How are Child Support Awards Determined?
Posted on Jul 21, 2010 8:00am PDT
In the state of Florida, a
child support order tells a parent exactly what he or she must do to support his or
her child. The amount of the child support order that is awarded will
always be based upon the laws of the state and the state's child support
guidelines, which are used to make sure that payment amounts are fair.
Generally, the state of Florida will consider the following factors and
guidelines before determining the amount of a child support order:
- Income of both parents
- Children's health and health needs
- Children's standard needs
After considering these guidelines, the court will decide upon the amount
of child support a parent has to pay. It is important to note that in
some cases, the amount of child support awarded may be higher or lower
than the state's established guidelines. For example, if a child has
special needs, the child support amount that is awarded may be higher.
If you would like to get an estimate of how much child support you will
have to pay or will receive, you should speak with a
Jacksonville family law attorney.
Contact our firm today to set up an initial case evaluation.