How Child Support Is Calculated In Florida

Child support, which might emanate from either a divorce or maybe some dispute among the unmarried parents, is truly a complicated circumstance emotionally, financially as well as in a family perspective. When a relationship among the parents has been strained already, it might even be more difficult and stressful. However, the parents and the involved parties must remember that the aim of child support isn’t resolving conflicts among the parents but ensuring the children’s welfare instead.

It is essential for the parents to be properly advised and counseled by their family or their divorce attorney in Florida on their rights and obligations as far as child support is concerned, to comprehend the possible outcomes, and to ensure that their own interests have been protected in the best means possible.

In Florida, it’s the obligation for both parents to offer financial support and health care to their children, whether married or not. Specific guidelines have been put in place which will help you to know how child support is calculated in Florida. The calculation will take into account several factors like the needs of your child as well as their age, the parents’ standards of living and the parents’ finances.

Income for each parent
The first factor which is considered is the income for every parent. This incorporates every type of income like rental income, wages, retirement and social security, bonuses and commissions, disability benefits, interests and dividends. Deductions can be made from your income, such as tax payments, mandatory union and retirement payments, or any other support payments meant for your children or the spouses. After this, the overall income of every parent is then obtained, added, and a fixed scale applied to that figure. After the final number has been obtained, the percentage that every parent is required to provide is determined.

The number of nights the child stays with each parent
Though the principal factor is the income for every parent, some other factors are similarly considered, incorporating the amount of nights that the child has stayed with every parent. The parent who has had the kid for long is generally entitled to some extra support from that other parent. Similarly, even if that child fails to spend the highest number of nights with a specific parent, in case such a parent has had the child for more than 20% of these nights, then the said parent gets a credit reducing support obligation.

Other costs
There might be some extra costs like medical expenses, care expenses or a health insurance required for a parent to work. They are divided in terms of the parents’ income and the percentage given to every parent as per specific factors.

Since support is primarily calculated by the income, some parents try evading the responsibility by reducing their income intentionally, either by quitting their jobs or even changing it for a new one with a lower income. The legal system in Florida however knows that and when proved that the reduction was intentional, the Judge might impute some income that is based on a recent history of the work and qualifications for the parent. When income information is not available, income might be presumed and assigned to the parent as the least income.

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