Every child has a right to be supported by both parents. Child Support laws exist to provide for the essential financial support of children. Child support is a payment from one a non-custodial parent to the custodial parent, solely intended for the basic needs of the child(ren).
The Florida Department of Revenue uses the Florida Child Support Guidelines when calculating the amount of child support payments. Other things that play a significant role in determining child support payments include:
- number of children the parties have in common,
- combined monthly net income of the parents,
- cost of medical insurance for the child(ren),
- monthly daycare expenses of the child(ren),
- cost of uncovered medical expenses, and
- the number of overnights each parent has with the child(ren).
After the Florida Department of Revenue establishes the child support amount, a parent may ask for an increase or decrease due to a change in any of the factors noted above or new factors causing a unique or particular need of the child(ren). A modification of the amount of child support requires the filing of a petition to the court.
Non-compliance or not paying child support may result in a child support enforcement action by the court, which could lead to court-ordered wage garnishments or penalties.
Make sure you are fully aware of your legal rights, as well as the rights of your child(ren).
Contact Attorney Kimberly M. Soto and her staff at 321.972.2279 to discuss your child support issues or any other issues you may have.