Do You Know Florida’s Child Support Guidelines?
In Florida, both parents are required to financially support their children until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school. Most often, if the parents of a child have divorced or ended a nonmarital relationship, the child will spend more days and nights with one parent and the child’s other parent provides child support payments.
A Mathematical Formula
Florida child support guidelines use a mathematical formula to determine the amount of child support that is paid. The guidelines consider a number of factors, including the number of children, the income of both parents, how the child’s time is divided between parents, the cost of medical insurance for the child and any childcare costs or educational costs.
Deviation From Child Support Guidelines
There are circumstances when the court will deviate from the child support guidelines and order payments that are above or below those guidelines. This may occur if the combined net income of the child’s parents is above a certain threshold and the parents have established a certain standard of living. Other factors that may cause the court to deviate from the guidelines include:
- If the child has extraordinary medical, psychological, dental or educational needs
- If the custodial parent is receiving both child support and spousal support
- Seasonal variation in one or both parent’s income
- The child’s age, taking into account the increased needs of older children
An Experienced Child Support Lawyer To Offer Personalized Advice
Bauer Law Group in Gainesville works with clients to ensure that the child support payments are fair and that all proper factors have been included in awarding child support. Whether you are the primary caregiver who will receive child support or you expect to pay child support, it is important to have an experienced family law attorney in your corner to protect your rights.
Sometimes, one parent is concerned that the other parent will hide income or present a false picture of total assets in order to minimize the amount of child support and spousal support he or she is ordered to pay. When necessary, we work with forensic accountants and other financial specialists to present accurate information to the court.
If you are the parent who will pay child support, it is also important to make sure you are not ordered to pay more than your fair share.
Child Support Modifications
We also assist parents who seek a modification to the original child support order. Modifications can result from one parent losing a job, an increase in the child’s needs or for many other reasons.
Contact Bauer Law Group
We can answer your questions regarding child support and all other family law issues during an initial consultation. Call (352) 306-0030 in the Gainesville Area, (850) 781-0040 in Tallahassee Area or email us to schedule an appointment.
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