Children are a priceless product of a relationship or union that equally belongs to both parents, so when that relationship ends, making arrangements for sharing the children is not an easy task. However, what must be kept in mind is that both parents have a legal obligation to financially care and provide for the children to the best of their abilities.
To ensure that children of divorce or unmarried parents are provided with a reasonable standard of living, the state of Florida requires obligated parties to complete a child support worksheet that lists the guidelines that a judge follows to determine a fair amount of support that the non-custodial parent must pay. The worksheet takes into account all monies brought into the home by both parties.
When deciding on the amount of child support that each parent must provide, several costs are considered, such as food, clothing, shelter, and medical care. However, because every child support case is different, any number of other special factors may be considered in child support allocations, such as education or transportation costs.
Florida has child support guidelines which set forth each party’s monetary obligation to be paid each month for the support of his/her children. To ensure that sound child support arrangements are made to suit all parties involved, Ms. Goade maintains the most up to date child support calculation program which is used by most judges on the Treasure Coast. She makes sure that party ultimately knows what his/her share of the basic support obligation is, along with health insurance expenses for the children and any daycare/aftercare expense.