Frequently, we address the emotional issues surrounding your children such as: your Parenting Plan, shared versus sole parental responsibility, child custody or time-sharing, child support, and relocation of the child's residency. We have extensive experience in cases of contested custody / time-sharing, and we ensure that our clients’ opinions on the best interests of their child(ren) are heard. We ensure that our clients are thoroughly prepared and educated on the most important elements for each issue and that independent, neutral substantiation, when available, is provided to strengthen your positions.
We resolve these issues, both on a temporary basis during the litigation and on an ongoing basis for the period after the divorce. The Firm has relationships with highly experienced, highly respected custody evaluators and parenting coordinators to assist you in bringing about a parenting plan in the best interests of your children, while minimizing damage to your co-parenting relationship.
Our Firm also assists clients in determining the amount of child support that may be required to be paid in a divorce action, paternity action or modification action. We explain the Florida Statutory Guidelines on Child Support and the financial obligations you or your spouse has to contribute to certain non-insurance covered expenses of your child, to the cost of life insurance to secure child support, to the cost of private school or after school care, and any additional considerations that can affect the support obligation.
Income deduction orders (similar to garnishment orders) can be entered requiring the payor’s employer to deduct the court ordered amount of child support directly from the payor’s paycheck. This is then paid through the Central Government Depository, so that this becomes automatic for both the payor and the payee.
With offices in Tampa and St. Petersburg, the Florida family law attorneys of Harris, Hunt & Derr work with clients throughout the Tampa Bay area. We welcome you to call us at (813) 223-5421 (Tampa) or (727) 310-3017 (St. Pete) to schedule a consultation about a Florida child custody or support matter. You may also contact us online.