Legal assistance with child support in Florida

The phrase "child support" is often used as a catch-all designed to indicate the amount of money that one parent must pay another in order to safeguard the future of a child after the parents divorce. What many people don't realize is that, while child support does refer to payments, it is not necessarily the only factor. Courts do not simply decide on an arbitrary number and require one parent to pay that number to the other. Many factors play a role in child support.

Perhaps the most well-known factor in child support consideration is the net income of both parents. Florida courts often try to ensure that a child can maintain as close to the same standard of living after a divorce as he or she did before the divorce. So if the parent paying child support earns significantly more than the custodial parent, the child support payments will likely be higher to reflect the disparity.

The general livelihood of the child usually affects child support payments as well. For instance, if the child is enrolled in a private educational institution, the tuition and other fees will likely mean higher child support payments.

A less well-known aspect of child support comes in the form of shared parenting time. Generally speaking, the more time that a parent spends with a child, either in visitation or with custodial rights, the less money that parent will have to pay in child support. This often works out best for every party, because it encourages parents to spend more time with their children, ensuring that a healthy, happy relationship survives.

If you are going through a divorce and you are worried about child support payments in Florida, please visit our webpage. Feel free to contact our firm and set up a consultation to learn how we can help you with your case.

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