Child support in Florida is designed to financially assist the majority time-sharing parent with the child or children’s basic needs of housing, food and transportation.
However, the parent receiving child support is not obligated to provide an accounting to the paying parent of how the funds are expended.
Child support in Florida is calculated according to the Florida Child Support Guidelines. Normally, the parent who is awarded majority timesharing with the minor children receives child support from the other parent.
The amount of child support paid is based on the number of children and both parent’s net monthly income. Additionally, health insurance premiums, day care costs and the timesharing schedule are also factors that impact the amount of child support ordered by the Court in the state of Florida.
The obligation to support minor children cannot be waived by either parent and is a right enjoyed by the child, not the parent. The State of Florida has guidelines that factor the amount of child support, such as the amount of time spent with the child, the income of both parents and the standard of living the child is accustomed to. The Court may allow deduction items such as catastrophic medical expenses and travel expenses for visitation.
Some clients wish to have the child support decreased due to lowered income or loss of employment. If the client is seeking a reduction, it must be proven there has been a substantial change in circumstances. Conversely, for an upward modification of child support, a party must show that at least one of the parents’ income has increased and prove there has been a substantial change in circumstances.
It is important to hire a child support attorney in Florida who practices this type of law on a consistent basis and is familiar with working with the Department of Revenue, and is frequently in court.
*The material stated above should not be considered as legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship. If you are in need of legal advice concerning divorce, you are encouraged to contact one of our experienced divorce attorneys who can assist you with your questions or concerns.