Child support is determined by Florida state guidelines that provide a formula for payment amount calculation. This calculation is based on the “income shares model,” in which estimates of the monetary amounts that parents would spend on the child if the parents stayed together is then split between them based on their respective incomes.
Factors used in the formula include:
- The income of both spouses
- How much time each parent spends with the child
- How many children are being supported
- Health care insurance
- Daycare costs
- Educational costs
- Extracurricular activity costs
- Any other relevant expenses pertaining to the child
Even where parents share even time with their children, child support payments are generally required by the parent who earns more. This is done to ensure that the child’s standard of living that was created during the marriage is maintained.
Enforcement & Modification
If you already have a child support order that was issued by the court which is no longer viable, you can seek to have it modified through the court. You will have to provide proof that a significant change in circumstances has occurred for either you or the child.
If you are a parent who has not received the child support payments owed as ordered by the court, you can also seek to have the order enforced through legal action.
At the Law Offices of Lisa P. Kirby, P.A., we handle all child support matters from establishment of payment to modifications and enforcement.
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