Children are bound to have different needs as they grow older and their priorities and interests change. They may have needs now that they did not have a year ago. Parents, whether together or separately, have the financial responsibility to ensure that these needs are met to make sure their children have an adequate standard of living.
But what exactly does this responsibility cover?
Child support in Florida
Even with the marriage completely dissolved, parents still have the obligation to continue supporting their child’s daily necessities, upkeep, education and other necessary support until they reach their legal age. Parents cannot waive this obligation.
Computed using Florida’s Child Support Guidelines, the amount of child support will be based primarily on each parent’s income, custody rights and the number of children involved. However, judges may stray from these guidelines if they find it fit for the child’s best interest.
What does it cover?
Necessities do not only mean food, shelter and clothing. Since child support ensures that the child grows up with an acceptable standard of living, the support also includes education, sports, travel and other recreational activities. Specifically, child support in Florida includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Food, shelter and clothing
- Education and relevant expenses such as books, supplies, uniforms and school activities (sports, music, school trips, etc.)
- Health insurance
- Other medical costs required to maintain health, including dental and vision expenses
- Recreational activities which may include hobbies, summer training and camps, weekend activities, etc.
It is understandable for parents to get confused about what child support covers, especially with the constant changes their children go through as they grow older. If you have any confusion about child support, you may want to consult with an attorney to better understand its coverage and application.