The State of Florida has child support guidelines that must be followed when calculating child support in a divorce or paternity case. Generally speaking, the parties’ combined net income, the percentage of time each party spends with the children, and the number of children involved are used in determining the amount of child support. Child care costs and health insurance costs are also added into the equation when determining child support.
It is important to note that child support cannot be waived by the parents. Child support is considered a right of the child not of the parent. Therefore, parents cannot bargain away their duty to support their child(ren).
Contact a Jacksonville Child Support Lawyer for further information of Florida’s Child Support laws.