The laws that govern child custody and visitation rights in the state of Florida encourage the parents to negotiate a detailed parenting plan. Child support, on the other hand, is determined by the court based on statutory criteria, particularly the income levels of the parents.
These issues can become quite complex and require the attention of an experienced attorney who can help you protect your interests. At the Niceville, Florida, Law Office of Michael D. Weinstock, P.A., we have worked with countless clients in all types of family law matters including child custody and support. Following is important information for you to know.
Parenting Plans According To Florida Laws
In late 2008, Florida law changed from awarding one parent physical custody of a child and the other having visitation rights to a new, more detailed way of allotting shared parenting time called a parenting plan. It is best if parents agree to a plan and submit it to the court rather than letting the court make this important decision. Our firm can help you negotiate the details of a parenting plan and arrive at an agreement that works for everyone.
Determining Child Support
Once the divorce agreement has been finalized, the court determines the amount of child support that will be paid from one parent to the other. The court will consider the divorce settlement, including property division and spousal support. The parenting plan will also be considered. The more time a parent has custody of the child the less support the parent will be required to pay. Finally, the court looks at income levels of each parent.
We Look Out For You And Your Children
At the Law Office of Michael D. Weinstock, P.A., we are committed to seeing that you receive a fair settlement in these matters, and we will work diligently toward that end. Complete a brief online form or call us locally at 850-389-4025 or toll free at 866-526-6762 to schedule a consultation with our lawyer.
We offer consultations by appointment during evenings and weekends. Additionally, as a client, you may reach our certified paralegal 24/7 in case of an emergency.