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My ex-spouse wants me to share half of school expenses, clothes, supplies, etc. Isn’t that what child support is for in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

It depends. Were these expenses addressed in your court order? If not, you can argue that you are not required to pay for these expenses. However, if you have court ordered time sharing, it is common to share uncovered costs either equally with the other parent or pro-rata, which means pursuant to your percentage… Read More »

If the other parent will not allow me to see my children, do I still have to pay child support in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

Yes, the court looks at child support and timesharing as two distinct issues. However, you can file a motion for contempt and enforcement against the other parent for not allowing you to see to your children, assuming you have a court ordered timesharing schedule.

I was just served with a child support case through the Department of Revenue in Florida. What do I do now?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

You should not delay in seeking the assistance from an attorney. The Department of Revenue may put you on child support with no credit for time sharing you may currently have or wish to have. You may attempt to have the Department of Revenue dismiss or prolong your case if you are seeking to… Read More »

Can you waive child support in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

Child support is for the sole benefit of the child or children, and not for the benefit of the parents. It is against Florida law and public policy to waive child support. However, you can speak to an experienced family law attorney about how you may deviate from the child support guidelines.

Does joint custody/time-sharing affect child support in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

Yes, it can. Child support is calculated using your income, the other parents income, health insurance costs for yourself, and the children, other allowable deductions, employment related daycare costs, and overnight time sharing for each parent.

Can I lower my child support payments in Florida if I spend more time with my kids?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

Yes, child support is based off of time-sharing, income, payment of health insurance, payment of daycare, and allowable deductions. The more time you spend with your children, the lower your child support payments will be due to the substantial time that you are getting credit for.

Can child support be ordered retroactively in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

You are able to request child support to be ordered retroactively up to 24 months prior to the date of filing an initial action.

Can child support be retroactively modified in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

You normally can request child support back to the date you filed for the modification; however, there are certain circumstances when you can request child support to be made retroactive past the date of filing, such as when a parent fails to regularly exercise timesharing, and that failure is not caused by the other… Read More »

Will my overtime be included in child support calculations in Florida?

By Donna Hung Law Group |

Well, it depends. If your overtime is regular and continuous, then it may be included in your income for child support calculations.