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Florida Child Support

The amount of child support ordered in a divorce case is determined by statute based on: the income of the parents, health care costs, childcare costs, special needs, and the amount of timesharing each parent is awarded. The court may deviate from the statutory amount in special circumstances.


Often parents can't agree on timesharing during divorce mediation or negotiation because of the direct effect it has on child support payments. In a 50/50 timesharing scenario, if both parents make very similar salaries, it is possible that neither parent will have to pay child support.


Timesharing (custody) has a direct impact on child support orders when both parents are scheduled to have custody of the child at least 73 nights per year. Contact our Orlando divorce attorneys to discuss your potential child support order. (407) 956-2172


In most cases however, there is a difference of income between the parties and often timesharing is not 50/50.  In those cases, the parent who is responsible for a greater share of the overall support of the children based on the statute will be ordered to pay the other parent the difference between their support obligation and the support they are presumed to be providing directly during their timesharing.


In addition to the statutory base amount of child support, the divorce court will consider actual health care costs and childcare costs. The court will give credit to the parent paying those costs and order the other parent to contribute proportionally.


Modification of Child Support

Child support ordered as part of a divorce may be modified later when there has been an unanticipated substantial change in circumstances since the original order. Modification requires reopening the old case to have the court reconsider the child support order in light of the new circumstances. Unanticipated and substantial changes in circumstances may include: loss of job, disability, disability of the child, substantial increase or decrease in income, or any other circumstance that has a direct effect on your ability to provide for your children.


If you are facing divorce and child support will be an issue, contact our Orlando divorce lawyers to look after your rights. (407) 956-2172

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