Child Support is one of the most important issues in any family law case. While it can be addressed as an individual matter, it is more often addressed as part of a another cause of action, such as a divorce or establishment of paternity suit.
Child Support is largely controlled by FL Stat. Chapter 61.30, which dictates a formula on how child support should be calculated using the parties combined gross income. These guidelines generally provide a reliable way to calculate child support; however, there may by circumstances in which is it appropriate to deviate from the statutory schedule. Furthermore, is may sometimes be appropriate to inpute, or assume, income for a party that is voluntarily unemployed for the purposes of calculating child support.
Another important factor to consider is the date in which child support should begin or should have begun. Parties can, under some circumstances, request child support for up to two years in back in time. This can have a drastic impact on the amount of child ordered by the Court or agreed to by the parties.
Child support formulations and calculations can range from simple to very complex. The final calculations are provided in a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, which is filed and presented to the Judge in your case.
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