Hendry Law Group, P.A.
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Clewiston and Lake Placid Child Custody And Support Lawyers

Many people are unaware of the close connection between child custody and child support under Florida law. A significant portion of the child support order is dependent on the custody order, so it is essential that you have a sound custody agreement in place before child support can be calculated.

These can be complex issues to resolve, and the assistance of a qualified attorney can be extremely helpful. At Hendry Law Group, P.A., we represent Central and South Florida clients in all aspects of family law, including the establishment of child custody and support orders, modifications and enforcement. Our complete understanding of the law that governs child custody and child support allows us to be much more effective in our pursuit of an agreement that fully provides for your children's needs and is fair to both parents.

Determining Child Custody In Florida

In every custody proceeding, legal and physical custody must be determined. Legal custody refers to a parent's right to make important decisions such as education and religious affiliation on behalf of a child. Physical custody refers to where the child will live. The court can award joint custody where both parents share equally in the decision-making and physical care of the child or sole custody where one parent makes all the final decisions and provides the children's primary home. In either situation, the court requires a parenting plan that clearly defines where the children will live on which days and which parents have the right to make decisions for them.

Calculating Child Support

Determining the correct amount of child support is dependent on a number of factors, including each parent's income, the number of children requiring support, which parent is paying for the children's health insurance and other expenses, and the parenting plan. If the noncustodial parent has at least 73 overnights with the children, it changes the method the court uses to calculate support. If he or she has fewer than 73 overnights, then the standard income shares method would be used.

Contact Our Office To Discuss Your Child Custody And Support Concerns

To schedule an initial consultation with a lawyer at one of our offices in Clewiston or Lake Placid, please call us at 863-301-0657, 863-699-2889 for Lake Placid or toll free at 800-800-8261. You can also contact us via email.