Child support is always a sensitive topic. I often deal with parents who want to know exactly where their child support money will be going. They want to control how the parent receiving the child support spends the money. Thus, it is important to know exactly what child support is meant to cover.
The term “child support” covers all the economic necessities of life required by a child. These necessities include, but are not limited to, food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, and other day-to-day expenses.
According to the federal Child Support Enforcement Act, each state, including Florida has developed guidelines to calculate a range of child support to be paid, based on the parents’ respective incomes and expenses.
There are so many questions about child support and frankly no good answers. Child support becomes an emotional issue instead of a financial one, and everyone has a different view and opinion of what it should cover and how much should be paid. There is no question the “necessities” listed above have to be paid for by someone, whether it is the custodial or non-custodial parent.
If you find yourself questioning if you are paying or receiving the correct amount of child support contact a Jacksonville Child Support Attorney today in order to help you find the answers you so desperately need.