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Legal Information: Florida

Custody

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Updated: 
December 21, 2018

Can I get financial support for my child in a custody order (parenting plan)?

Yes.  A custody (parenting plan) order will contain provisions for child support.  In making an award of child support, the court will consider the incomes of the parties and apply the Child Support Guidelines (pursuant to section 61.30 of the Florida Statutes). The expenses of day care and health insurance will be included in the calculation. If a child has special needs, the court may consider increasing the payment based on the child’s needs. To review these guidelines, please see the FL Statutes page.