In Family law, child support is an ongoing payment made by a parent for the financial benefit of the child. Child support is often arranged as a part of a divorce and is based upon our Florida Child Support Guidelines and the net income of both parents. Most people are aware that Child support is determined by the amount the payee (The parent paying child support) earns. However, many people are not aware that child support can be reduced and/or modified.
How does the amount of Child Support get Calculated?
Child support calculations are based off of various factors that have to do with both the child and the parents. The court will most likely consider the age of the child, medical needs, and characteristics. From the parent they will consider the income level, education, and financial background of both parents.
Can the Amount of Child Support Be Modified?
Yes, as long as you file for a child support modification with the court. With this document there needs to be a justifiable reason as to why the monthly amount should be raised or lowered.
Does Child Support End Automatically When the Child Turns 18?
Not all the time. Child support has a chance to continue if the court determines that the child is still dependant on the paying parent for financial support. On the other hand if the judge decides that the child is beyond the parents influence they will declare the child emancipated and released from child support.
What Is "Past Due Child Support"?
Past due child support refers to child support paymetns that have been missed or skipped. The court will keep track of amounts that are missing or owed. Over time these amounts can be accumulated, but the paying parent will still be obligated to pay the accumulated amount. If a parent accumulates a large amount of “past due support” if the continually miss their payments. This can cause them to face consequences such as having having their wages garnished from work, or even facing jail time.
What If the Other Parent Refuses to Pay Child Support?
This type of behavior should be reported immediately to the judge or court officials. Failure to pay child support can lead to various legal consequenses. The paying parent will still owe the past due amounts, as long as there is a valid support order on file with the court. In very serious cases, the non-paying parents property and assets may be affected by outstanding child support debt, along with their credit.