Will I have to pay more in Child Support if my income is high?

In the Florida child support income guidelines, the child support awarded can go beyond the child’s needs if a parent’s income is very high. The court possesses the authority to award an amount of child support beyond the child’s needs to allow the child to experience the parent’s “good fortune.” If the net income of the parents is high, the court will use discretion in awarding child support. In some cases, the court has ruled to award an amount less than the amount determined by the guidelines if it is shown that the guidelines amount is unjustly high. The Florida Supreme Court ruled that a “child is only entitled to share in the good fortune of his parent consistent with an appropriate lifestyle.” Miller v. Schou, 616 So.2d 436, 439 (Fla. 1993).

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