In Florida both parents have a responsibility or obligation to financially support their children.

The courts will determine the amount of child support that is owed based on the Florida child support guidelines.  This is basically a mathematical formula that the courts use to determine the amount of money owed.

The main factors that a court uses to determine child support are the parents income after taxes, the number of children involved, the cost of daycare, the cost of health insurance for the children, and the number of overnights each parent has with the child.

In addition, a judge may take into account any special needs a child has, extra curricular activities that the child is involved in, whether or not a parent is paying child support for another child outside of this relationship and the cost of college and things of this nature.

Florida law on child support is not easy and has many difficult rules and procedures. Child support can never be waived as the right to receive support belongs to your child and not to the parent.

You should not do it alone.

If the other side is being unfair to you, by hiding or failing to disclose income, then you should use an experience aggressive lawyer to protect your child’s rights.

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