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How Does the Cost of Childcare Affect Florida Child Support?
When the court calculates how much child support will be paid in a Florida Divorce or a Florida Paternity case, there are many factors which are taken into account. One of these is the cost of childcare.
First, your expert Tampa Divorce Attorney will assist the court in determining how much basic child support should be paid based upon the net incomes of the parents under the Florida Child Support Guidelines. Then the court will add the cost of health insurance for the children.
Many people pay some sort of childcare for their children. This will be considered in the child support calculation, but only if it is necessary to enable one parent or the other to get to work. The next step, then, would be to add this cost to the required full child support of the children after deducting a straight 25% amount. The reason for the deduction is that the Internal Revenue Service allows a tax credit for a portion of health insurance attributable to the children.
Once this is added to the basic child support amount, the court is closer to giving the final Florida child support to the parents.
Bottom Line: The mathematical child support calculation includes the cost of childcare for the children and your expert St. Petersburg divorce lawyer can assist in this calculation.
(copyright Stann Givens 2009)
When the Florida court decides on the issue of child custody and visitation, the gender of the parents is not considered. For example, a mother will not automatically receive custody of the children just because she is the mother. The judge must only consider what is in the best interests of the child. Florida divorce law requires Shared Parental Responsibility. This means that even though the child may live with one parent, the other parent has equal say in raising the child. Each party must be consulted on the education, health, religion, and discipline of the child. And, if the parties cannot agree on these important issues, the judge will make the decisions.
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