Florida child support basics

Child support is always an important concern when two parents are divorcing. Child support guidelines can vary by state so it is important to be familiar with child support guidelines in Florida and how they will impact the couple and their family. Child support is based on different factors and the child support guidelines so it is helpful to know what those factors and guidelines are.

In Florida, one factor that influences child support is the number of overnights a child spends with each of the parents. If the child spends 20 percent or greater of their overnights with one parent, the parent's child support may be reduced or even eliminated. The family law process provides resources for parents to either seek to lower their monthly child support payment, increase the amount of child support they receive or collect child support that is due by enforcing a child support order.

In some circumstances, it may be possible to request that the court deviate from the child support guidelines. The court has some discretion, based on the circumstances, to deviate from the child support guidelines by 5 percent. A variety of factors are considered when calculating child support and it is important that all of the factors are accounted for. Factors include net income of both parents; health insurance payments for the child; childcare costs; education costs; and the time-sharing division between the parents, as well as other factors.

Calculating and determining child support does not have to be stressful for divorcing couples. By understanding family law resources used to calculate child support, or modify it, parents are in a better position to anticipate child support obligations and avoid disputes by seeking solutions when child support concerns arise.

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