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How Does Child Support Work in the State of Florida?

If you are a divorced parent, your top priority is ensuring the well-being of your child. A significant way in which courts seek to preserve the best interests of a child is by establishing child support agreements. Unfortunately, issues regarding financial support are often among the most hotly-contests divorce-related matters, which is why if you are facing such an issue, you cannot afford to proceed without an experienced Broward County child support lawyer on your side. Please continue reading and reach out to the Finizio Law Group to learn more about how our legal team can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How is child support calculated in Florida?

Typically, when courts decide on child support, they will follow the guidelines set out by Florida law. The guidelines essentially prescribe a formula that calculates a child’s expenses, such as the cost of daycare, medical care, health insurance, and more, and they will compare this with the custodial parent’s financial situation and the noncustodial parent’s ability to pay support. You should understand that though there is a formula in place, courts will consider any additional factors that they deem relevant, as the core of any child support agreement is serving a child’s best interests. For example, they will consider the child’s age and health, whether the child has a job, and the standard of living that was established for the child when both parents were married. If you are seeking support, you need a competent Broward County family law attorney on your side who can work to ensure your child’s best interests are protected.

When does child support end in Florida?

Child support is typically terminated when a child reaches the age of emancipation. Simply put, in most cases, when a child reaches the age of 18, he or she is no longer eligible to receive support payments. That said, if the child turns 19 while still in high school, support may be extended until graduation. You should also note, however, that if a child has special needs and will require ongoing support, a parent can request an extension on support payments as well. If you have any additional questions or you need a competent attorney on your side, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call today. We are here to help.

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