Child Support

Child support in Florida is based on the combined income of the parents of the child and cannot be waived by either party as the money is considered by statute to be the child’s money. Adjustments to child support are made in certain circumstances, including the amount of overnight contact each parent spends with the child(ren). Further, daycare and health insurance premiums are added to the base child support and the parties divide the total child support obligation according to the percentage of the total income amount earned by each party. As a general principle, the Court does not take into account the expenses of the parties, but instead looks at child support as the first and most important financial obligation.