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How Do We Figure Child Support? May 10, 2012 By Divorce Financial Solutions, Len Nassi CFP®, CDFA™ The Florida Department of Revenue provides child support services that include establishing legal pa…

How Do We Figure Child Support?

The Florida Department of Revenue provides child support services that include establishing legal paternity, locate missing parents and establishing, enforcing and modifying support orders. A child support order tells the parents what they must do to support their children. The State of Florida has stated Child Support Guidelines that are defined in Florida law. The guidelines are used the first time child support is ordered and every time the child support changes. They are also used to review the order to see if the support amount should be changed. 

There are several factors that are used to determine the amount of child support to be paid. First, the amount of children considered as part of the marriage, the income of both parties, the amount of overnights each parent with have with the child (children) and who will be paying and the amount of child care, health and dental insurance for the child (children). If health insurance is reasonably available, the court might require you to have major medical and dental insurance. The court or agency establishing support must use these guidelines to decide the amount of child support that will go in a Florida support order. In special circumstances, support amounts can be higher or lower than the guideline amounts. For example, a judge may consider a child’s high medical expenses as a reason to change the support amount. In most cases, judges have to give written reasons why support amounts are different from guideline amounts.

If a parent is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed, income will be imputed to the parent based upon his or her recent work history, occupational qualifications and the prevaling earnings level in the community. Life insurance should be purchased on the life of the parent paying child support to ensure support will continue if that parent dies prematurely.

Divorce Financial Solutions can calculate the amount of child support very quickly and can give you an approximate amount just by calling their office, at no charge, 954-894-6006.

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Comment by Cynthia Tiano, Esq. on June 27, 2012 at 3:32pm

Thanks for this great, informative article Len, we appreciate it!

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