Having children only makes the divorce process more difficult. There are many factors that will affect who will receive custody of the children. The judge will grant custody to the parent they feel will be in the best interest of the child or children. The judge will take into consideration the health, lifestyle, employment and financial situation of each parent. In addition to the parents conditions the judge will look at the child's health, current living situation, age, gender, and relationship with each parent. If there are older children in the family statements made by them may affect which parent is granted custody. Having a divorce lawyer in Tampa will make the process easier for you to understand and give you a better chance of winning.
If child support is supposed to be paid an experienced lawyer will be able to make sure it is the correct amount and can help in the future if your spouse does not pay. The amount of child support awarded is based on a wide variety of factors. The income of both parents will be taken into consideration and the percentage of the combined income used on the child will be used to determine how much child support payments should be. If a parent is already paying child support from a previous relationship that amount may be able to be deducted from their income. The amount of money a parent will need to spend on child care when they are at work will also influence the amount of child support to be paid. Other expenses such as health care and any special needs are also considered. The custody agreement also has an affect; the more visitation and time spent with a child a parent has, the less child support they will have to pay because of expenses incurred while they are with the child. Having a lawyer will give you assurance that you are receiving or paying the correct amount of child support.
Hiring a Tampa divorce lawyer is going to greatly affect the outcome of your divorce, especially if your spouse hired a lawyer. Divorce can become brutal and aggressive, do not allow yourself to be alone in the difficult process. A divorce lawyer will be on your side and looking out for your best interests.