Diligent Tampa Lawyer Presses for Fair Child Support Determinations
Experienced Florida litigator assists with modifications and enforcement
Regardless of whether they were ever married, if parents break up, a mother or father who does not have residential custody of their child is required to pay child support. These payments are designed to provide funds necessary to meet the child’s needs, and failure to abide by the order can lead to serious sanctions under the Florida Child Support Enforcement Program. Therefore, it is extremely important to hire an experienced family lawyer who can assert your rights in the establishment, modification and enforcement of child support orders. At the Law Office of Patricia Palma, P.A. in Tampa, attorney Patricia Palma has been a strong advocate for mothers’ and fathers’ rights for 18 years and delivers assertive legal support in these situations.
Accomplished firm handles a full range of child support issues
Our family law firm has fought for the best interests of children and parents since 2000. We represent a diverse group of Gulf Coast clients in child support matters:
- Establishment — In most cases, Florida child support rates are set according to a formula that evaluates each parent’s income, the time sharing schedule with the children and the cost of medical coverage and childcare. Although this calculation would appear to be straightforward, hiding income or misrepresentation regarding expenses can lead to complicated disputes. Our firm works to ensure that accurate information is used in these determinations.
- Modification — Even if a compelling reason exists to change the rate you are required to pay, you must first petition the court and receive approval before adjusting your payments. When a job loss, medical problem or some other significant event occurs, we assist with modification requests.
- Enforcement — If your co-parent is in arrears or you have been accused of failing to meet your requirements under a child support order, our firm will take prompt, effective action on your behalf.
- Termination — Usually, child support obligations end when the youth reaches age 18. However, payments continue to be required when a 19-year-old is still in high school. If a paternity issue exists, we can advise you of your legal options to establish or terminate child support.
Whether you’re going through a divorce or another type of breakup or require assistance with some other child support issue, our firm will effectively guide you through the legal process.
Contact a dedicated Florida child support lawyer to schedule an appointment
The Law Office of Patricia Palma, P.A. represents Florida clients in child support matters and a full range of family litigation. We assist parents in Hillsborough, Polk, Pasco, Pinellas and Manatee counties. Please call 813-693-5158 or contact us online to schedule a meeting at our Tampa office.