What Affects Florida Child Support?

A court may at any time order either or both parents who owe a duty of support to a child to pay child support to the other parent in accordance with the guidelines in Section 61.30 of the Florida Statutes. Payment of child support is not contingent on parenting time or contact with the child.

A parent who does not pay a child support obligation may not be denied time-sharing on that basis. Likewise, a parent may not refuse to make child support payments because the time-sharing plan is not being honored by the parent who should have received child support.

A parent may not be relieved of a duty to pay child support by agreeing not to see the children. However, the amount of time each parent spends with the children can affect the amount of child support paid.

Income Is The Dominant Factor In Determining Child Support

  • The child support guideline amount as determined by Section 61.30 presumptively establishes the amount the trier of fact shall order as child support.
  • The guidelines apply in both initial and modification proceedings and provide criteria for calculating each parent's net income and share of responsibility for supporting their children.
  • A parent's income is the most dominant and directly related factor to be considered in determining the amount of child support that must be paid.

Deviation From Child Support Guidelines

The court may deviate from the guidelines amount by up to 5 percent without explanation in certain circumstances. A deviation of more than 5 percent requires a written finding explaining why ordering payment of such an amount would be appropriate.

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Peeler Law Firm, PLLC, can help you with any child support issues you may have. Attorney Stan Peeler has extensive skill and experience regarding all child support and family law issues and is available to discuss with you any child support matter you may have at no charge and no obligation. Peeler Law Firm, PLLC, can be reached at 850-462-2563 or by email.