Skilled Counsel on Support Obligations

Whether a child's parents have gotten divorced or were never married in the first place, that child deserves financial support from both parents to the best of their ability. When a couple that has previously formed an economic unit gets divorced, one spouse may also have a right to financial support.

Both parties will be required to disclose all financial accounts and pay records as part of this process.
There are several types of alimony: permanent periodic, durational, rehabilitative, transitional/bridge the gap and temporary.

At Law Offices of James C. Campbell, P.A., in Shalimar, Florida, we help clients pursue fair child and spousal support outcomes. Contact us to talk to experienced family lawyer.

Ensuring Children Get the Support They Deserve

Child support in Florida is based on a formula that takes into account the income of each parent. Once the basic child support amount is determined, it can be supplemented by specific obligations for medical coverage, life insurance, day care and other expenses. Each party will be required to complete a financial affidavit that must be filed with the court as part of this process

As a "rule of thumb" way of estimating one's initial child support obligation use the following percentages of one's net from all sources: one child 21 percent, two children 33 percent, three children 44 percent, four children 48 percent. The only allowable deductions from gross income to determine net income are federal withholding taxes, Social Security, Medicare and health insurance for that parent. Note: day care, health insurance, etc., are over and above the basic child support calculations. Also, if a payer spouse or parent exercises at least 20 percent of the 365 annual time sharing opportunities, that person could receive a reduction in child support. The more overnights actually exercised over and above the 20 percent figure, the greater the reduction. As the percentage of overnights increase the "Rule of Thumb" becomes less reliable

One major issue in some child support cases is accurately measuring the income of someone who owns a business, holds multiple jobs or earns irregular income. We can help you pursue a fair income determination for yourself or your spouse.

The state of Florida's administrative child support enforcement procedure can be time-consuming. When you need immediate action on child support enforcement, we can help.

Our attorneys can also help you seek modification of a child support obligation when the circumstances underlying the determination (the income of the parents and the supplemental needs of the child) have permanently changed (refer to Florida statute 61.30). The change of circumstances must be substantial, material and unanticipated at the entry of the last support order and the change of circumstances must have occurred since the entry of the last order. You cannot relitigate the same facts over and over. This is referred to as res judicata, or the matter has already been adjudicated.

Contact us to learn more about your rights under the Florida child support laws and how we can help you pursue a desirable outcome. We serve clients in Okaloosa County and throughout the Panhandle.

Understanding Alimony in Florida

Spousal support, also known as alimony or spousal maintenance, is designed to maintain the lifestyle of one spouse who, during the marriage, came to depend economically on the other spouse. Alimony can be granted permanently or temporarily and depends on factors like the length of the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage and the disparity in income between the spouses. Refer to Florida Statute 61.08.

The court may also grant temporary support to one spouse during the divorce process and may grant spousal maintenance when a couple separates but does not divorce.