In the past, child support payments were usually paid by the father to the mother. This was common because the courts used to side with the mother on child custody matters. This was back when fathers had their children every other weekend and two weeks in the summer.
These days, fathers are taking a much more active and central role in their children’s lives. This means that child support payments aren’t as easy to determine now. Instead, courts rely on a complex formula to help them determine child support.
There are several factors that can impact the child support order. One of these is how much time the child spends with each parent. A parent who only has the child 50 percent of the time wouldn’t likely get the same amount of child support as a parent who has a child 90 percent of the time, even if the other circumstances in the case are identical.
Another factor that has an impact on the child support order is the financial situation of each parent. This includes the parents’ income. Typically, the higher income parent would pay the other parent child support as long as the child spends more than half of his or her time with the lower income parent.
Whether you can work things out with the other parent regarding child support and child custody can also have an impact on the child support payments. Florida sets minimum standards for financial support for a child, but parents can come up with their own arrangements as long as they meet or exceed the state’s standards.
It is important to realize that once a child support order is issued, it is enforceable until it expires or is changed. Remembering this might save you from a world of trouble in the future.
Source: Money Crashers, “What Is Child Support – Laws & Guidelines for Payments,” Miranda Marquit, accessed June 13, 2017