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Reviewing Florida’s child support guidelines

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | FAMILY LAW - Family Law

Child support is a key aspect of ensuring the well-being of children after their parents separate or divorce. It is a legal obligation that one parent pays to the other to help cover the costs of raising the child.

If you expect to owe support after divorce, you should go over child support guidelines and understand how this process works.

Calculating support

Child support guidelines are rules set to determine the amount of financial support a parent must provide for their child. According to the Florida Department of Revenue, these guidelines take into account factors such as each parent’s income, health care costs and other needs the child may have. The goal is to ensure that the child receives adequate financial support to meet their needs.

The amount of child support a parent has to pay is typically based on a percentage of their income. This percentage can vary depending on the number of children in the family and other factors. The court may also consider additional expenses such as child care and educational expenses when calculating child support payments.

Other child support considerations

It is important to note that child support aims to cover the basic needs of the child, including food, shelter, clothing and education. It is not intended to cover personal expenses or luxuries for either parent. The primary focus is on the well-being and best interests of the child. Child support payments are made on a regular basis and enforced by the court.

In cases where circumstances change, such as a parent losing their job or experiencing a significant change in income, it is possible to request a modification of child support. By understanding how courts calculate and enforce child support, parents can work towards providing a stable and secure environment for their children, even after a separation or divorce.