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The importance of knowing child support guidelines in Florida

Child support in Florida can be a contentious issue for parents after divorce or after the end of other relationships. Be it joint custody or sole physical custody, both parents will likely want to ensure that they are providing sufficient benefits to fulfill their child's needs. To raise a child in the best possible manner, it is important for parents to be well-aware of the child support guidelines.

Federal laws governing child support enforcement in Florida

While it may be widely understood that child custody matters generally fall under state law, it is worth being mindful of the limited federal laws related to the prosecution of parents who willfully fail to pay legal child support obligations. Individuals may be subject to federal prosecution for not abiding to the order passed by the court per the provisions of Section 228 of Title 18 of the United States Code.

The expenses meant to be covered by child support

If a Floridian ever spends much time around a party who pays an ex-spouse child support, it is likely that at one point or another there has been mention of some disapproval in the way the money is spent. However, the receiving party may not always be in the wrong in what he or she chooses to purchase or pay for with child support funds.

Child support and parenting time calculations

The amount of time a child spends with a parent is known as "parenting time" and it is calculated based on the amount of overnight visits a child spends with a parent within a 365 day period. Those nights are broken down into a percentage. For example, if a child spends 80 nights out of a year with one parent, then that parent maintains 22 percent parenting time.

Tips for locating a deadbeat parent

In Florida, more children than ever are being born to unmarried couples. Getting married is a personal choice that does not affect an ability to raise children. However, staying unmarried does make it easier for one spouse to disappear if he or she does not wish to parent or pay any expenses for the children. In other words, to avoid paying child support when he or she decides to no longer be a part of the relationship.

Medical expenses and child support

Ongoing medical expenses for a sick or disabled child can add up very quickly, especially for families with no insurance. When calculating child support payments, it is of vital importance that current, as well as future expenses, be taken into account to ensure there is money available when bills arrive.