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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Child Support

Because child support is complicated, seeking counsel from an Orlando divorce attorney experienced in child custody and child support issues is an important decision.  A knowledgeable lawyer will help you sort through the issues and aide you in providing financially for your children. 
In Orlando, Florida, the amount of child support paid by the non-custodial parent will be calculated using the guidelines in Florida Statue 61.30.  Both parents have a responsibility to support their children based on their financial ability.  This ability will be determined by income as well as earning potential.  A recent change in Florida law allows for income to be imputed or credited to any parent who is voluntarily underemployed or unemployed. 
            Another consideration in the calculation of child support is the number of overnights the children have with the non-custodial parent.  Previously, the non-custodial parent had to have at least 40 percent of overnights with the child in order to qualify for a departure from standard child support.  Another recent change in the law now requires a departure when the parent with fewer overnights has overnights with the children 20 percent of the time or more.
            Attorney Wade P. Luther can help you make sense of all these complicated rules and changes.  Please contact our office at (407) 835-9900 or visit our website at

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