It’s not uncommon for parents to decide to part ways and raise their children separately. Some parents are able to work things out without going to court, but oftentimes the court needs to step in and help determine each parent’s rights.
Child support payments are often contested in these situations. Your former spouse may think you owe more than you think you do. If you go to court, you may find the court is on your side. If the court orders child support payments, however, you may find yourself owing more than you originally thought.
In fact, in paternity actions, dissolution of marriages, or petitions for support during marriage, the court has the discretion to award child support retroactive to the date when the parents did not reside together. The court can order payments from up to 24 months in the past.
In making this decision, the court takes numerous things into consideration, including your income and how much you may have already paid. Whether you are trying to decrease your payments or increase the payments you receive, the process can be easier with a Florida Family Law Attorney. Regardless of your situation, contact a Florida Family Law Attorney today to discuss the options that are best for you.