Child support is a payment made by a non-custodial parent to a custodial parent for the financial support of their child. The amount that the non-custodial parent pays is based on a set of guidelines that determine the needs of the child and the ability of the non-custodial parent to pay.
Factors Considered in Child Support Calculations
The amount of child support that should be paid is determined by a set of guidelines considering several factors. These factors include the income of both parents, the number of children, the age of the children, and any special needs that the children may have. Other factors that may be taken into account include the cost of child care and the cost of health insurance.
Method of Calculating Child Support
The method used to calculate child support varies depending on the state or province in which you reside. However, in most cases, child support is calculated using a set formula that considers the above mentioned factors. This formula often involves a base amount of support, which is then adjusted based on the income of each parent and the number of children they are supporting.
Deviation from Child Support Guidelines
Sometimes, a deviation from the child support guidelines may be necessary. This can occur if one parent has a higher income than the other or if special needs must be considered. If a deviation is deemed necessary, a judge will typically decide based on the evidence presented in court.
Enforcement of Child Support
Once a child support order has been issued, it is essential to enforce it. The non-custodial parent is legally obligated to pay the child support that the court has ordered. In some cases, the court may take steps to enforce the order, such as garnishing wages, placing liens on property, or even ordering jail time.
Miami Child Support Lawyers
At Orshan, Spann & Fernandez-Mesa, we understand the complexities of child support calculations and are here to assist you every step of the way. Our experienced team is well-versed in Florida's child support laws and can provide you with comprehensive guidance tailored to your unique situation. Contact us today at (305) 853-9161 to schedule a consultation and let us help you navigate the intricacies of child support calculations with confidence.