Which everyday expenses may affect a child support settlement?


If you and your child's other parent have made the decision to co-parent from separate homes, you likely have many questions. Even if parents were never married, often one parent must pay child support to the other. This decision can be handed down by Florida family court, and it is binding until further notice, or the child turns 18 years of age. Child support amounts are based on a variety of factors, including the cost of everyday expenses in rearing that child.

Child support is most often paid to the parent who is the primary physical custody guardian. That's because the bulk of the costs often land on his or her shoulders since he or she is doing most of the child-rearing. Everyday expenses do not only include food, water and shelter. Costs of rearing a child also include schooling costs, daycare and even medical expenses, to name a few.

As many parents already know, children are a joy, but they are also very expensive. Every parent wants the best for their child, and financial support is a big part of ensuring that they have the support they need to grow and thrive. Child support is necessary when parents are living out of separate homes. Child support can be awarded in situations when one parent has little or no custody rights.

For this reason, child support can be requested of parents who are unwilling to cooperate financially. Actions can be taken against a parent who is late or delinquent in child support payments. Without the child support amounts, a child may not receive everyday needs. Most parents are cooperative, but every person's child support situation is different.

Source: family.findlaw.com, "What does child support cover?" Accessed March 27, 2017

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