Father’s Rights in Child Support
In Florida, every father has rights when child support for his children is being determined in a custody case. In fact, thanks to a change in laws that took effect in 2008, fathers have the same rights as mothers when it comes to paying or receiving child support. However, many men frequently end up paying too much child support because they don’t understand their rights. Matthew Irwin is one of the only men’s rights attorneys in Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties. His law firm’s experience in helping divorced fathers avoid excessive child support payments can be put to work for you.
If You’re a Father, your Rights in Child Support Calculations are Based on Child’s Needs and Parents’ Income
A father’s rights in child support matters are essentially limited to being considered equal with the mother, with no bias as to which parent is going to pay child support payments. Under Florida’s old rules, the mother was generally assumed to have primary custody unless shown that she was unfit to be the custodial parent. This generally left the father paying child support. Under the new rules child support is calculated strictly based on the child’s needs and each parent’s ability to meet those needs.
Considerations figured into child support payments include:
- Direct payments each parent makes on behalf of the child — like health insurance premiums
- Available income of each parent, including deductions for certain expenses
- Whether the child spends more time with one parent, resulting in higher expenses for food, clothing, housing and utilities
- Education and healthcare needs of the child
- Child’s lifestyle expenses — usually based on the lifestyle the couple maintained while married
- Other considerations that influence a parent’s financial contributions
If one parent ends up with the bulk of expenses, either through actual payments like insurance premiums or through expenses associated with having the child for more time, the other parent will be required to pay child support. In many cases the father does end up paying child support, but there are also many cases in which the mother pays child support to the father.
For more information on how child support is calculated, please visit our Child Support page.
Talk About Father's Rights & Child Support for Free
You can discuss your case absolutely free with one of the only men’s rights attorneys in Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties. Find out what your rights regarding child support are under Florida’s new divorce and family laws. His firm’s committed to making sure men get the answers they need for divorce and custody cases. You can schedule a free consultation regarding fathers’ rights and child support on our Free Consults page.Or call us toll-free today at 866-995-0166.
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About The Author
The Men's Rights Law Firm is a Cape Coral, Florida family law attorney focused on protecting men's rights in divorce and custody cases. His first client was himself, winning custody of his kids in his own divorce case without the help of an attorney. Since then, Mr. Irwin has gone on to help hundreds of men protect their rights in cases involving child custody, child support, paternity, divorce and other family law matters. He also plays an influential role advocating men's rights in Florida legislation, appellate decisions and local government programs. Please visit our family law blog to stay updated on family law matters in Florida and throughout the United States.
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