If you’re expecting to pay or receive child support payments after your divorce is finalized, you may wish to talk to your divorce attorney regarding how the court reaches its decision. As your divorce attorney can explain to you, child support payments can vary widely based on a number of factors. These include the net monthly income of both parents and the basic monthly obligation. Florida law establishes a basic monthly obligation based on the number of children that are involved and the combined monthly income of the parents. Then, the court determines which percentage of financial responsibility each parent has, in addition to each parent’s share of the basic monthly obligation.
As your Tampa Bay attorney can explain during your free lawyer consultation, the court then considers other factors that can add to the amount of child support payments. The court will evaluate the total monthly child care costs, including the total amount spent on the children’s health insurance, and non-covered medical, dental, and pharmaceutical expenses. The court will also consider the number of overnight stays with each parent to determine a final amount of child support.