Child support can be determined in a number of ways. Some couples are able to agree to support payments outside of a court room; even in such cases, it's a good idea to document the support agreement in a legal fashion to protect each party as time moves forward. Others go to court, and a Florida court makes child support decisions.
Courts across the nation are governed by different state rules when it comes to child support, but some basic factors are looked at in almost every case. First, the court will consider the custody situation. Support payments can be impacted by how much time the children spend with each parent; if one parent cares for the children the majority of the time, that may be cause for a different support requirement than in situations where a couple splits custody evenly. Support situations involving parents who were never married may be even more complex.