Personalized Guidance When Seeking Financial Support For Your Family

At the law firm of Michelle A. Barry, P.A., in Longwood, we have helped many clients throughout Central Florida and across the state resolve complicated issues involving child support and alimony/spousal maintenance. We understand how stressful and overwhelming this process can be, which is why we provide guidance and support from beginning to end.

If your child's other parent or your ex-spouse is failing to follow an existing court order, attorney Michelle A. Barry can assist you with child support enforcement or the enforcement of an alimony order. She has considerable experience handling a variety of family law matters, and is able to address even the most complex support issues such as those involving children with special needs, or in cases where a person believes their spouse is hiding income and assets to avoid paying their full obligation.

Have questions and need answers? Check out our FAQ pages or contact our firm for a consultation.

Both Parents Are Financially Responsible For Their Kids

Under Florida law, both parents are equally responsible for the upbringing and financial support of their children. That responsibility does not cease to exist when parents decide to end the marriage, or if the child was born to unmarried parents.

Specific guidelines determine how much each parent will be required to financially contribute to the children's support and when the obligation will end. It is important to have an experienced family law attorney in your corner to ensure that the calculation is accurate.

The final child support amount is influenced by a number of factors, including:

  • The income levels of both parents
  • Health insurance and day care costs paid by each parent
  • The number of overnights the child spends with each parent
  • Any alimony payments
  • The final property division agreement

Although the courts will not ask you to pay more than what you can afford, situations can change that can affect your ability to make payments. But unless you seek modification of a support order or have special circumstances to have it terminated, you will be obligated to keep making payments until your obligation comes to an end.

Determining Alimony/Spousal Support

Whether contested or uncontested, divorce can be financially devastating for a spouse who was financially dependent on the other. Alimony, also called spousal maintenance or spousal support, is a sum of money paid from one spouse to another after divorce. The goal of alimony is to allow the receiving spouse to maintain a lifestyle similar to that established during marriage.

Factors considered in determining alimony include:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The other spouse's ability to pay
  • The earning capacity and financial need of the receiving spouse
  • The standard of living during marriage

As you may imagine, some of these factors are rather subjective, so it is important to have a lawyer on your side who can effectively advocate for you.

Make Arrangements To Meet With A Lawyer

If you have additional questions concerning your family law matter, contact our office in Longwood, Florida, and talk to Ms. Barry. Call 407-622-4529 (toll free 888-351-8303) or send us an email. A free 15-minute initial telephone consultation is available to discuss your case. Email documents to us prior to a call for the most beneficial use of your time. In-person consultations are available at a reduced rate that will be put toward a retainer. We accept credit cards.