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Establishing Child Support FairlyOften, a divorce doesn’t just affect the two individuals who are ending their marriage. It also greatly impacts their children. Ensuring that your child will have access to the resources they need is an extremely important part of any divorce agreement.

This is where the Putnam County child support attorneys at Hedstrom and Harris come in. Our job is to help you get what you need. Our experienced team is full of folks who are truly genuine, and we can walk you through this critical process.

If you are in need of Putnam County child support, give us a call today at (386) 200-6547.

Where Child Support Can Be Used

Under Florida's child support law, child support is paid by the parent with higher earnings to the lower-earning parent, and is used to help cover the costs of living, such as the child's day-to-day and any activities the child might have. Many people think that child support only covers the basic necessities of children, such as food and clothing. In actuality, child support is designed to cover a wide variety of expenses.

Child support is to be used for the following:Child support payments can help with children's doctor visits

  • Basic needs, such as food, shelter, and clothing
  • Educational expenses, including fees, supplies, and books
  • Extracurricular activities like summer camps, sports activities, and more
  • Childcare
  • Basic medical care
  • Uninsured extraordinary medical expenses
  • Entertainment
  • Transportation/travel
  • College expenses

Typically, the use of child support funds is not monitored by the court system. Only in cases where a child’s basic needs are not being met will the courts intervene and require the parents to provide proof that the funds are being used appropriately. Note that child support cannot be deducted from taxes.

How Is Child Support Calculated?

State governments regulate the payment of child support through civil statutes. Depending on the state, there are a few different formulas that the courts could use to configure how much child support is to be paid.

The different formulas for calculating child support include:

  • Income shares model
  • Percentage of income model
  • Melson formula
  • Court discretion

Courts in the state of Florida use the income shares model. Child support payments in this model are determined by the income of both parents and the number of children.

The configuration of the income shares model is as follows:

  • Step 1: The monthly income of both spouses is combined (e.g. custodial parent $1,000 + non-custodial parent $3,000 = $4,000 total monthly income)
  • Step 2: The court determines the total monthly child support obligation based on guidance provided in Florida Statute 61.30 (e.g. $1,000 per child, per month)
  • Step 3: The percentage of the non-custodial parent’s contribution to monthly income is determined (e.g. $4,000/$1,000 = 75% of income)
  • Step 4: The non-custodial parent must pay, in our example, 75% of the child support costs, or $750 per month

Need Help Getting Adequate Child Support in putnam county? Call Today!

The attorneys at Hedstrom and Harris can help you get the support you need to raise your children. Child support and custody can be a complicated process. Our knowledgeable child support lawyers in Putnam County can walk you through everything you need to know about obtaining child support.

Call (386) 200-6547 today for a consultation with one of our qualified attorneys.

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