Child Support

Child support is the obligation to make payments for the financial care and support of your child during and after a separation or divorce. Courts may order one parent to pay a specific amount to the other parent to cover part of a child's expenses, such as: Food, clothing, housing, education, health insurance, medical care, activities, child care, and special needs. Both parents have the responsibility to support their children in accordance with their needs and your financial abilities. Support may be by direct payment or by income deduction order, which is automatically deducted by the payor spouse's employer. Any overdue child support can be collected from:

  • Federal and state income tax refunds
  • Liens placed on property
  • Selling property

Each state uses different guidelines to calculate how much a parent should pay for child support. Some items may include:

  • Parents' incomes
  • Parents' assets (property, investments and so forth)
  • Child's medical expenses
  • Daycare costs
  • Time child spends with the non-custodial parent
  • Children's ages
  • Child support or alimony from a prior marriage
  • Insurance costs

Ordinarily, the obligation to support your child ends when that child reaches 18, marries, or becomes financially independent. If you are having trouble getting your child's support or want to revise your case, call the Law Offices of Jorge L. Gonzalez, P.A. at (305) 227-4700 (Miami), or (305) 888-7177 (Hialeah) for a free consultation.


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