Establishing Child Support In Florida


Child support often goes hand in hand with divorce, separation and child custody. Determining each parent’s financial responsibility for the children involves many complex considerations.

Florida’s child support guidelines establish presumptive child support payments based on two key categories: the financial situation of the parents and the needs of the child. The parental time-sharing arrangement plays a role in this determination. Additionally, other financial considerations are factored in, such as:

  • Income
  • Health care
  • Child care costs
  • Educational expenses
  • Any special needs of the children

Some situations involve greater complexity. For example, when one parent is self-employed, establishing an accurate measurement of income can be challenging. Disputes also frequently arise when one parent is underemployed (earning less than his or her capacity) or unemployed.

Why It’s Important To Seek Professional Legal Guidance

Because child support cases are so detail-oriented and fact-intensive, it’s important to get help from a lawyer who understands the nuances of Florida child support law.

Every family is different. You can’t rely solely on online child support calculators. Instead, get individualized guidance from a lawyer who will take a close and detailed look at your situation.

You will find knowledgeable, personable guidance at Winter Spires & Associates, P.A.. We have a well-established family law practice backed by years of experience. Led by attorney Winter Spires, our legal team shares a commitment to meeting clients’ needs through quality service. We will take the time to get to know you and understand your situation.

If you have questions about child support — whether an initial determination or subsequent modification — call 850-502-2241 to arrange a consultation. We have convenient offices in Destin and Marianna.

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