Who must pay child support? How is the amount determined in Florida?
Answer: Well, that’s a rather complication question in terms of how to explain it. Usually the party that does not have the physical custody of the child or children would have to pay child support, and that would be essentially someone who didn’t have the majority of the time sharing with the child. Both parents technically have a duty to support their children; but, whether they’ll have to pay is based upon child support guidelines that were established by the Florida legislature that requires the court to look at the gross income of the parties, minus certain required deductions, and that results in an amount that one of the parents may have to pay. There are situations where there is no payment required because of the guidelines do not result in an obligation that was owed between the two parties.