Child Support Myths – No One Pays Child Support with Joint Custody
THIS IS NOT TRUE!
Florida has Legal, and Physical custody. It is “typical” that both parents have time with the children of the marriage, and that they have Joint Legal Custody.
Legal custody means the parent has the right to make decisions about the children of the marriage. They can decide matters ranging from where they get medical attention, religion, where they live, and so forth.
Physical Custody is the time that the children of the marriage spend with the parent. This is also known as timesharing.
Child support has 2 issues that combine to create the Child Support payment.
- The parents combined income
- The amount of time spent with each parent.
The only time there would be no child support is if the parents had equal income, equal benefits (like insurance for the children) and spend equal time. Under all other circumstances, there is likely to be child support paid from one parent to the other, in the best interest of the children.
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