The reality is that many children in Lakeland, Florida, are not being raised by their biological parents. In some cases, the child may still have a relationship with one of his or her parents, but that parent's new spouse, the child's stepparent, has truly stepped in to fill the role of that child's mother or father.
Most parents can attest that raising a child costs money. However, it is important that even if a child's parents are not in a relationship with one another, that the child's financial needs are met. Therefore, Florida courts will generally order one parent to pay child support. Florida has a statutory formula for calculating child support. However, courts are able to adjust the minimum award for support based on a number of factors.