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How does Child Support work in Florida

In Florida, child support is calculated using a formula that takes into account the income of both parents and the number of children. The formula is designed to ensure that both parents contribute to the financial support of their children, regardless of their income.

The amount of child support is set by the court, and it is usually paid by the parent who has the higher income to the parent who has the lower income. Child support payments are usually made on a monthly basis, and they can be paid directly to the other parent or through the Florida Department of Revenue.

If a parent fails to pay child support, they may be held in contempt of court. This can result in fines, jail time, or both. In addition, the parent who is owed child support may be able to garnish the other parent’s wages or take other steps to collect the money.

Child support is an important part of ensuring that children have the financial resources they need to grow up healthy and happy. If you are going through a divorce or separation in Florida, it is important to understand the child support laws and to work with your attorney to ensure that your children are properly supported.

Here are some additional things to know about child support in Florida:

  • Child support is due even if the parents have joint custody of the children.
  • The amount of child support can be changed if the parents’ incomes change.
  • The parent who is owed child support can request a modification of the order if the other parent is not paying.
  • The parent who is paying child support can request a modification of the order if the other parent’s expenses have decreased.
  • Child support can be waived if both parents agree to it.
  • Child support can be terminated if the child reaches the age of majority.

If you have any questions about child support in Florida, you should consult with an attorney.

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This is for informational purposes only, not to be construed as legal advice.


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