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The importance of filing a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet

Calculating the proper amount of child support requires more than simply ascertaining the appropriate net monthly incomes of the parties. A Child Support Guidelines Worksheet must be filed in the particular proceeding. There is no discretion with the court in this regard. Failure to file the worksheet is reversible error.

This mandate is found in Fla. Fam. L. R. P. 12.285(j). (‘If the case involves child support, the parties shall file with the court at or prior to a hearing to establish or modify child support a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet…This requirement cannot be waived by the parties”).

This requirement was further set forth in the case of Palewsky v. Dept. of Revenue, 61 So.3d 1227 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2011).

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