If I Have Equal (50/50) Timesharing, Is Child Support Still Calculated?
Over the past few years, in most states, parental timesharing has taken the place of ordering primary and secondary custody for minor children. Minor children are children from birth to l8 years, and any child past that age who is mentally or physically unable to provide for themselves. Having both parents involved in the care and nurturing of their children has been proven to be highly beneficial to a child’s healthy development. And, the best arrangement is when an equal or 50/50 timesharing agreement is reached.
But what about child support? Will there still be a need to calculate child support if each parent is providing an equal amount of time to their child? Yes, child support will still be calculated as incomes are usually not equal, and other needs are looked at as well. Such considerations as uncovered medical expenses, daycare when applicable, and health insurance are looked at. In Florida, the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet will be used with the help of computer programing to determine who pays child support and how much. Either parent can be ordered to pay child support, male or female. One of the determining factors regarding child support is how many overnights a child spends with a parent. Usually, the more overnights, the more child support. And, as time goes on should the number of overnights changes, child support can be modified up or down accordingly. Changes in income or the health of either parent or child can also be cause for a child support modification.
Determining child support can seem confusing and lead to a number of questions. When this occurs, it is wise to seek a legal professional for answers. As laws and guidelines can and do change, one needs to be careful when trying to figure things out. A legal professional will be up to date on the current child support guidelines and laws for your state. If you live in Florida in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, or Hillsborough County or New York or Washington, DC, Family Law attorney Grant Gisondo will be glad to help with your child support concerns. He offers a free, initial, in-office consultation where he can answer your questions and share how he can help. Except when Attorney Gisondo is in court, his office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Saturday from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM for new clients. It is easy to make an appointment. Just call (561) 530-4568, and a receptionist will be ready to help.