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Child SupportIn Florida, there are legal guidelines that govern child support. Only in exceptional circumstances may a Court deviate from the legal guidelines. The guidelines take into account a number of factors, including the monthly incomes of both parents, the cost of daycare or after-school care for the child, the cost of health insurance benefits for the child, and the timesharing schedule either agreed by the parents or established by the Court, and the number of children involved.

Typically, the child support payments are intended to include the cost of any extra-curricular activities for the child. Generally speaking, if a parent unilaterally chooses to enroll a child in private school, then he or she likely will be responsible for that expense.

Child support may be modified by a Court at any time until the child reaches the age of eighteen, or, in some cases, graduates from high school, if there is a substantial change in the circumstances of either party. Adult children dependent on a parent for support may also continue to receive child support if ordered by the Court.

Florida law does not require a parent to contribute to the expenses of a child's college education, unless the parents have specifically agreed in writing.

Florida and federal law require that child support be deducted from the paying parent's employment paycheck with a specialized Court Order, except in exceptional circumstances.

Florida Statutes 61.30 Child support guidelines; retroactive child support

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