CHILD SUPPORT AND MODIFICATIONS
In Florida, both parents have a duty to support their child (children). Child support guidelines are governed by Fla. Stat. §61.30. Once paternity has been established, the court will consider a multitude of facts to determine the appropriate amount of child support owed, including: income of both parents, the yearly number of overnight stays that the child spends with each parent, cost of health insurance, cost of child care expenses, the amount of child support paid for other children, the needs of the child, etc.
The court has discretion to award retroactive child support, not to exceed a period of 24 months preceding the filing of the petition (for paternity, child support, or divorce.) Please be aware that the court has the discretion to “impute income” to those parents who are voluntarily “underemployed” or “unemployed”, using the parent’s recent work history, career qualifications, etc. to calculate the imputed income.
If you need assistance with filing for child support or modifying child support, then please call our office at 321-329-5449 ext 6 to arrange for a consultation.
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