Divorce and Child Support
Minor Children Must Receive Support
Child support is a right that belongs to the child, and it cannot be waived by the parents. Florida child support is controlled by statute. Parents have a duty to support their children and that support cannot be waived. During a divorce proceeding, the court may order either or both parents who owe a duty of support to a child, to make support payments in line with the child support guidelines.
Child Support Guidelines
The guidelines schedule is based on the parents’ combined net incomes and is allocated to the child as if the parents and children were still living together as an intact family. Parents should be able to reach a fair settlement for their children without the need for litigation. Ultimately, the trial court has the discretion to determine the amount of child support. The court should consider both the needs of the children and the overall financial circumstances of the parties. Generally, the support guidelines has the following approximate distribution:
1 Child = 22% of the paying spouse’s net income
2 Children = 32% of the paying spouse’s net income
3 Children = 41% of the paying spouse’s net income
Child Support & Health Insurance
Every order for child support must contain a provision for health insurance for the minor child, and the health insurance must be reasonable in cost and accessible to the child. For those parents who do not have health benefits, they can apply for affordable health care benefits through Healthy Kids and KidCare.
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