When parents split up, or if they were never married to begin with, they are still both legally responsible for the well-being of their child. In some cases, both parents will share custody and/or be able to make decisions on behalf of their child; in other cases one parent takes on one or both of these responsibilities. This will all be sorted out in the parenting plan.
Child support is something else that will need to be established. After a divorce or when both parents are legally identified, an order for child support will be issued. This order dictates how much and when the paying parent will be expected to pay. If you are a parent who is going to be required to pay child support, you should know what you can expect.
The courts take a number of factors into account when calculating child support in Florida. This includes:
- Monthly income of each parent
- Government benefits
- Workers’ compensation settlements
- Number of children
- Support from a previous marriage
The courts will also assess the needs of the child as well. For example, if a child has higher than average medical costs or educational expenses, the courts will take this into account as well.
Once these and many other factors have been reviewed, the courts will calculate the amount of support to be paid. In accordance with Florida statutes, there are guidelines that specify the minimum amount of support that can be ordered. However, the courts have the power to modify these amounts based on relevant factors.
What we hope readers take away from this blog post is that there are guidelines and rules for how child support is calculated: It is not done arbitrarily. However, it can still be wise to have legal representation during this process as an attorney can help you protect your rights and avoid unfair or inappropriate orders for support.