If you are considering a divorce and have children, there are several things you need to know about the law in Florida.
1. First and foremost, child support is the right of the child – not the parent. Both parents have a continuing legal obligation to provide financial support for their children.
2. The amount of child support to be provided is decided by guidelines established by Florida law. The guidelines take into account a number of factors, ranging from the combined gross income of the parties to the number of minor children in the relationship to monthly health insurance payments made on behalf of the children, and more.
3. Child support generally is paid until the child reaches the age of 18. However, the obligation to pay child support may cease under certain conditions, such as the death of a child or the child’s valid marriage or lawful entry into the military service of the U.S.A. But by and large, child support must be provided through the age of 18, or beyond the age of 18 if still in high school and will graduate before 19.
Like so many of the issues involved in a divorce, child support is not a simple matter, and often leads to heated, emotional discussions. In order to understand your rights and obligations, as well as those of your children, child support should always be discussed with and evaluated by an experienced family law attorney.
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