When parents in Florida end their marriage, it often falls to at least one of the parents to pay child support. Sometimes both you and your ex-spouse have a child support obligation. At the law office of Michael E. Golub, we know that you want to determine as soon as possible if you will have to pay child support and, if so, how much. Your child support obligation depends a great deal on your individual circumstances. There are several different factors that go into the determination.
It will probably be necessary to figure out your co-parenting plan with your ex-spouse before any discussion of child support can take place. The reason is that the amount of time that the children spend with each parent is a significant factor in determining which parent is to pay child support and how much. The responsibility to pay child support generally falls to the parent who spends less time with the children, usually calculated according to overnights spent with each parent.
The number of children that you have will also come under consideration. This includes the children that you have with your spouse, but it also includes any children that you have from a previous relationship. If you are already paying child support for children of a previous relationship, that is another variable that affects your responsibility to pay.
The time you spend with your children and your existing financial responsibilities are important factors in determining child support. Another important consideration is your net income. This includes the amount that you earn from your employment less any applicable deductions, which may include union dues, health insurance premiums and taxes. More information about financial obligations after divorce is available on our website.