Dependable Tampa Child Support Lawyers
Tampa child support attorneys advocating for your rights and the rights of your children
At Baccarella & Baccarella, P.A., our Tampa child support attorneys uphold the rights of your children to receive the financial support required for a healthy, happy upbringing. Because both parents share in the responsibility of raising your child under Florida law, we strive to protect your support rights and ensure that the financial burden is divided fairly between both parents.
Child support in Tampa, Florida
Both parents have a duty to support their children based on their standard of living and ability to do so. Child support is awarded by the court based on Florida State guidelines, which use an income shares model to calculate child support. Under this model, the court combines the adjusted gross incomes of both parents, minus certain deductions, to determine the amount of Tampa child support the children would have received if their family had remained intact. This amount is then divided proportionally between the parents based on their income and the number of children and adjusted based on the children’s healthcare and childcare costs and other needs.
When calculating the income of each parent, the court considers almost all your assets each month:
- Salary or wages
- Bonuses, commissions, allowances, overtime, tips and other similar payments
- Business income from self-employment, partnerships, close corporations and independent contracts
- Disability benefits
- Workers’ compensation benefits and settlements
- Unemployment compensation
- Pension, retirement or annuity payments
- Social security benefits
- Spousal support received from a previous marriage
- Interest and dividends
- Rental income
- Income from royalties, trusts, or estates
- Reimbursed expenses or in kind payments
- Recurring property gains
Protecting your child support rights
Although parents cannot pay less than the minimum established under Florida guidelines, our Tampa child support lawyers can help you work out payment arrangements through a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, or a negotiated marital settlement agreement after divorce in Tampa, for more than the minimum. If you are a mother seeking child support from a father who you were not married to, we help you establish paternity to obtain the child support your children need for a happy, healthy life.
In addition, we assist parents with the modification of support when the parent paying support receives a financial windfall or increased income, or if you suffer a financial loss and cannot continue paying the same amount of support. If the other parent willfully refuses to pay support as ordered, we aggressively pursue all avenues of enforcement. To learn more about modifying or enforcing your children’s financial support, please see our page on Modifications and Enforcement.
Contact us today for prompt and professional assistance
At Baccarella & Baccarella, we understand that there is nothing more important than protecting the health, welfare and happiness of your children. We help you do so by ensuring that their financial support is fairly shared between you and the other parent. To learn more about our high quality representation, please see our practice areas or schedule a personalized, free consultation by calling us at 813-254-8998 or contacting us online.