Divorce in Florida has been changed again by the signing of House Bill 907 by Governor Crist on June 3, 2010. The bill made some significant changes to Floridachild support laws. These new statutes should reduce court battles over child support and visitation. The new laws go into effect on October 1, 2010.One of the biggest changes to divorce in Florida results in easing the burden onparents when a child becomes an adult and child support must be adjusted for the reduction in number of children being cared for. Under the existing Florida divorce laws if you have several children and one turned 18 and/or graduated fromhigh school you must file a petition to modify child support for the remaining children. This is expensive and causes a lot of unnecessary court appearances. Under the new laws the child support orders must be written more specifically stating when the support will end for each child and the amounts to be paid when each support responsibility ends. If there are multiple children the orders will give a detailed breakout with termination dates and amounts of support for each child.In a divorce in Florida, child support will normally continue until the child reaches the age of 18 or until the child graduates from high school. If they havenâ
t graduated by the age of 19 the child support will end upon that birthday. The support can also be extended if the child is dependent on their parents due to aphysical or mental disability.Another change to divorce in Florida should also reduce unnecessary court appearances and costs. Florida divorce laws currently have a standard child support formula and a modified formula. If the non custodial parent cares for the childrenmore than 146 overnights in a year this triggers a modified child support formula that results in much lower support payments. This is only fair to the parentsbut it is causing them to fight over visitation for money rather than love of their children. While one parent is trying to keep the visitation under 146 nights per year the other is fighting for more.Under the new Florida divorce laws the magic number has been reduced to 73 overnights. More than 73 overnights of visitation will be called substantial time sharing and will qualify for the alternate formula. This makes divorce in Florida more customized for the children and the parents. The money will follow the children as it should.Divorce in Florida has been changed in other ways by House Bill 907. The new lawwill allow the court to impute or estimate what a parent should be earning in income. This estimate will then be used to calculate child support. This statuteassumes that at a worst you can earn minimum wage on a full time basis. The court can estimate your potential income above minimum wage by what you are qualified or educated to do for a living and evidence of your income over the past fiveyears. These Florida divorce laws were made regarding parents that are proven tobe voluntarily unemployed or underemployed and trying to avoid paying a fair share of child support.Divorce in Florida will now take into account the difference in your income taxdeduction after the child support is paid and received. The bill also amends thechild support calculations to account for personal and dependency exemptions, earned income credit, child and dependent care credits and other allowable tax credits. All of these changes will make divorce in Florida more fair.House Bill 907 also changes the calculations for parents with a combined monthlyincome of $10,000 or more. If you have that kind of income you should probablyhire an attorney to help you with your divorce in Florida.The bill removes the 75% adjustment to child care expenses and makes it 100% deductible on the child support guidelines worksheet.