Generally, both parents take on the financial responsibility of providing for their child’s needs in Florida, at least until their child is 18-years-old. When children are not living with one, or both, of their parents, family law judges often order child support awards to ensure that both parents continue to provide the financial support their children need and deserve. These monetary payments are for the benefit of the child and can be applied toward everyday expenses, such as room and board, as well as health care, medical and education expenses.
Under Chapter 61 of the 2014 Florida Statutes, one, or both parents, may be order to pay child support to the other parent, or to the child’s custodian by the court. In general, these orders can be established through one of two types of procedures – administrative or judicial.