Helping Florida residents understand child support laws

For the most part, Florida law has very clear guidelines and regulations dictating how children are managed between the two parents after a divorce, including who gets custody and for how long, as well as how much child support is paid and to whom. Florida law puts a significant amount of emphasis on the amount of time each parent spends with a child; therefore child support payments may be quite low for parents who see their children often.

In fact, if your child spends two nights out of the week with you, or 20 percent, you may not be required to pay child support at all. Bearing this in mind, it is important to remember that there are exceptions to every rule, and nearly all divorces have some measure of uniqueness to them. Depending on the circumstances of your divorce and the lifestyle you and your family led during the marriage, your child support calculations may be different.

Even if the courts do deviate from the established guidelines, Florida law only allows them to deviate by more than 5 percent. Exactly how much deviation occurs will depend on a number of factors, including the incomes of the parents, the health and education costs of the child and more.

In many instances, it is difficult or impossible to tell how much child support you may or may not have to pay after your divorce, but based on Florida's guidelines, an estimation can be made. Please visit our webpage to learn how we can help you come to a better understanding of Florida's child support laws. Do not hesitate to contact us so that we can help you build a strong case during your divorce to get the child support and child custody orders that you deserve.

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