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Sarasota Child Support Lawyer

The calculation and determination of child support, if any, is necessary in every divorce or separation case involving minor children.   Every parent must financially support their child. What is often missed in these cases is that the right to child support actually belongs to the child. 

The amount of support to be exchanged between parties and enforcement of that support is often the subject of expensive and time-consuming litigation in Florida. 

At McDermott Law Offices, PLLC, we represent divorcing, separating, or never-married parents in this matter. Our firm seeks to resolve child support disputes outside court through negotiation, mediation, or collaborative law. These methods help you avoid the time, expense, and stress of courtroom litigation. 

However, where issues cannot be resolved through these methods, you can rely on the trial experience of Attorney McDermott, who has spent over 20 years fighting for the rights and interests of Florida parents and children. 

Book a confidential consultation with our Sarasota child support attorney by email on our contact form or by phone at (941) 837-5071

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Paternity & Child Support

Child support is often a vital issue in paternity cases that must be resolved. If paternity is established, the court must order a parent to pay child support according to the guidelines. The father can also seek visitation rights once paternity has been established. Paternity cases can be complex, and working with an experienced family law attorney is essential to protect your rights and interests.

Child Support Modifications & Enforcement

Child support orders can be modified if a parent or child’s circumstances significantly change. This might include a parental job loss, increased income, or a change in custody arrangements. To modify a child support order, either parent can file a request with the court outlining the change in circumstances. If both parents agree on the modification, they can submit a joint petition to modify the order.

If one parent fails to pay child support, enforcing the order through various legal means is possible. As the recipient of child support, you must seek enforcement through a petition to the court. Where delinquency is shown, courts can enforce the support through wage garnishment, or interception of tax refunds.

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