a few months to reach a resolution, but more complex cases could take longer. Rest assured, we will work diligently to expedite the process while ensuring your child's best interests are prioritized.

  • How much will this cost? The cost of child support representation can vary based on the complexity of your case. We offer transparent fee structures and strive to find a solution that fits your needs and budget. Schedule a consultation to discuss your specific situation and get a clear understanding of the associated costs.

The Legal Process

Here's a general overview of the steps involved in navigating child support with us. From initial consultations to final agreements, we break down each stage, providing clarity and guidance to help you understand what to expect. Our aim is to make the legal journey as smooth and informed as possible, ensuring you feel supported at every turn.

  1. Initial Consultation: We begin by thoroughly assessing your case, gathering all necessary financial documents, and understanding your family's unique needs to establish a fair child support arrangement.

  2. Negotiation and Mediation: Our next step is to engage in negotiations or mediation, aiming to reach an amicable agreement on child support terms that safeguard your child's well-being and financial security.

  3. Legal Filing and Enforcement: Finally, we'll prepare and file the required legal documents with the court. Once the court finalizes the child support order, we ensure it is properly enforced, providing peace of mind and stability for your child's future.