Child Support Matters in St Lucie County is conducted by a Mediator who is a trained, neutral, third party. The mediator strives to be balanced and impartial. The role of the mediator is to facilitate communication between the parties, not to impose solutions. Mediators do not take sides nor do they render judgments. The mediator works with both sides to help the parties reach a mutually acceptable resolution.
In determining how much child support a parent is required to pay, a court utilizes the Florida child support guidelines. These guidelines are based on a formula that considers both parents’ income, the percentage of overnight timesharing each parent exercises and the number of children. Provision must also be made for health insurance for the child in most cases.
Even though there are Florida child support guidelines, the calculation of support is not absolutely black and white. There are considerations for taxes, daycare, medical, and other issues that can significantly change the amount to pay or receive.
Michelle and his team of professionals of Child Support Matters in St Lucie County are experienced in aiding clients who are seeking to establish child support, those who seek modification to existing court-ordered child support and those who are having difficulty making their required payments and those who are having difficulty collecting payments due to them. Michelle is also familiar with situations where one parent is being less than honest about his or her income or the child's expenses in an attempt to garner a more substantial payment.