In Florida, both parents are legally obligated to provide support for their
minor children. The purpose of child support is to ensure that a child’s
basic needs for food, clothing and shelter are met. The right to receive
child support belongs to the child and a parent who is to receive child
support cannot waive away this right on behalf of the child.
Establishment of Child Support
Child support is established based upon a standard formula created by the
Florida legislature, known as the “Child Support Guidelines.”
The Child Support Guidelines help make sure child support amounts are
fair and uniform throughout the state. The Guidelines are used to figure
out the support needed for each child and the amount each parent has to
pay. These Guidelines are used the first time child support is ordered
and every subsequent time the child support amount changes. The primary
- The number of children common to both parents
- The net income of both parents
- The child’s health care and child care costs
- The number of overnight stays the children have with each parent
At the time when child support is initially established, retroactive support
may also be established. Retroactive child support can be ordered for
the time period between the date the parents separated and the date that
the child support order goes into effect.
Speak to an Orlando family law attorney
Applying the formula and running the child support guidelines is a complicated
task. If done incorrectly, it can lead to a parent overpaying or underpaying
the amount of child support. Therefore, it is best to consult with an
experienced Orlando family law attorney before agreeing to a child support
obligation. Once the amount of child support is determined, you may not
be able to change it later, even if you want to.
Call Longwell Lawyers today at (407) 426-5757 and set up a consultation
with your Orlando child support attorney.