Child support can be a hotly contested issue in a divorce. As such, it should come as no surprise to learn that many disagree with the way child support is determined.
In Florida, the income of both parents — the custodial and non-custodial — is taken into account. In addition, amounts related to child care costs and medical expenses are taken into account. All of this is included in the child support formula, which is the guideline the courts use to determine how much a parent should be paying each month.
According to the findings of a recent study, many people wanted more of an emphasis put on how much the mother earns, saying child support should be adjusted accordingly. However, respondents to the study were not as concerned with how much the father earned, thinking the amount set should remain regardless of whether or not he started to earn more or less money.
While the study’s findings on viewpoints regarding when a modification should be made is in fact interesting, the fact remains in Florida that the courts do look at the income of both parents when determining child support or evaluating the need for a modification to an existing support order. In fact, modifications can be requested when the income of either parent changes, either though an increase in pay or decrease.
In addition to income, the courts in Florida will also take into consideration the costs associated with raising a child with special needs. In some cases, this could end up leading to a parent having to pay more money each month, as things like medical costs could be higher.
In the end, when it comes to determining child support, while there are set guidelines that are followed, retaining the legal services of an attorney can go a long way both in terms of education on the topic and advocacy for why certain circumstances should be taken into consideration.