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.