As a result of divorce or marital separation, a non-custodial parent may be required by law to provide financial support for each child. In the State of Florida, child support is calculated using a set of guidelines set forth by the state. The amount of child support that a party may be required to pay by a court will vary due to some factors such as:
- Needs of the children
- Age/station of life of the child
- Standard of living and financial status or ability of each parent
Additionally, a parent may be required to pay more in child support if the other parent is granted by the court substantial more time with the other parent. In divorce cases a financial affidavit, which is a document that is a sworn statement of a party’s gross income, expenses, assets and liabilities, is filled out by both parties and also plays a role in the child support awarded by a court.