It is a fact that Florida courts are serious about parents satisfying any financial obligations associated with raising their children, and especially those ordered to pay child support. Child support obligations come first, and courts can even order payments deducted from an obligor’s paycheck. And even those who are unemployed are still expected to meet their financial obligations in rearing their children, including when they may get married again. In the view of the Florida courts, prior family obligations are a priority over second family obligations.
Child support amounts
Child support amounts are usually based by the state on how much income a parent may earn. The standard of living previously enjoyed by the family can be a factor. However, there is no state minimum or maximum regardless of what payment agreements that parents may make concerning support levels. Courts evaluate the family standard of living prior to the divorce, combine both parents’ incomes, and then make a determination how much the custodial parent will be paid. This requirement also applies with 50/50 joint custody arrangements.
Petitioning the court for child support changes
Either parent may petition the court for a change in child support responsibilities when they think there is a valid reason to justify the adjustment. This includes increases as well as decreases. However, remarrying may not factor into any adjustment decisions. Marrying again is effectively a personal choice that has little bearing on prior obligations unless failure to pay is the result. Both sides may present arguments when a change is requested, but the court makes the final decision regardless of any extenuating factors.
Remarrying is typically not a qualified reason to request a child support reduction for the most part. However, a disruption in employment status may be acceptable aside from any new family financial responsibilities in Florida.