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Child support bridges the gap after divorce, ensuring both parents share the financial responsibility. It’s not just numbered, but the echo of laughter between two homes, the whispered promise of their needs met, wherever they land. It’s the bedrock of stability, built with compassion and fairness, so their bright smiles shine as brightly as ever.

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Danielle was very responsive, professional and patiently talked me through the process.  I will definitely seek her out should I need an attorney in the future.

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How Child Support is calculated in Fort Lauderdale?

How Child Support is calculated in Fort Lauderdale?

Understanding Child Support calculation in Fort Lauderdale can be a complex process and often requires expert guidance. Ostrovsky Law can ensure clarity, confidence, and the protection of your child’s best interests.

Calculating child support in Fort Lauderdale goes beyond a simple income equation. While earnings play a central role, a tapestry of additional expenses shapes the support landscape, prioritizing your child’s well-being. Imagine this landscape as an archipelago, with income serving as the central landmass. Surrounding it, like verdant islands, lie factors that significantly impact the final support determination:

  1. Healthcare Costs: Ensuring your child’s health forms the bedrock of calculations. Costs like premiums, co-pays, and medications are considered.
  2. Childcare Expenses: If one parent relies on childcare, these costs can be equitably shared based on income.
  3. Educational Needs: From school supplies to potential private school tuition, the cost of your child’s education is factored in.

Child Support Modification in Fort Lauderdale:

Child support in Fort Lauderdale requires a formal court petition to adjust if a parent’s income changes significantly. Ostrovsky Law Firm recognizes the complexities of child support calculations, with Danielle’s extensive understanding of Fort Lauderdale family law ensuring the protection of your interests. Whether you’re dealing with a child support case independently or within a divorce, Danielle provides the necessary guidance and representation for a successful legal journey. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about how we can assist you.


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Child support

Child support is calculated using a formula. This formula takes into account a variety of factors including the gross incomes of both parties, the number of children involved, the number of overnights that the children spend with each parent, and the amount of the children’s health insurance. The amount reduces as each child emancipates. The formula is displayed on a document called a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet.

Child support is paid until the children reach the age of 18. However, if by the time the children reach the 18 and they have not yet graduated from high school, then child support will continue until the children reach the age of 19. If they graduate after they reach the age of 18 but not yet 19, the child support stops when they graduate.

No, unless it is specifically outlined in the Marital Settlement Agreement or Final judgment, payments made directly to the child are considered voluntary contributions and credit is not provided unless specifically mandated by the Court or by agreement of the parties.

On the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, there will be a percentage listed for the Mother and a percentage listed for the Father. Each parent is responsible to pay for the minor child’s out-of-pocket medical expenses based on their percentage listed on the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, which is called their pro rata share. In certain circumstances, the parties may agree to another arrangement.

Child Support: Child support is a legal obligation ensuring that both parents contribute financially to the upbringing of their children after a divorce or separation. The purpose is primarily financial, calculated based on factors like each parent’s income, overnights spent with the child, and additional costs such as healthcare and education.

Parental Responsibility and Timesharing: Parental responsibility and timesharing focus on the non-financial aspects of parenting. Parental responsibility involves decision-making authority regarding the child’s education, healthcare, religion, and upbringing. Timesharing defines when the child will be with each parent, detailing regular schedules, holidays, and vacations.

Practice Areas

At Ostrovsky Law, we specialize in a wide range of family law practice areas to address the unique needs of our clients. Our practice areas include:

Divorce Litigation: Our divorce attorneys have extensive experience in handling complex divorce cases and will work diligently to protect your rights and interests throughout the litigation process.

Alimony: We provide guidance and representation in matters related to spousal support, ensuring fair and reasonable alimony arrangements are reached.

Child Support: Our attorneys assist clients in matters involving child support, ensuring the best interests of the child are prioritized while advocating for fair support arrangements.

High Net Worth Asset Division Divorce: We have the expertise to handle divorces involving substantial assets, complex financial holdings, and property division to secure a fair distribution.

Parental Responsibility and Timesharing: Our attorneys help clients navigate issues related to parental responsibility, custody, and timesharing arrangements, with the goal of protecting the well-being of the children involved.

Paternity: We assist clients in establishing or disputing paternity rights and obligations, ensuring legal recognition and the protection of parental rights.

Modifications: Our attorneys can guide you through the process of modifying existing court orders related to child support, alimony, custody, or visitation to reflect changing circumstances.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements: We provide legal counsel and drafting services for prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, helping clients protect their assets and clarify financial expectations before and after marriage.

Uncontested Divorce: If you and your spouse are seeking an amicable divorce, our attorneys can assist you in navigating the uncontested divorce process, making it smoother and more efficient.

Collaborative Divorce: We offer collaborative divorce services, encouraging a cooperative approach that seeks mutually beneficial solutions outside of litigation.

Meet Danielle M. Ostrovsky, Esquire

If you are navigating through this challenging phase, reach out to Ostrovsky Law for a consultation and chart the path toward the optimal outcome for your case.

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In addition to our offices in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Ostrovsky Law is proud to serve all of Broward County, including DaviePembroke PinesHollywoodCooper CityCoral SpringsPlantationPompano Beach and more. We’re here to assist clients across South Florida, offering dedicated legal representation in family law matters and divorce cases.

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