One of the custody arrangements that Florida parents may be given if they get divorced is joint custody, or the shared legal and physical custody of their children. This means that both parents take part in the daily responsibilities of raising the children, which includes contributing financially.
While the Child Support Standards Act regulates child support obligations, it does not address issues that pertain to joint custody child support. It is the courts that determine what the child support obligations should be in joint custody arrangements. The CSSA mandates that the courts are to instruct parents who do not have the everyday responsibilities of taking care of their children to pay a portion of the children’s support obligations. The amount that these parents would pay would depend on factors like how much income they earn and the number of children they have.
The child support formula that is used by each state is different. In cases where the parents share the children equally, the court may not require either parent to submit child support payments. Some states may use their child support formula to determine an amount and then divide that amount in half to come up with the appropriate child support amount that should be paid. In other states, the number of days that the children spend with their parent is the basis of the child support calculation.
A child support attorney may consider the factors of clients’ cases and may advise which legal avenues should be pursued to obtain the desired outcome. The attorney may explain to clients about child support guidelines and how an amount is calculated. Litigation may be advised to resolve disputes regarding everyday expenses and extracurricular expenses. The attorney may ask the court to begin enforcement proceedings to collect on delinquent payments.