Child Support

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Child Support

How Is Child Support Determined?

There are a number of factors used to determine the amount of child support that will be paid to one party or the other. If there is a case where child support is at issue, a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet must be filed. These worksheets usually accompany a Family Law Financial Affidavit so as to verify the income of the party or parties filing the guidelines. Some of the factors used to determine child support are:

  • Net Monthly Income
  • Percent of Financial Responsibility
  • Child Care Costs
  • Health Insurance Costs
  • Uncovered Medical Expenses
  • Percentage of Overnight Stays with Each Parent
  • Child Care Costs

In some cases, child support may not necessarily be ordered based on the guidelines. If an agreement has been made between the mother and father, the parties will have to request the Court to allow a deviation from these guidelines.

Orlando Child Support Attorney Fighting For Your Rights

At the Men’s Divorce Law Firm, we will aggressively fight to help our clients determine a fair amount for their case, whether or not they are the ones paying or receiving the support. Of course, the final say in the amount of support ordered on a party, comes from the Judge assigned to the case. To see an estimate of what you may or may not be ordered to pay, visit our child support calculator. Contact the Men’s Divorce Law Firm today to schedule a consultation.

Video Transcript

Jeffrey: It is a formula, essentially. There are guidelines and we basically look at both parents’ incomes and we calculate a number based on the number of overnights that the children are with each parent. So your time-share schedule comes into play as a factor and each parents’ income or what their income could be. There are times when we have to actually impute income to a parent who many not be working at the time, but we look at what their historical earnings are or what their ability to earn is.

Frequently Asked Questions About Child Support

Can a woman be required to pay child support?

A woman can be ordered to pay child support if the father has majority time share of the child or if there’s a disparity in the party’s income and they’re exercising an equal or substantial time-sharing arrangement.

How is the amount of child support determined in Florida?

The amount of support is determined in Florida by using guidelines that have been prepared by the state. Really, the court just looks at your income level and the income level of your spouse, combines those two incomes in determining how much support is needed to care for the children of the parties.

Do you have to pay child support in Florida if denied visitation?

In Florida, time sharing or visitation with children and child support are two separate issues. The court can require you to pay even if your spouse is denying you access to your children.

Do you have to pay child support in Florida if denied visitation?

We try to eliminate bias against men in child custody cases by looking at the time that the men spend with their children and presenting that information to the court. What we have found today is that most men are much more involved in their children’s lives and they want to continue in their children’s lives in the same way after their divorce.