Florida Child Support Attorney
Tampa Child Support Lawyer
States have specific guidelines that determine the amount of child support that must be paid. The guidelines and criteria used to make child-support determinations may differ from state to state. The court in each jurisdiction will order an amount of child support based upon the state guidelines and factors such as the parents’ ability to pay support and the needs of the child. Additionally, the court usually has the deference to depart from state guidelines in certain circumstances.
When determining child custody and visitation issues, the court applies the “best interests of the child” standard. To determine the child’s best interests, the court may consider many factors, such as:
- The child’s wishes
- The parent’s ability to care for his or her child
- The health of the child and the parents
- Who has been the child’s primary caretaker
- If there has been any history of abuse
Contact our Tampa-based law firm to speak with an attorney who will be able to answer your questions during a free telephone consultation. Call 813-337-7744 or complete our online form.