Your Guide to Understanding Child Support in Florida

In Florida, a child support order tells parents what they have to do in order to support their children. By enforcing these orders, it is ensured that the parent does not financially neglect their child. These laws are in place to make sure that children, parents, and families overall are kept financially secure in the aftermath of divorce. Child support can occasionally be difficult to understand, but with the help of your attorney and some research, it can be comprehended much easier.

The amount of child support is determined based on guidelines from Florida law. This ensures that the amount a parent has to pay is both fair, and covers the support needed for the child. In Florida, child support services are provided to almost one million children. Over a billion dollars is paid in child support each year.

The Child Support Program’s purpose is to help children get the financial support they need when it is not received from one or both parents. In order to do this, the families, the state and federal agencies, and private companies work together to carry out critical steps in the child support process.

Child support guidelines consider:

  • The income of both parents
  • The child’s health care and child care costs
  • The standard needs for the child

These factors are utilized by the court or agency establishing support to decide the amount of child support that will go in a Florida support order. In certain circumstances, support amounts may be higher or lower than what is stated in the guidelines.

To get an estimate of child support amounts, visit the Florida Child Support Calculator at AllLaw. The calculator will estimate your monthly child support payment based on the child support guidelines in Florida. This calculator is for information and educational purposes only and is not completely accurate.

Visit the Florida Department of Revenue for more information. It is always best to consult with your hired attorney for the most accurate information.

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The law office of Joseph Cerino handles all matters of litigation, concentrating in family law including divorce, custody, child support, paternity, alimony, property division and domestic violence, as well as, criminal defense and appeals in Southwest Florida.

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