The Law requires that a parent provide support for his or her child. The amount of child support to be paid is determined by guidelines provided by Florida Law and is found in Florida Statute 61.30. The guidelines take into account factors such as:
- The parties net monthly income.
- Actual child care costs incurred by a party.
- Health insurance costs.
- Non-covered medical, dental and prescription expenses for the child.
- Substantial amount of overnight stays with a parent.
The court may order a different amount than that supported by the guidelines. If the court varies the amount by more than 5%, the law requires that this deviation be supported by a written explanation of why the guideline amount would be unjust or inappropriate.
Parties must be aware that an agreement between parents regarding the amount of child support is not binding on the court.
As with a parenting plan, the court is guided by what is in the best interest of the child or children involved.
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