Raising children, as any parent will confirm, can be an expensive undertaking. Beyond just the common daily expenses, including food, clothing and shelter, there are typically a number of others, such as medical costs and education expenses. As was explained in the first post of this child support series, Florida family law judges often order child support to ensure that both parents bear the financial responsibility of raising their child. This post will discuss the guidelines that are used to determine the amounts of child support awards and the effects that inaccurate information can have on such awards.
By law, the amount that parents are ordered to pay per month in child support in the state of Florida is generally determined using a numeric formula. According to the Florida Department of Revenue, the child support formula considers a number of factors, including the income of each parent, the child’s health care expenses, the child’s standard needs, any childcare costs and the number of children that the parent owes child support for.