The cost of living in Florida is rising all the time sometimes making it difficult for single parents to pay for the everyday expenses for their children. In order to make sure that children are taken care of, the family law courts will order the non-custodial parent to pay child support. Child support is generally ordered in monthly payments and is meant to help cover the expenses associated with raising a child.
Child support is an obligation of every parent including celebrities. Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel and her husband, Jason Hoppy, have announced that they are divorcing after much speculation. The couple married in 2011 and has a two-year-old daughter together. In the divorce papers, Frankel asked the court for child support payments from her husband.
In addition to the request for child support, Frankel asked the court to award her full custody of the couple's daughter and to award her the couple's house.
While some may not think that a celebrity needs financial support, child support will likely still be ordered. Child support is not a payment from one parent to the other, but it is a payment on behalf of the child. It is the child who is entitled to the money, and therefore, no matter the parent's status the child will get support.
In Florida, the family law courts will use a child support formula to determine the amount of child support that each parent owes. The formula will take into account the amount of time that each parent spends with the child, the parents' incomes and other expenses relating to the child. Once the amount is determined, that amount is due to the custodial parent each month or the other parent could face penalties.
Source: Examiner, "Bethenny Frankel asks for child support in divorce papers (Video)," Mandy Robinson, Jan. 7, 2013