All About Child Support Calculations
Divorce or the severing of a relationship where a child or children have resulted, is rarely easy or without dissension. One of the most frequently asked questions is how much child support monies will be awarded. This is a concern from both the standpoint of how much money one parent (this can be either the mother or the father and is usually the custodial parent) will receive and how much money the other parent (usually the non-custodial parent) will need to pay.
In the state of Florida child support amounts are usually determined by factoring how many children are involved, how many sleep-overs (nights a child spends at the parent’s home), what usual expenses for the child/children are incurred by each parent, what is each parent’s income, health insurance costs, and expenses pertaining to special needs a child may have. To somewhat simplify the process of determining the minimum amount ordered for child support the state has developed a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet. After completing the worksheet there is a chart showing the amount of minimum support payments a parent will contribute to the financial support of the child/children in their particular case. This worksheet can be found on-line HERE.
While the worksheet is very helpful, it is understandable that in many cases there are extenuating circumstances, which will alter the amount arrived at when completing the worksheet. One only has to review Florida Statute 61.30, 2016 (also found on line HERE) with its many requirements to be considered by a judge or in mediation when determining what is in the best interest of the child, not the parents, regarding the right amount of child support. There are even times when the order will be for each parent to contribute to a third party who cares for the child/children a considerable amount of time such as a grandparent or other child care provider. If either parent wants the court to consider a different amount than determined by the guidelines, a Motion to Deviate from Child Support Guidelines, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Court Law Form 12.943 must be filed. A computer program is used by attorneys and judges to figure the final award.
While it is possible for a couple on their own to come to an agreement regarding child support, it is usually wise for each parent to be represented by a lawyer specializing in Family Law. If you live in Palm Beach, Martin, Dade, St. Lucie, Broward, Hillsborough, or Orange County you can be extremely well represented by Attorney Grant Gisondo with over ten years in Family Law and with principles and a mission statement putting his clients first with caring and thorough representation. Call now for a free in house consultation, (561) 530-4568.