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Changes to Child Support Law in 2014
In July 2014, an important change was made to Florida's child support
laws. These changes will drastically impact the amount of support that
the supporting party gives to the other parent.
In the previous law, the parent with fewer overnights would have to have
at least 40% of overnights to qualify for an adjustment.
Under the new law, a parent will qualify for reduced child support payments
if the child stays with that parent for at least 20% of the time. This
will cause a tiered structure to affect the calculation to account for
the actual amount of time spent with each parent.
Factors that Are Affected by the New Child Support Law
Some of the aspects of child support that have changed because of the new
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Health insurance - One of the primary factors that courts and the Department of Revenue
will consider when determining the amount of child support is the cost
of the child's health insurance. The "reasonable cost" of
the child's health insurance cannot be more than 5% of a parent's
Aging out of a child - If you have more than one child, you will need to explain how the child
support will change as the child "ages out" of child support
eligibility. In most cases, child support will end when a child becomes
18 years of age or older. This adjustment makes it so filing a modification
is not necessary.
Lowering income levels - The change also makes it very difficult for parents to lower their income
levels out of a desire to lower what they pay in child support. Under
the new law, it is assumed that a voluntarily unemployed, underemployed,
or nonparticipating parent's income level is at the same place as
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