Child Support

Child support is a dual obligation imposed on the parents of a child by the State of Florida. There is a very strong public policy in our state requiring a parent to provide support for his or her children. Child support cannot be waived by either parent.

Florida Statutes Chapter 61.30 sets forth the guidelines that are to be applied by the court in establishing the amount of child support to be paid. There are several factors that are included in the mathematical calculation that determines the child support obligation in a family law matter. These factors include each party’s income, children’s health insurance premium costs, daycare costs, and the number of overnights each child spends with each parent.

Courts are permitted to deviate from the guideline child support amount and award a different child support amount, based upon specific circumstances and written findings that must be included in the court order.

Although not included in the mathematical child support guidelines calculation, it is important to address payment of extracurricular activities, uncovered medical expenses, and life insurance coverage, in addition to the monthly child support obligation. Child support is modifiable by either parent after the final judgment, provided the necessary burdens of proof under the law are met.

Patricia Sciarrino is experienced in dealing with all child support issues, including determining a parent’s actual income as well as enforcement issues. For more information and to schedule your confidential consultation, please contact the law office of Patricia Sciarrino, P.A. at (772) 463-8017.

Patricia Sciarrino represents clients in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobee counties who reside in Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Port Saint Lucie, Fort Pierce and Okeechobee in marital and family law matters, including the following areas:

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