For any Florida divorce involving two parents who share children together, child custody agreements will be established, followed, and enforced once the divorce finalizes. Accompanying most any child custody agreement, there will be a child support order, which describes a certain amount to be paid by the noncustodial parent to the other each month.
What is a Temporary Child Support Order?
Temporary child support orders are issued during the divorce process to ensure that children’s needs are still met during the divorce. They remain in place until a permanent child support order is put in place by the final divorce decree.
Using Temporary Child Support to Stay Afloat
It is crucial for a custodial parent going through a divorce to consider temporary child support. Temporary child support will only last a finite amount of time. Although, the more common conclusion to a temporary child support is its replacement by a permanent order as part of a finalized divorce.
When considering a temporary child support order, the sooner you act, the better. Indeed, if you know you are going to be the primary caretaker of your children during your divorce, you should request temporary child support during your initial divorce filing. Florida courts are generally responsive to such requests, as judges must always rule in the best interests of children. Not allowing temporary child support could be directly detrimental to a child’s wellbeing.
Calculating Temporary Child Support
What do you need to know in order to set up temporary child support for your Florida divorce? You should begin with your own income, proven through pay stubs from as far back as you can find. You will also need to know the income of your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Childcare and health insurance expenses will also be highly important, so collecting related records is key. If your spouse is not acting cooperatively, you should let your Florida divorce attorney know so you can discuss legal options to correct the situation.
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