Child Support Guidelines §61.29, Fla. Stat. Part 14 of 18| Divorce Attorney Fort Myers/Cape Coral
61.29, Fla. Stat., provides for child support guidelines principles. These principles do not affect the actual computation of the child support itself, but provide the following:
- Each parent has a fundamental obligation to support his or her minor or legally dependent child.
- The guideline schedule is based on the parents’ combined net incomes estimated to have been allocated to the child as if parents and children were living in an intact household.
- The guidelines encourage fair and efficient settlement of support issues between parents and minimize the need for litigation.
Below please find some general information regarding child support and how it is calculated.
Substantial Contact Adjustment (Gross up calculations)
- If the parent does not regularly exercise the substantial time, then the other parent may seek modification on that basis. Garren v. Oliver, 108 So.3d 1158 (Fla. 1st DCA 2013)
When Time Sharing is Not Exercised
- A parent’s failure to regularly exercise the court-ordered or agreed time-sharing schedule not caused by the other parent which resulted in the adjustment of the amount of child support pursuant to subparagraph (a)10, or paragraph 11(b) shall be deemed a substantial change of circumstances for purposes of modifying the child support award. A modification pursuant to this paragraph is retroactive to the date the “noncustodial” parent first failed to regularly exercise the time sharing. 61.30(11)(c), Fla. Stat. Buhler v. Buhler, 83 So.3d 790 (Fla. 5th DCA 2011).
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