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Child Support

Child Support is payment from one spouse to another for support of the children after a divorce or separation. Normally, child support stops when a child turns 18 years old. Child support cannot be discharged in bankruptcy and is not considered as income by the receiving parent or as a tax deduction by the paying parent. The federal government requires all states to adopt child support guidelines. The formula takes into consideration how much parenting time each parent has, the income of the parents, the total number of children, unusual medical expenses, day care expenses, and insurance, among other factors. The result of the computation is called the "basic" support amount, which can be adjusted by the court based on several unusual items.

When Does Child Support End?
In Florida, child support obligations will terminate once the child reach the age of majority or if the child has been declared emancipated by a court. Child support obligations will also terminate if a parent’s rights and responsibilities are terminated, because, for instance, the child is adopted by someone else.


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