Central to any family law case involving children, aside from custody/timesharing, is the importance of supporting the children. Child support is the court-ordered financial maintenance of a child. Florida child support laws require both parents to support their children whether or not they have custody of them. These laws apply equally to children born in or out of marriage. Generally speaking, both parents are obligated to support their children until they turn eighteen, though exceptions do apply.
In Florida, the following factors are considered by the court when calculating child support payments:
- Each parent’s income;
- How many children these parents have together;
- How much time each parent spends with the children (custody/timesharing);
- The children’s health insurance expenses;
- The children’s child care expenses; and
- Other factors.
Child support is a right that belongs to the minor children. Therefore child support can’t be waived by a parent on behalf of the minor children.
If you’re considering a divorce where children are involved, you’ll want to make sure that you’re represented by a qualified Florida attorney who specializes in child support. Please contact Tampa Bay Divorce Firm to schedule a consultation with an experienced Florida child support attorney.