Child support in Florida is defined as the legal obligation to support one’s own children. Florida child support guidelines determine the amount of child support an obligor will have to pay. Child support is a legal mandate in Florida. This means both parents are expected to take full responsibility for their children and can’t avoid paying support for a child. Child support is usually ordered during divorce proceedings or when one parent petitions the court in the county where they reside for assistance.
Florida Child Support Law
Child support statutes of Florida are covered under Florida law. Support is ordered by the court requiring either one or both parents to make monthly payments for all minor children until they are eighteen years old. Child support includes a provision for health insurance. The Florida Department of Revenue enforces child support.
How is Child Support Determined
Florida child support guidelines determine how much support parents must pay. The guidelines establish a baseline to figure out the amount of support needed. The Florida courts consider this a fair equation. The Florida child support guidelines are used in conjunction with support ordered and every time support is modified.
Other financial considerations included in the guidelines are:
- Gross Income
- Health care costs
- Child’s living standards
The Florida child support guidelines include a child support minimum calculation under
(FL. Stat. § 61.30).
Other constituents defined in this statute are:
- time-sharing responsibilities
- Parenting plans
A parent’s failure to follow the child support order is deemed as a purpose for modification.
Modifying Child Support
Modification of child support may become necessary when there is a change in circumstances in one’s life. There must be an existing order to modify. You must establish a substantial change. For example, having another child is a considerable change in circumstances.
- A modification can also be determined by one parent's income increasing.
- Adjustments in parenting time schedules are considered.
- Changes in parenting time could be attributed to a change in jobs or some other time-sharing responsibility.
- Ultimately the courts will determine what is in the best interests of your children.
Applying for a modification:
- Determining factors for modification
- Supplying evidence including documentation as proof of circumstantial change
- Consulting with a family law attorney to ensure you’re taking the correct steps
- Filing the documents including the motion to modify to the courts.
- You are responsible for serving a copy of the modification form to the other party
- Complete and return proof of service to the clerk's office in the courthouse
Child Support Lawyer in Winter Garden FL
Child support orders can reshape a person’s way of life. Erroneous efforts to change or modify child support can bring dire consequences. Consulting with a knowledgeable attorney will give you the confidence to move forward while taking care of you and your children's well being. The Law Office of Jason G. Smith can assist with your child support matters and concerns.