Under Florida law, child support is calculated based on a formula determined by the Florida legislature. The formula considers both parties’ incomes, how much time the child spends with each parent, health insurance costs, and any other costs necessary to care for the child. To learn more, get in touch with our Tampa child support lawyers.
- Unlike other states, Florida does NOT require parents to pay child support after a child graduates from high school or turns 18 (whichever occurs last). This means that a Florida court can’t hold any party responsible for paying college expenses for a child. Unless a party’s income is difficult to ascertain, the process of determining child support is typically straightforward.
- Now that you know how child support is determined, next is the matter of when it is established. Child support is set at the same time the first timesharing schedule is established by the Court. However, it is always subject to change in case there is a significant enough change in the parties’ circumstances. In Florida, the standard for a significant change is relatively low. The law requires a modification of child support whenever recalculating the formula described above would result in a 15% or $50.00 per month change in the child support figure, whichever is higher. Other changes that would cause child support to change would be a significant increase or decrease in a party’s income, a child reaching the age of majority, or an increase in health insurance costs.
- Courts are able to depart from the child support formula under certain conditions. This is often true in cases where children with special needs are involved.
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