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How Do I Figure Out My Child Support Payments?

Child support is a court-imposed obligation upon one parent to pay the other parent in order to help meet the child’s basic needs, such as the roof over the child’s head, groceries, childcare, and healthcare.

There are two ways that the child-support amount can be set:

  1. By agreement and approval. If both parents agree on the amount of child support payments, then they need to get the court to approve the agreement.
  2. By the court. If the parents are at odds on the amount of child support that should be paid, then the court will set the amount.

In either situation, dealing with the child support process can get complicated. An experienced child support lawyer in Miami can help you navigate the court proceedings accordingly.

Agreeing to Child Support Payments

Parents cannot waive the duty to provide financial support for their minor child(ren), but they can work toward reaching a mutual agreement for child support payments. They can present this agreement to the court, and if the court finds that it is in the best interests of the child(ren), then an order of approval will be entered.

How Is the Amount of Child Support Set by the Court?

Florida has a formula, called child support guidelines, used to calculate the amount of child support that should be paid. When the amount of child support owed is disputed, the first thing the court will do is look to Florida’s child support guidelines . These guidelines are based on the following:

  • The number of children involved;
  • The basic needs of the child(ren);
  • Each parent’s income;
  • Each child’s health and childcare costs; and
  • The amount of overnight time the child spends with each parent.

The purpose of the guidelines is to provide for the needs of the child(ren) in a manner that is fair to both parents. The court may adjust the amount upward or downward upon a parent’s request to consider special circumstances. For example, if the child has special medical needs, the amount of child support may be increased by the court to cover additional medical costs.

I Think That I Am Paying Too Much in Child Support

Because the amount of support you will pay depends upon many factors, it is in your best interest seek the counsel and guidance of an experienced and reputable Miami child support attorney.

If you need to dispute your child support amount, it is advisable that you see an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible. This will allow you to ask questions and better understand your rights as well as your responsibilities. For further information or to schedule an appointment with one of our highly experienced and successful family law lawyers please contact Dadvocacy at (305) 363-6171.