A court may at any time order either or both parents who owe a duty of support to a child to pay child support to the other parent in accordance with the guidelines in Section 61.30 of the Florida Statutes. Payment of child support is not contingent on parenting time or contact with the child.
A parent who does not pay a child support obligation may not be denied time-sharing on that basis. Likewise, a parent may not refuse to make child support payments because the time-sharing plan is not being honored by the parent who should have received child support.
A parent may not be relieved of a duty to pay child support by agreeing not to see the children. However, the amount of time each parent spends with the children can affect the amount of child support paid.
The court may deviate from the guidelines amount by up to 5 percent without explanation in certain circumstances. A deviation of more than 5 percent requires a written finding explaining why ordering payment of such an amount would be appropriate.
Peeler Law Firm, PLLC, can help you with any child support issues you may have. Stan Peeler has extensive skill and experience regarding all child support and family law issues and is available to discuss with you any child support matter you may have at no charge and no obligation. Peeler Law Firm, PLLC, can be reached at 850-432-7705 or by email.