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Divorce proceedings are often complex when the couple has children. Some of the most contentious areas to settle are parenting-time, medical decisions, and choice of schools. There is also a key financial aspect to consider in such proceedings- that of child support. In Florida, the issue of child support is taken very seriously and this is one of the rare aspects of divorce proceedings that can actually migrate into criminal law. That means if one of the parents fails to abide by the court’s order regarding child support, he or she is committing a criminal offense, which can result in a jail term. Although the law provides a clear structure to follow in determining child support payments, there are several ways in which complications can arise with these cases. In such situations, it helps to have a clear understanding of the objective of the court in determining child support.
The primary objective of granting child support is to ensure that any child of the divorcing couple receives financial support from his or her parents. This parental financial support is a right of the child under Florida law. The money received through child support enables the fulfillment of the child’s basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothing. However, that is not the only important concept. Florida law believes that the child has a right to enjoy the wealth of his/ her parents and child support payments are determined keeping this in mind.
Under Florida law, the court makes some basic presumptions when determining child support.
Both parents are required to pay child support and it is the legal duty of both to ensure that the payments are being made on a consistent basis in line with the court’s ordersThe child support is not a payment made for the other parent and it cannot be used by for any personal purpose. This money belongs to the children and it should be used only for them. But if that parent provides food, clothing, housing, and other necessities, it is assumed that parent is properly using their support payment.