Child support is a financial obligation imposed by a court on a parent to provide for the care, maintenance, training and education of their children.
COCOA, FL, USA, May 25, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Child support in Florida is the obligation of both parents, regardless of their relationship status (single/married/divorced/). Under Florida child support law, parents are not allowed to waive their child support responsibilities and have a legal and moral obligation to support their minor child.
The amount of child support in Florida is determined according to child support guidelines. The amount is usually determined by the parents’ income, custody fees (now called timeshare), and the number of children involved in the case. In the vast majority of cases, Florida child support guidelines will be strictly enforced by the court. However, the judge has the power to deviate from the Guidelines in certain circumstances.
It is essential to know the child support processes in Florida before going through a divorce or separation. Therefore, we have compiled the information you need to understand your rights and responsibilities as a parent and streamline the child support determination process. Read on to learn everything you need to know about the family law aspects of child support in Florida.
Child Support: What Does It Mean in Florida?
Alimony is a sum of money paid by one parent to the other parent to provide for the needs of the child and to meet their daily needs such as clothing, food and housing, among other things when the parents no longer live together in the same household.
All child support payments are intended to be used only for the benefit of the child receiving them. However, certain benefits may be paid to the non-paying parent in certain situations. For example, child support payments can cover the following expenses.
Basic Living Expenses: Expenses for food and clothing are essential in addition to weekly groceries, budgeting for restaurant meals, school lunches, and regular clothing purchases. Having funds to pay for housing, transportation, and utilities is also included.
Educational expenses: Tuition, clothing, books, supplies, and extracurricular activities can all be paid as part of child support in Florida, or paid in addition to basic child support .
Medical expenses: This amount covers all medical expenses essential to maintaining a healthy child and is generally shared by the parents on a pro rata basis.
Other expenses: Ensuring a healthy and positive lifestyle involves more than good food, education and health. So, don’t forget to factor in expenses such as summer camps, swimming lessons, and movie tickets.
Determining the amount of child support
Child support will almost certainly be paid even if the child spends the same amount of time with each parent. Child support is usually paid unless both parents earn the same amount of money and have the same custody/timeshare. Judges use the most recent version of the Florida child support guidelines to calculate child support payments in Florida (see Title VI, Chapter 61.30 of the Florida Statutes.)
For cases where child support is at issue, parents must file and exchange financial affidavits establishing their individual incomes and expenses, as well as complete a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet before the case cannot proceed.
The appropriate financial affidavit will be determined by the parents’ income. Form 902(b) is for parents with a gross annual income of less than $50,000, while Form 902(c) is for parents with a gross annual income of $50,000 or more. The basic support obligation is calculated based on the number of children and the combined net income of the parents.
Net income is calculated by subtracting the amount of allowable deductions from gross income.
Gross income: Most types of earned and unearned income are included in gross income. Salaries, commissions, self-employment income, bonuses, spousal support, dividend or interest income, rent, workers’ compensation, or unemployment insurance payments , disability, and pension or retirement benefits are all examples of common sources of income.
Allowable deductions: Federal, state, and local tax deductions, Social Security payments, union dues, certain health insurance premiums, mandatory retirement payments, health insurance expenses, spousal support, and Court-ordered support payments for other children are all examples of allowable deductions. deductions.
Forms 902(b) and (c) detail exactly which items must be included in gross income and which items can be deducted in order to arrive at your individual net income, as well as the amount of each item you can deduct.
Each parent’s net monthly income is divided by the combined net monthly income to determine their percentage share of the child support obligation. The actual dollar portion of each parent’s total minimum support obligation is calculated by multiplying the minimum child support obligation by each parent’s percentage share of the combined monthly net income.
Special Scenarios: A Closer Look at Child Support
Child support scenarios are not always straightforward. There are scenarios where there is joint custody and specific cases where a departure from the guidelines is warranted. You may have situations where children are born later or parents live in different states. There are cases where retroactive child support can be collected or the amount can be changed.
Child Support Enforcement
Florida has fairly stringent child support rules to ensure that a parent pays the appropriate amount of child support. When it comes to enforcing child support, a parent can take a variety of steps. The Florida Department of Revenue or a private child support law firm may be able to help a parent.
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