Parents have a legal duty to support their minor child or children. In Florida, the amount a parent is obligated to pay in child support is determined by the Florida Child Support Guidelines under section 61.30 of the Florida Statutes.
According to the Florida Child Support Guidelines, the minimum child support need is determined by applying the guidelines schedule in section 61.30(6) to the parents’ combined monthly net income.
In the event that the parents’ combined monthly net income is greater than the amount in the guidelines schedule, i.e., in excess of $10,000 per month, then the minimum child support need is the minimum amount of support provided by the guidelines plus the statutory established percentages multiplied by the amount of income over $10,000.
Factors that may affect the amount of child support owed by each parent include, but are not limited to the following: the parents’ time-sharing arrangements, one parent’s prepayment of childcare and health insurance for the child, the comparative incomes of the parents, accurate accounting of each parents actual monthly income, and, in dissolution cases, the amount of alimony paid or received.
Because every case is unique with differing circumstances, the amount of child support will naturally vary in each divorce or paternity case. One of our Palm Beach Child Support Attorneys can meet with you to discuss your case in detail. Contact us today.
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