If you and your child's other parent aren't in a relationship any longer, you might've been ordered to pay child support. This support is a long-term obligation that you are expected to meet. If you fail to meet the obligations, you can face penalties, as well as the requirement to catch up and pay off those arrears.
Child support orders must be taken seriously. As we discussed in our previous blog, you can pay more child support than you owe. However, it is crucial that the court-ordered child support payments are made on time so that you can avoid having to get into legal trouble.
You know that you have to pay child support in accordance with the court order that was handed down at the time of your divorce. It's critical to follow this order to the letter, paying the right amount and paying it on time. Failing to do so can lead to a whole host of issues, possibly including jail time and wage garnishment.
Some people think that a non-custodial parent's financial obligation to a child ends with child support payments. This isn't always the case. In many child support cases, uninsured medical expenses are another financial obligation that the non-custodial parent can have.
In our previous blog post, we discussed why child support is such an important obligation for parents. If you recall, we touched on some of the aspects of a child's life that are covered by child support payments. We also briefly mentioned that parents who don't think the child is being provided for might be able to take action in court.
Some non-custodial parents balk at the thought of having to pay child support. They might think that the other parent is going to blow the money on other things. While some people might have valid concerns about where the child support money is going, there isn't much they can do about that unless the child isn't being taken care of.
Raising a child is expensive, especially for a single parent. That is one of the reasons why child support is a factor when parents aren't in a relationship any longer. In fact, parents can turn to the court to get the court to order a non-custodial parent to pay child support. No matter which side of a child support case you are on, we can help you to learn about how Florida child support laws can affect you.
Child support is a very emotional issue in many divorce and is responsible for a great many conflicts. One of the main factors in this is when one parent feels he or she is being held responsible for an unfair portion of the financial support of the children. However, it's important to understand that the law requires that both parents provide their share of the financial support. This just plays out differently in practice depending on the individual situation.
Many factors go into the calculation of child support payments. The state of Florida uses the income of both parents as the main basis for deciding how much a child support order should be, but there are also other considerations. Additional sources of income, such as self-employment monies, annual or performance bonuses, and rental income may affect how much the child support amounts to.
As a child grows and circumstances change, it might become evident that the child support orders that you are using now might need to be changed. It is possible to seek a child support modification order if your case meets the requirements that are set for this type of action. We know that you might have some questions about child support modification. We are here to help you learn what you need to know as it pertains to your case.