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Child support is a periodic payment generally made by one parent to the other to ensure the provision of adequate financial support for the child during each parents’ respective time-sharing period. Florida law sets forth guidelines to be followed in determining how much child support is owed to either parent by the other based upon the combined income of the parents, the time-sharing arrangement exercised by the parties, and the number of children for which support must be provided.
This is a general explanation of how child support is legally determined or established. Although there are a few different reasons or circumstances where a court might deviate from the guidelines, it is important to understand that in the State of Florida child support exists exclusively for the purpose of ensuring the financial support of the children. Therefore, the parents generally cannot agree to waive a party’s child support obligation absent very good cause followed by an order of the Court.
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