SIMPLE DIVORCE FLORIDA CHILD SUPPORT ATTORNEY
Child support is not a negotiation. In other words, parents cannot agree on a child support amount and think that it will be approved. Child support is a right that belongs to the child, as all children need the support of both parents. A common complaint our Florida child support lawyer hears is from the parent paying child support is that the receiving parent does not use the money for the actual support of the child; instead, the parent is going out to dinner, movies or Disney World. Can you compel that parent to give you an accounting as to how the money is spent? Generally no. The court is not going to micromanage how the child support payment is spent. It is presumed that the money, in some way, is being used to support the child – they need to eat, be entertained and continue being kids. On the other hand, if the money is being spent to support a drug habit or lavish trips when the kids are living in squalor like conditions, by all means let the court know about it. Short of that type of situation, the receiving parent can essentially do as they see fit with the money.