Most divorces among couples with children will involve some type of child support arrangement. Child support is a financial payment that one spouse must pay the other spouse post-divorce. These payments are intended to provide support towards raising and caring for children after their parents have divorced.How is Child Support Determined?
In Florida, both parents are required to financially support their children following a divorce. Typically, the parent who has primary custodial care of the children will be the recipient of child support. The custodial parent may be either the mother or father. It’s basically the parent who spends the most time with the children. When time sharing is equal, it could mean that no child support is ordered.
There are a number of additional factors that are considered, and state guidelines that come into play. While each case is unique, some of the factors that the courts will take into consideration include:
- The number of children the couple shares
- Time each parent spends with children
- Number of overnight stays children have with each parent
- Gross income of each parent
- Specific financial needs for raising the children (such as medical care, education and childcare)
- The children’s standard of living prior to divorce
The state of Florida has a detailed chart that provides specific child support guidelines. These figures are directly based on the combined monthly available income of both parents and the number of children involved.
Income is based on finances which include:
- Salary and wages
- Bonuses and commissions
- Disability benefits
- Worker’s compensation
- Social Security benefits
- Rental income
- Income from trusts, estates or royalties
This income is then divided between the parents proportionally, based on their individual income. Click here to view the Child Support Guidelines Chart and the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, which must be completed by the parent requesting support. The family law attorneys at Parker & DuFresne can help guide you through this worksheet.Child Support Representation in Jacksonville
Even with state and federal laws and guidelines in place, dealing with child support can often become complicated and stressful. If you are seeking to request child support, modify child support or have other issues to address, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We have successfully helped our clients with the following issues. Contact our family law offices if:
- You’re not receiving enough to help support your children.
- The paying parent is not forthcoming with his or her finances.
- The paying parent is not making scheduled child support payments.
- You’re owed retroactive child support.
- The other parent is underemployed to avoid making child support payments.
- You need to establish paternity in order to collect child support.
- Circumstances require modifications to existing child support agreement.
- You feel the child support payments you’re making are unfair.
- The Florida Child Support Guidelines are not the most beneficial for your situation.
It is incredibly important that you be pro-active in seeking legal advice when dealing with child support. Waiting could negatively impact your ability to achieve a positive resolution. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your child support concerns, and to protect your rights as a parent. At Parker & DuFresne, P.A., our skilled family law attorneys are ready to represent and protect your interests during child support proceedings. We have two convenient Jacksonville locations on San Jose Blvd. and Blanding Blvd. Call 904-733-7766.