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Does Child Support Depend on How Many Kids I Have?

The divorce aftermath can be a confusing and stressful time. Children being involved often make this time even more taxing. If you don’t have full custody of your child after the divorce, you may be wondering how child support will work out. Moreover, how much child support will you have to pay and will you have to pay more for multiple children? Let’s take a closer look at the family laws regarding child support in Florida.

How Child Support is Determined

The first thing usually determining how much child support will be paid is whether one parent has full custody. Typically, if one parent has sole custody, the other parent will have to pay child support. However, in situations where both parents have joint custody, child support is less common. Each case is judged separately, and there is no one rule for all divorces.

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Once it’s determined child support does have to be paid, the case is then looked at closer to determine how much child support will be paid. Things like financial needs of the child, income of the full-time parent, child’s standard of living, usually come into play at this stage. A judge will look at the situation and see what the income needs are before determining how much child support will be paid. In this stage, the judge will usually factor in how many children are involved. If a parent is paying support for multiple children, they can expect an increased payment than if there was only one child to cover. This logic is simple: the cost of providing for three children is higher than providing for one.

Each Case is Different

Like stated above, each case is different. As income levels, standards of living, and custody situations vary, so do child support rulings. Although there are certain standards in Florida’s family laws, there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution for divorce cases. Always consult with your lawyer regarding your divorce and family law needs.

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