Child Support

Child support is an essential aspect of co-parenting and helps ensure that children are financially supported by both parents, regardless of their relationship status. It is designed to prioritize the child’s well-being and provide them with the resources they need to thrive and lead a healthy and stable life. In the state of Florida, both parents are legally required to provide financial support to their minor children (18 years old or younger). Child support is designed to provide the custodial parent with financial assistance from the non-custodial parent.

What is Child Support?

Child support is a legal financial obligation that one parent or guardian may be required to pay to the other for the financial support of their child or children. It is typically ordered by a court in cases where parents are divorced, separated, or unmarried, and it ensures that the child’s needs are adequately met even if the parents are no longer together. The primary purpose of child support is to provide for the child’s basic necessities, such as food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, education, and other essential expenses. The amount of child support is usually determined based on several factors, including the income of both parents, the number of children, and the specific needs of the child. Child support laws vary by jurisdiction, and each country or state has its own guidelines and formulas for calculating child support amounts. These guidelines aim to ensure that child support payments are fair and in line with the child’s best interests. In Florida, child support is calculated taking the following into account: the number of overnight visits each party has with their child; the parties’ monthly net income; how many minor children the parties have together; and any payments made by either party for child care and/or health insurance costs, which provides the paying parent with a credit. If child support had already been awarded, you may also be entitled to a modification of child support.

Key Points about Child Support:

  • Court Order: Child support is established through a court order, which outlines the specific amount to be paid and the frequency of payments. This court order ensures that the child’s financial needs are legally protected.
  • Custodial Parent: The parent with whom the child primarily lives or the parent possessing the most overnight visits with a child in a one-year time frame, is often referred to as the custodial parent, is typically the one who receives child support payments. The non-custodial parent, the one with whom the child spends less time, is generally the one responsible for making the payments.
  • Obligations: Child support is a legal obligation, and failure to make the required payments can result in legal consequences, such as wage garnishment, suspension of driver’s licenses, or even imprisonment in some cases.
  • Modification: Child support orders can be modified if there is a significant change in circumstances, such as a substantial increase or decrease in the income of either parent or a change in the child’s needs.
  • Enforcement: Government agencies, such as child support enforcement offices, are responsible for enforcing child support orders and ensuring that payments are made on time and in the correct amount.

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How Much Is It?

A deposit is required to book a mediation or 1-hour consultation appointment.

All deposits paid at the time of booking are deducted from the total invoice billed to the client after the appointment.

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Consultation Fees

Consultation Fees

The regular hourly rate for Consultation is $300 but the first 30 minutes are FREE!*

Consultations are *FREE for the first 30-min and $300/hour after.

Deposit Information

  • Consultations are *FREE for the first 30-min and $300/hour after.
  • The deposit to book is only $75 for all consultations.
  • If needing to cancel or reschedule, clients must give at least 24 hours notice.
  • The deposit is nonrefundable if the client does not give more than 24 hours notice.
  • The deposit is 100% refundable if the consultation is under 30 min.
Mediation Fees

Mediation Fees

The regular hourly rate for Mediation is $250 for the first two hours and then $250/hour thereafter with a 2-hour minimum. This rate shall apply to the mediator’s time involved in preparation, conferences, writing memoranda, consulting with attorneys, responding to requests for release of information or any other time including travel spent on our behalf.

For families of modest means, Sandi offers reduced rates equivalent to Hillsborough County Mediation and Diversion Services based on verified combined family income as stated below:

  • $120 for the first two hours then $120/hr. for combined incomes less than $50,000 per year.
  • $200 for the first two hours then $200/hr. for combined incomes between $50,000-$100,000 per year.
  • Reduced rates for families with combined income greater than $100,000 per year and/or significant assets will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Deposit Information

  • The deposit to book is only $120 for all mediations.
  • If needing to cancel or reschedule, clients must give at least 24 hours notice.
  • The deposit is nonrefundable if the client does not give more than 24 hours notice.
  • The deposit is applied and deducted from the total invoice for the mediation appointment after determining income eligibility for the reduced rates.

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