Factors for the Calculation of Child Support
In the state of Florida, the awarding of child support is mandatory whether the parents have been married or even have lived together. When paternity is proven, a child is born during a marriage, ora child legally adopted, the issue of calculating child support will become a part of a dissolution of marriage (divorce), separation of parents, or when a child is born to a couple. Child support can also be given to a third party who is given legal custody of a minor child when the court rules neither party is able to parent effectively. A side note, child support cannot be determined in a pre or post-marital agreement) There is a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet that a couple will fill out which will help determine child support. However, there are usually individual considerations for each case as can be seen by the many possibilities for determination found in Florida Statue 61.30,2015. You can go online to read the exact guidelines a judge will follow from this statute. When the information from the worksheet and the judge’s opinion are finalized the information is entered into a computer, and the final calculation for child support is done with a special computer program that will take into consideration all entered factors. These factors can include:
- How many minor children are involved?
- What are the ages of the minor children involved?
- How many overnights will each parent have? An overnight is considered any night a child stays the night at a parent’s home.
- Each parent’s income
- What usual expenses are incurred for the child/children by each parent?
- Health insurance costs
- Life insurance costs
- Expenses involving special needs a child may have, such as mental or physical special needs requiring on-going medical attention, special schooling, and possibly the hiring of specialized help for caring for the child. Children are considered “minors” until the age of l8 unless the child is unable to care for themselves and earn a sustainable living.
Family courts in the state of Florida take very seriously the care and nurturing of minor children. The court’s motto is “in the best interest of the child,” not the parents. Often parents may feel put-upon by what the courts expect them to do, but in Florida, the child is hopefully given the best possible chance to develop with the love, attention, and caring of both parents.
If you have question regarding factors for child support for your individual situation, and you live in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, or Hillsborough county or in New York or Washington DC, Family Law Attorney Grant Gisondo offers a free, initial, in-office consultation where he will answer your questions and share how he can help. He has over a decade of experience to ensure knowledgeable answers. Attorney Gisondo is in the office Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and for new clients, on Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. You can call his office at 561-530-4569 to make an appointment.