The State of Florida requires both parents to provide support for their minor child. Furthermore, child support is the right of the child and cannot be negotiated or contracted away.
FL Statute 61.30
Generally speaking, child support is calculated using a formula, which combines the net income of both parents, and takes into account certain specified expenses including but not limited to health insurance premiums and daycare costs. Additionally, the calculations will include the number of overnights the child spends with each parent.
Retroactive support may be established for the time period between the date the parents separated and the date that the child support order goes into effect. If the parents were separated more than two years prior to the filing of the case, retroactive support may be established for a period starting twenty-four months prior to the date of filing through the date the child support obligation becomes effective.
Please give us a call at (904) 707-8711 or send a message through our contact form if you have any questions about child support or if you need legal representation in a child support case. One of our Jacksonville Child Support Attorneys will speak with you regarding your rights and available courses of action.