Child Support in Fort Lauderdale
Divorce is a complex issue. If you have children, child support is just one more element you have to discuss when figuring out how to move forward after the divorce. At the office of Edward J. Jennings, P.A., we are experienced in divorce cases and will work hard to ensure that a fair child support agreement is reached.
What is Child Support?
Child support is money that is paid to the parent with primary custody, from the other parent. The purpose of child support is to provide financial compensation in order to offset the difference in income after the divorce.
How Much Will I Have to Pay?
The amount that you have to pay is dependent upon your income. If child support is ordered in your case, there is a calculation that will be performed to tell you exactly how much you will have to pay each month.
When Does Child Support End?
In most cases, child support ends when your child turns 18. On their 18th birthday, your child legally becomes an adult, which frees you of the child support obligations.
One way that child support can go on past the age of 18 is if your child will not have completed high school by this time. If your child is on track to graduate high school before they turn 19, child support can continue. In this situation, graduation from high school marks the date where child support is terminated.
What if My Child is Disabled?
If your child is disabled, child support can continue. If this is something that you know you will require, we can work to ensure that your child is properly provided for through their whole life.
If something happens that leads to your child becoming disabled, we can have your child support adjusted to accurately reflect their needs.
How is Child Support Adjusted?
If, after your divorce, you need to have your child support agreement adjusted, you have to attend a hearing with a judge to explain why you need it adjusted. These hearings can only go on until your child is 18, so if your child is disabled and you decide to continue child support, you have to schedule that adjustment hearing prior to their 18th birthday.
Why Would Child Support Be Adjusted?
Child support is based upon your income, so if you experience a significant change in income, it may be necessary to revisit your child support agreement to ensure that you are paying the right amount.
What about College?
Payment for college can be discussed, but it is not covered as an element of child support. You may decide that you want to include an agreement about financing college in your divorce agreement, but it is not inherently covered by child support.
What Do I Do Now?
At the office of Edward J. Jennings P.A., our Fort Lauderdale child support attorneys understand that a divorce is a difficult, emotional issue. We have years of experience and will handle your case with care and compassion. Reach out to us today for help.