How Do I Calculate Child Support In Florida?
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 P. Irwin is one of the only men’s rights attorneys in Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties. His Florida family law firm’s experience in helping divorced fathers avoid excessive child support payments can be put to work for you.
Florida courts are required to use a specific formula outlined by state law when calculating child support. Several factors are considered in determining how much child support each parent will pay. Considerations figured into child support payments include:
- Direct payments each parent makes on behalf of the child — such as 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
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