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I Can’t Afford to Support My Elderly Parent and Pay Florida Child Support

In a Florida divorce or paternity case, there will be a child support guideline calculation to determine how much will be paid from one parent to the other. These calculations are pretty precise and inflexible.

What if you are one of the many people in this country who are financially subsidizing an elderly parent who does not have sufficient funds to meet the monthly bills? You should contact the best child support lawyer in Tampa to ask what the effect of that situation is on your child support obligation.

Florida law allows for certain exceptions to the child support guideline calculation. One of these is for just such a situation as we just described. If you can show that the payments for your parent have been regularly paid and that they are legitimately an ongoing necessity, the court may deviate from the Florida child support guidelines.

Bottom Line: Ask your expert Florida child support lawyer how this exception applies to you.

(copyright Stann Givens 2009)


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