About Child Support
There are probably more myths and misconceptions out there about child support than there are about any other aspect of family law. It sometimes seems like everyone has a brother-in-law whose best friend has a dog walker living a life of luxury funded entirely by child support payments from a former spouse. Then there is the often-told story of the millionaire next-door neighbor who was so much smarter than everyone else that he somehow got divorced without having to pay a single dime of child support for any of his ten children. Chances are you’ve heard some variation of these tall tales before.
Unfortunately, this common misconception about the way the law works has contributed to a general sense of anxiety and combativeness that some people feel whenever the subject of child support comes up. One parent worries that he or she will end up paying too much. The other parent is convinced that he or she won’t receive enough. Each side digs in and gets ready for war.
It doesn’t have to be this way. The irony is that, for all of the drama surrounding it, child support is actually one of the easiest issues in any divorce or family law case to resolve.
Child support in Florida basically comes down to doing a bit of math. That is to say, each parent’s monthly child support obligation can be determined fairly quickly by using a statutory formula that incorporates a number of important factors – the number of children, the combined income of the parents, health insurance and childcare costs, etc.
Establishing child support is one of the most important things that the court will do in any divorce or family law case. But, if done properly, it can also be among the simplest issues to resolve. It is the duty of the parties and their lawyers to ensure that the information that goes into the child support calculation is both accurate and complete.
Call us at (954) 430-1868 to schedule your initial consultation with Child Support Lawyer Andrew Foster so that you can learn more about your rights and options.