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Determining Child Support

Determining Child Support in Tampa, FL

Tampa Child Support Lawyer

Each state has different guidelines when it comes to calculating how much a parent owes each month for child support. It is based on the parents' net income, which is the gross income that takes acceptable deductions into account. These deductions include state, local, and federal tax deductions, insurance payments, spousal support, etc. When the total monthly income is determined, the court will decide how many children need financial support, and will create a percentage of the total income that each parent needs to pay.

Factors that affect the amount of support that must be paid include:

  • Which parent makes up the majority of combined income
  • Special needs of the children
  • The number of children
  • How often the children stay with each parent

What is the purpose of child support?

Child support is used to cover a child or children's expenses, which can include food, hobbies, and transportation. When the court determines the child support payments, they will decide who will receive the payments, and how they will be paid. Oftentimes, the court orders the payments to be made to the parent with whom the child lives, and the other parent must send his or her child support payment to him or her. The parent who has the child then combines the child support payments and applies it to the child's expenses.

The court may also have parents pay child support to the state disbursement unit, where the money is collected, noted, and disbursed to the proper parent. Child support payments may also be taken out of paychecks on a voluntary or automatic schedule. The parents must pay the court ordered amount of child support, and cannot at any time pay a lower amount unless it has been approved by the court.


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The Tampa child support attorney at the Law Offices of Manuel Fajardo is able to help clients through any stage of the divorce process. Attorney Fajardo is fluent in both English and Spanish, and will do whatever he can to fight for his clients' rights. His firm offers a free case evaluation form, which can be filled out below and submitted online. Not only does he represent clients in Tampa, but he proudly serves residents throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco County as well.

Reach our firm today to see how we can help you reach a favorable resolution for your child support issues.

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