Florida Child Support FAQs
At the law firm of The Holman Law Firm, in Pensacola, we provide comprehensive representation to clients throughout the Northwest Florida Panhandle and across the state in a broad range of complex child support matters. Many people do not understand how Florida child support matters are decided, and many have similar questions about how to ensure the best possible outcome.
Our Florida child support FAQs are intended to provide general information on some of the most frequent questions we receive. If you have additional questions or need skillful representation for a complex child support issue, we encourage you to contact our law firm.
Q: Can I waive child support?
No. Child support is the right of the child, and no parent has the right to waive it.
Q: How is child support calculated in Florida?
There are statutory guidelines that determine the amount of child support that must be paid for each child. These guidelines take a number of factors into consideration such as the income level of each parent, the parenting time schedule, the child’s health care and child care costs, and other considerations. Our lawyers work to ensure that complete and accurate information is used so that the most fair and accurate calculation is made.
Q: What if one parent refuses to work?
Under Florida law, if a parent is unemployed or underemployed by his or her own choice, the court can order child support based on the amount of income he or she could earn by pursuing more gainful employment. You can learn more about this issue by visiting our Imputation of Income page.