Child custody is a legal term that describes the maintenance, care, and control of a minor child. Usually, this is settled during divorce proceedings, but a family law attorney may also file motions for this type of court order if the parents of a child were never married in the first place, or in situations where paternity is being established.
Child custody is regulated by state and federal law, and in Florida, the courts determine who gets custody during a divorce, who pays what amount of child support, and other important decisions relating to any minor children. According to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and state law, the best interests of the child must be given the highest priority.
In Jacksonville, Florida the child custody laws include child support guidelines, and these must be followed when setting an amount to be paid. The amount of support set will be determined by the number of children, the age of the children, the specific situation and circumstances, the income of both parents, and other relevant factors.
Child support must usually be paid until the minor child graduates from high school or reaches 19 years of age, whichever comes first. A family law attorney can motion the court to change the amount of child support set if the circumstances change, such as an increase or decrease in income for one parent. Any child support that has not been paid since the separation may be ordered by the court to be re-paid, this is also known as arrears.
If you are considering divorce or are engaged in a custody dispute then you need a family law lawyer on your side. Someone like Adam Sacks, at the Sacks and Sacks Family Law Firm who has the knowledge and experience needed to look out for you and your children. Call us today at (904) 396-5557 for a free consultation.
“The Basics of Florida Child Custody Law.” attorneys.com http://www.attorneys.com/child-custody/florida/florida-child-custody-law-basics Accessed 9 August 2020.
Edward J. Jennings, P.A. “Five Surprising Reasons a Parent May Lose Custody in Florida.” ejj-law.comhttps://www.ejj-law.com/five-surprising-reasons-a-parent-may-lose-custody-in-florida/ Accessed 9 August 2020.