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When is child support paid?

Parents ask themselves and their kids countless questions every day and expect answers. However, there are some questions that need to be answered by a court when parents share custody.

For example, the question of when child support payments need to be paid is something that many parents often are concerned about. There are statutes in Florida that set the guidelines for child support, but these can be confusing. In this blog post, we will examine the "when" of child support.

  • When a person will be ordered to pay child support: In order to be required to pay child support, it must be established that you are the parent of a child through legal acknowledgment, adoption or paternity testing. Once parentage is established, the parent with fewer custodial obligations will typically be ordered by the courts to pay child support.
  • How long support is paid: Child support is generally paid until a child turns 18 years old, though there are exceptions that may result in payments ending earlier or continuing on past a child's 18th birthday.
  • How frequently payments must be made: Generally speaking, child support payments will be once a month.

Knowing when you need to make or can expect these payments can be crucial in helping you plan ahead and make financial decisions for your child. It can also help avoid conflicts or disputes when everyone is clear on when support will be paid.

If you have questions about the timing or expectations of child support, it will be important to discuss them with an attorney. As is the case with any family legal matter, doing so sooner rather than later can minimize escalated disputes and people avoid making costly mistakes.