Category: Family and Wealth Planning

Q7. I do not need child support and I do not want it, can I waive child support?

A: No! Child Support is the property of the child and the parents cannot negotiate or waive child support. It is not the parent’s money, it is the child’s money. The court will protect the child’s interest and will not allow a parent to…

Q6. If I do not exercise my visitaion rights with the child, do I still have to pay child support?

A: Yes! child support is an obligation and is not contingent on seeing or caring for the child. Even if you do not visit with the child or the other parent interferes in your visitations with the child, you must pay child support. Yahima…

Q5. Do I have to pay child support if I have shared visitation with my child about half the time?

A: It depends. If your income and the other parent’s income is relatively similar, you may not have to pay child support. However, if one of the parents makes more than the other, that parent may still have some child support obligation. This amount…

Q4. Who pays for health insurance and child care costs?

A: Health insurance and child care costs are to be shared by both parents in accordance with each parent percentage share under the child support guidelines unless the parents agree otherwise. Yahima Suarez, Esq. Yahima Suarez,  A Law Firm, PL info@yslawyers.com 305-456-7158 Any information…

Q3. How do I know how much should I pay for child support?

A: The Florida Statutes set guidelines and a formula to calculate child support. The amount you will pay depends on your income and the income of the other parent. You add both your income and the income of the other parent and go to…

Q2. When do I start paying child support?

A: You must start paying child support as soon as you stop living with the other parent and the child is not living most of the time with you. If the child lives with you, then you should be receiving child support right away….

Q1. Do I have to pay child support if I was never married?

Q1. Do I have to pay child support if I was never married? A: Yes! Child support is for the child regardless of the marital status of the parents. Once you no longer live with the child , you must pay child support. Yahima…

Time Sharing and Parenting Plans in Florida

In Florida, we tend to continue to say “child custody” and “primary residential custody” as those were the terms used for many years. However, the law has moved from these terms and now we have “parenting plans” and “time sharing” agreements to designate visitation…