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Does my child's graduation mean I can stop paying their support?

Children can have drastically different needs and, for this reason, the child support orders that Florida courts issue can look very different. In general, though, a child support order may terminate a parent's requirement to pay when the child reaches the age of 18 or 19 and graduates from high school. However, individuals should look at their own child support orders for information regarding their particular rights and obligations.

Addressing medical expenses in a child support order

Parents generally have an obligation for the care and support of their children and children generally have a right to care and support from their parents. This includes child support obligations but can also uninsured or unreimbursed medical expenses as well.

Permissible uses of child support payments

Raising a child in 2018 can be an expensive undertaking. Even for parents who choose to send their kids to public schools and who earn steady incomes, ensuring that children have everything they need to thrive can be financially challenging. When a Florida child is the recipient of child support payments from one of their parents, there may be questions regarding what that money may be used for.

Parents each pay a proportion of computed child support

Computing child support in Florida can seem like a difficult process. It can, in fact, require a significant amount of information and calculation. The first step in computing child support under the Florida guidelines is to add up the total amount of income that the child's parents earn.

How is child support enforced in Florida?

Most people know it is important not to ignore a child support order, but some may wonder what the consequences of doing are and what the penalties are for failing to abide by a valid child support order. Parents who fail to pay child support face serious potential penalties and consequences.

Imputed income in a Florida child support case

Florida courts may look at many forms of income when deciding how much support parents should have to pay for the benefit of their children. They may evaluate the parents' salaries, bonuses, and benefits, as well as their income from investments, dividends, royalties, and pensions. These are only some of the ways individuals can collect money and, when it comes to supporting their children, Florida parents should expect to provide them with what they need.

Changing support for a child's changing needs

One of the most miraculous things that a Florida parent can experience is the development of their child. While different kids reach milestones at different times, parents often wonder at the major changes their children undergo between their first few weeks of life and their transitions into adulthood.

How to modify child support

Child support modifications are important to be familiar with because it can sometimes be difficult to make required child support payments or an increase in child support payments may be needed. Circumstances such as a job loss, injury, change in marital status, change in household income or a change in the circumstances of the child can create a need for a change in child support.

Seek assistance before you fall behind on child support

Last week this family law and divorce blog discussed the important topic of child support. Child support is an obligation between a parent and their offspring that mandates that the parent will provide their child or children with financial support. Child support can be imposed through an agreement between the child's parents or by order of the court. As recently discussed, failing to pay child support can not only result in a child not receiving what they need but also serious penalties for the delinquent parent.

What are the penalties for failure to pay child support?

Penalties for failure to pay child support can be significant. Understanding what they are is important for both paying parents and recipient parents when it comes to child support. Simply failing to pay child support in Florida can result in serious penalties and consequences for the parent who is failing to pay.