Florida Child Support

Child cus­tody laws in Florida include a set of child sup­port guide­lines that must be fol­lowed when deter­min­ing the amount of money allot­ted to rais­ing a child. Gen­er­ally,
the court will look at the joint income of the par­ents and the num­ber of chil­dren involved when deter­min­ing how much sup­port to issue. Some­times the courts will allo­cate a part of the par­ents assets and place them into a trust or fund for edu­ca­tion or other forms of support.

There are cir­cum­stances when child sup­port pay­ments can be changed. For exam­ple, if one par­ent sud­denly has an increase or decrease in income, the court can mod­ify child sup­port pay­ments. A Florida court could also change the amount of child sup­port pro­vided if a childs finan­cial needs sud­denly increase, which can occur if there are increased costs due to med­ical bills or schooling.

Because Florida receives fed­eral pub­lic assis­tance funds, the state has estab­lished Flori­das Child Sup­port Enforce­ment Pro­gram to ensure chil­dren get finan­cial sup­port from both par­ents. The Child Sup­port Enforce­ment Pro­gram also imple­ments the Child Sup­port Auto­mated Man­age­ment Sys­tem (CAMS), an auto­mated child sup­port enforce­ment sys­tem. Fam­i­lies that do and do not receive fed­eral pub­lic assis­tance can use the services.

Par­ents must pay child sup­port until the child either fin­ishes high school or turns 19 years old.

Under Florida law, child cus­tody and child sup­port are reg­u­lated to pro­tect the rights of the child and the par­ent. Even if a divorce is ami­ca­ble, each par­ent should seek help from a qual­i­fied lawyer to insure the best out­come for all involved.