v19 – We Share Custody – Can We Waive Child Support?
Video Script Below
“My spouse and I agreed to share custody of our child 50/50. Can we waive child support? I’m Steve Kramer. I’m a Florida family law and divorce attorney. Child support in Florida is considered the right of the child. Now, we calculate child support by figuring out how many nights the child spends with each parent, and then calculating the income, and then through that formula we figure out how much child support is generally ordered. So an example would be if you each have the same income and you have 50/50 sharing of the child, well, there might not be any child support there. Whereas, even if you have 50/50 timesharing and one of you makes more than the other then there’s going to be child support. Or let’s say you have the same income but one of you has the child 80% of the time.
Well, again child support is going to be ordered. Again, if you have roughly the same income and the child is shared 50/50, you can waive child support – that’s an option. It’s important for both of the parents to fill out a financial affidavit and basically determine whether or not child support is going to be an issue. But if this something that you’re looking at and you’re able to do an uncontested divorce or a negotiated settlement in your divorce, that’s certainly a positive thing. We want a divorce to go as smoothly and easily as possible; that helps out everybody including the children. And if you’re dealing with this situation, I’d be glad to talk about it.
Thanks for watching. I’m Steve Kramer.”
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