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How some parents avoid paying the child support they owe

Under Florida law, both parents have a legal duty to financially support their children after a marriage has ended. That’s because a child deserves to have the same financial support whether his or her parents are married or not.

In effort to make sure that children are properly taken care of, child support is ordered as part of many divorce cases involving children under the age of 18. The amount of child support ordered is determined by Florida's child support statutory guidelines.

The statutory guidelines consider many factors, including the income of each parent, the health care and child care costs, the amount of time each parent has with the child, and any special needs of the child.

However, it isn’t always easy to determine how much child support each parent should be responsible for, and some parents get away with paying less than they should in child support by hiding their true income.

If you believe that the other parent may try to hide income in your child support case, make sure to work with an attorney who knows how to uncover a person’s actual income after considering factors such as travel, meal and vehicle allowances, bonuses, commissions are retirement contributions.

This can especially be an issue for other parents who are self-employed, own a business or have investment properties. In some cases, it may require a forensic accountant or a vocational assessment to accurately determine the other parent’s income.

You and your child are entitled to the support you deserve under the law, and if you think you are being short-changed, work with a lawyer who can stand up for your rights.

For more information on how our firm helps uncover people’s true income to hold them responsible for their child support obligations, visit our website.

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