Following The Child Support Guidelines

As divorce settlements go, child support is generally not a variable up for negotiation or open to discussion. Driven by state-mandated guidelines, the needs of the children generally are firmly protected.

This is based primarily on what the pattern of spending and lifestyle has been like during the marriage. If a certain lifestyle was maintained and remains reasonably affordable, courts often seek continuity and normalcy.

Where discretion may be given relates to out-of-pocket expenses. Parents often disagree on high-ticket expenses, like the continuation of or enrollment in private school, attendance at summer or "sleep-away" camp, or children's travel — especially as, in most cases, two households now will be supported by the same relative income.

Even overnight stays have become a point of contention. The more overnights a parent has with the child or children, the less child support that parent pays. Some parents seek to host more overnights, so as to reduce child support they pay.

The Law Offices of Barry I. Finkel, P.A., is a divorce and family law firm experienced in matters related to child support - and focused on serving the needs of the entire family. Established in Fort Lauderdale / Broward County, Florida, in 1992, the firm's lawyers provide trusted matrimonial counsel to clients facing turbulent times and unsettling situations. For a consultation or to schedule an appointment, please call our firm.

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