Florida requires parents who are divorcing or are subject to a paternity action to have a parenting plan in place. A parenting plan can be agreed to or simply entered by the court. However, once the plan is entered into the court as an order, it is enforceable through the court system. Violations of parenting plans can be insignificant, or they can lead to great interference with the rights of a parent and a child.
In Florida, timesharing is taken into account in calculating child support for a parent that exercises at least twenty percent of the overnights with a child. Florida’s child support guidelines specifically account for such. However, not every parent takes advantage of all of the overnights that they are awarded. Normally, you cannot retroactively adjust child support. However, failure for a parent to exercise substantial timesharing can have a serious economic impact on that parent, as the Florida Statutes authorize retroactive adjustments.
A parent’s failure to regularly exercise the time-sharing schedule set forth in the parenting plan, a court-ordered time-sharing schedule, or a time-sharing arrangement exercised by agreement of the parties not caused by the other parent which resulted in the adjustment of the amount of child support pursuant to subparagraph (a)10. or paragraph (b) shall be deemed a substantial change of circumstances for purposes of modifying the child support award. A modification pursuant to this paragraph is retroactive to the date the noncustodial parent first failed to regularly exercise the court-ordered or agreed time-sharing schedule. F.S. 61.30(11)(C).