The amount of child support that the one parent pays to the other parent is determined by the Florida Child Support Guidelines. There is a formula that is used to calculate the amount of child support to be paid by both the parents.
The children have the right to be supported by both parents. It is important that the proper numbers are input so that the correct child support amount is put into the order.
Child support is a legal duty paid by both parents. The child support is not for the personal use of the receiving parent. It is the children’s money and is to be used for their use only. Parents do not have the right to waive child support, it is for the children.
When calculating the proper child support amounts there are a number of factors to consider that affects the child support that is actually ordered by the court. Those include:
- The amount of overnights that each parent has the children.
- The financial needs of the children.
- Day care expenses.
- Medical and dental insurance.
- Uninsured medical payments.
- The income of both parents.
One of the main issues to consider in regards to child support is the amount of overnights that the non-custodial parent has the children in his or her custody. If the non-custodial parent has forty percent or more of the overnights during the course of the year, which is over 146 overnights, then the guidelines are calculated differently and a reduction of the non-custodial parents obligation.