What factors affect child support in Florida?

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Child Support on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

The child support system was designed so the custodial parent can get financial assistance from the non-custodial parent. In some cases, the child support payments can be a great help to the custodial parent. In other cases, the amount received is minimal. For those who are just embarking on the child support battle, some questions might come up. Our Florida readers might find some of the answers they need here. In the event other questions remain, getting answers to those questions as soon as possible is essential.

What factors determine the amount of child support a custodial parent will receive?

The number of children that have to be supported and the total income of the non-custodial parent are considered when the amount of child support to be paid is determined. The total income of the non-custodial parent includes a variety of sources. Social Security benefits, disability benefits, wages earned from work, pensions, alimony from a previous marriage, rental income and royalty payments are some examples of the income types that are considered in child support payment orders.

Is child support all inclusive?

Child support is only part of the way the court can order a non-custodial parent to support a child. The court can also require the non-custodial parent to pay for medical care for the child. Dental care, vision care and other expenses can also be ordered as part of the child support order.

Understanding every point in a child support order is vital for both parents. For this reason, you should make sure you know what each part of the child support order means.

Source: Online Sunshine, “The 2014 Florida Statutes: 61.30 Child support guidelines; retroactive child support.” Sep. 13, 2014