Why is child support so expensive?

Let's face it. Raising children is expensive no matter how much a parent makes. Consider that divorced and separated parents must do this (essentially on their own) while maintaining a household on one income, it is no surprise that child support is a necessary part of being a single parent.

However, child support is commonly a contentious issue. Many of those who pay support believe that it is ill-received or simply too much. They may question how the support amount is reached and how it may be different from others who are subject to support obligations. At the same time, those who are ordered to receive support claim that they often do not receive enough (or such payments on time). This may prompt them to request more money.

Despite the disagreements around child support in Florida, payments are based on three elements: basic support, medical support, and child care costs. It is very common for parents who pay support to only consider the basic support portion. Coincidentally, those receiving support may believe that basic support should be expanded to pay for books and school lunches, sports programs as well as swimming lessons. However, are not expenses covered under basic support.

More importantly, the costs of medical support (which cover the unreimbursed costs of medical care) and the costs of daycare are quite expensive. It is normal to spend $250 per week on daycare. So when all of these expenses are considered, a support obligation may seem expensive, but it really incorporates the necessary costs of raising a child in Florida.

Source: DivorceSupport.com, What does child support cover

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