In the dissolution of a marriage or matters of paternity, child support is a court-ordered obligation and the right of every child. The parents may not agree to waive that obligation. Ongoing payments from the biological or adoptive parent are meant to provide for a child’s health and well-being. Specifically, monetary contributions are meant to provide for fixed and variable expenses. Examples are housing necessities to ensure the child has a safe environment. Educational expenses, food, daycare costs for the parent’s employment needs, health insurance, and extracurricular activities are also considerations.
In addition to each parent’s financial situation, the child or children’s overnight schedule is a factor when calculating payment. The Florida statute allows for a reduction in child support if the contributing parent has the child or children overnight for more than 73 nights a year. As the overnight schedule increases, there is a reduction in the amount of the payment.
Florida State utilizes the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act in these instances. It is a method to establish child support for a child living in Florida with a parent in another state. It assists in enforcing a support order for a parent outside of Florida. The Florida Department of Revenue assists with in-state and out-of-state collections and enforcement. A parent relocating out of state may be grounds for a modification of child support.