2011 Leads to Major Changes in Child Support Guidelines in Florida
First, any new child support orders are now written to automatically terminate (without an additional visit to court) upon the child turning 18, unless there are extenuating circumstances that would extend the order. Also, if there are multiple children, the child support amount will be pre-calculated and broken out to reflect the amount owed over time as each child turns 18 and their portion of the support ends.
Second, a huge is change is how the child support amount itself is calculated. Previously, this was based on a mathematical formula based on each parent’s gross income and how much “overnight” parenting time each parent was responsible for— now, the child support amount will be customized for each parenting situation and a lower number of overnights (as little as 73 per year) will now be considered “Substantial Time Sharing” and will change the child support amount owed.
These changes could affect how much you owe or receive for child support in the state of Florida. If you are beginning the process of establishing a child support order or divorcing, contact attorney at law, John Pangallo for a consultation at (941) 954-3611.
New Alimony Law Takes Effect in Florida
The new law requires that for “permanent alimony” to be awarded in cases of short-term (less than 7 years) and moderate-term marriages (7 to 17 years) there must be “clear and convincing” evidence of “exceptional circumstances”.
An example of an “exceptional circumstance” might be in a case where one spouse become totally and permanently disabled during the course of the marriage.
New protections have been added to the law to make sure that complying with the alimony awarded does not leave one spouse with significantly less money than the other. You can read the new statute for free online at: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0000-0099/0061/Sections/0061.08.html
If you are divorcing and you or your spouse is likely to request alimony, it is important to seek the counsel of a qualified family law attorney. Attorney at law, John Pangallo, can be reached at (941) 954-3611 for a free consultation.
John Pangallo Law Office
2201 Ringling Blvd # 205
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone: (941) 954-3611