How Can I Accurately Calculate Child Support for Special Needs Children in Florida?
Florida divorce law places a primary focus on addressing all the needs of children when determining the details of divorce settlements. Toward that goal, the courts provide excellent tools to help parents identify the financial needs of their children — including considerations involving the need for anything from medical care to special schooling. However, it often takes the skills of an experienced attorney to use the tools effectively to protect your rights and the rights of your children.
The Florida Courts provide a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet online that takes parents through the calculations needed to determine their individual responsibilities to provide financial support for their children. Basic calculations begin by determining the total income of both spouses and using a table to identify financial needs based on the number of children. However, before calculating the share the parents pay based on their proportionate share of income and other financial resources, the worksheet requires itemized listings of the additional expenses required to care for any children with special needs.
The courts typically require divorcing parties to deliver financial affidavits on each other in addition to serving a copy of the Worksheet to a spouse and filing it in the Circuit Court. The Worksheet appears relatively straightforward. However, during the stress of divorce, many people may not consider all the details. Experienced Boca Raton child support attorneys often identify issues that can play a major role in ensuring your children receive the full financial support they need.
The attorneys at Weiner & Weiss, LLC have nearly four decades of experience assessing the full financial needs of your children and helping ensure both parents meet their obligations. We take the time to make sure you understand the child support guidelines and the process required by Florida law to make payments.