In Florida, any parent who resides in the state may petition the courts for child support, or request support during a divorce or paternity case. Child support orders can be modified at any time. Special circumstances or income changes are just two reasons to revisit child support payments. The parties can agree in writing to the changed amount or can file a motion with the court.
The amount of child support to be received is based on child support guidelines provided within the Florida statutes. There are numerous factors in calculating child support, including:
- Number of children
- Combined net monthly income of the parents
- Cost of daycare
- Health insurance requirements for the child
- The number of nights each parent spends with the child based on the parenting plan
If a parent is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed, a Florida court may choose whether to impute income to the parent based on recent work history and prevailing earning levels. The court may decline to do so where it appears necessary for the parent to stay home with the child.