- posted: Jun. 14, 2017
When the Florida Child Support Guidelines do not provide sufficient monthly support for your minor children, you may have the option of increasing the child support award by filing a Motion for an Upward Deviation from the Child Support Guidelines. Florida Courts do have the discretion to deviate a child support amount up to five percent (5%) from the child support guidelines amount without having to provide any written judicial findings. However, for any deviation greater than 5%, the Court will have to base its written findings on certain legal factors. Some of those factors are listed below.
- A child has unusual medical, psychological, education, or dental expenses;
- A child has special needs, such as costs that could be associated with a disability;
- The parent paying child support has an unique financial situation, in which the child support guidelines did not properly calculate the parent’s capability to pay; or
- An adjustment that includes reasonable and necessary expenses or debts.