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A review of the Florida child support guidelines, Part 2

Child support is the payments from one parent to the other to support their mutual child. As discussed in a previous post, the courts consider incomes and expenses from both parents in calculating child support. This post will go over the other factors the court also considers.

Child support is determined, not only by the parent's income and expenses but also by the costs incurred by the child. The court explicitly considers the child's medical expenses, such as prescriptions, and non-covered dental and medical care. The court imposes an additional child support obligation on parents for these expenditures.

Furthermore, the court also considers statutory adjustments to child support. For example, the law adjusts child support for health insurance payments and payments made by one parent for the medical needs of the child. Additionally, if the court is modifying a previous order, the court reviews those original child support obligations.

Finally, the court divides the total child care expenses into child support by assessing which parent is in the physical custody of the child more. Mostly, parents who care for the child on a regular basis pay less in child support. Therefore, the other spouse pays more.

As you can see, child support guidelines instill strict rules regarding support. But the judge can consider whatever is in the best interests of the child. A lawyer can guide you through these guidelines and help you present arguments and evidence supporting your position. You don't need to prepare and submit these arguments on your own, a lawyer can help you.