Child Support in Florida
Child support in Florida is based on the combined income of both parents and how many children a parent is responsible for supporting.
What is the Minimum Amount I Have to Pay in Child Support?
The minimum amount each parent is required to pay is established in guidelines. These guidelines are dependant on a monthly income level and the number of children that parent is supporting. If a parent is earning over $10,000 per month, he/she also pays, in addition to the amount in his/her monthly income level, 5% for one child, 7.5% for two, 9.5% for three, 11% for four, 12% for five and 12.5% for six children. The court may deviate from the guidelines if necessary.
What about the Child's Education?
If necessary the court can set aside a portion of the parent's joint or separate assets in a separate trust or fund for the support and education of the child.
Can the Child Support Order be Modified?
Yes, Child Support in Florida is calculated again if there has been a change in financial circumstances, such changes are:
- A big increase or decrease in either of the parent¿s income
- The child is spending a lot more time with either parent
- The child is several years older than when the original child support order was given
- Circumstances have changed and the child now has special financial needs, such as medical expenses or schooling
Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you are seeking to establish child support, it may be wise to speak with an experienced family lawyer. Consulting with a family lawyer can help you understand your options and help you deal with the complicated legal system.
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Last Modified: 05-18-2012 04:03 PM PDT
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