The Duration of Child Support in Florida

Some parents may wonder how long support obligations might last. The default option, which occurs if no other arrangements are made, is that child support terminates on the child's 18th birthday. However, if there are other agreements made, other considerations change the duration. The simplest way to have a say in how long child support payments last is simply to list the day, month and year that child support obligations are terminated. Parties may also come to an agreement that establishes a variable amount according to the ages of the different children involved with regards to multiple children.

This ruling may be changed later if the child becomes emancipated, joins the armed services, is married or dies. It may also change if the court finds it in the best interests of the child to modify the original agreement. This may occur through a request for appeal to the court, However, changes to the current situation must be significant to warrant such a change.

Some things that might require lengthier child support payments include medical support payments, changed financial situation, change in educational situation or allegations of domestic violence. Courts are able make decisions regarding how long child support payments in Florida last on a case-by-case basis.

A family lawyer may help fathers to handle child support concerns in the fallout of divorce. Lawyers may assist with paperwork, designing a legal strategy and negotiations. Family law depends on formal establishment of financial and personal situations, and a lawyer offers skills at expressing these details in such a way as to provide for the best interest of a client.

Source: Online Sunshine, "61.13 Support of children; parenting and time-sharing; powers of court.—", November 13, 2014


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