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Written by attorney Eddie E Stephens III | Jul 14, 2013

Riddle me this: Is there a glitch in the Florida Child Support Guidelines?

So I was talking to mediator-extraordinaire LANE MATTHEWS who asked me what I thought about the glitch in the child support guidelines.

“Glitch, what glitch?"

“Really"; Lane insisted, “I have heard there was a problem and I see It messes up the number when you have less than 30% visitation".

“Huh?"

“Want me to prove it to you?", she said with that Lane Matthews I know something you don’t Eddie grin on.

“OK, prove it"

Within seconds she had her laptop out inputting variables. All of the sudden, I heard her briefcase come to life and start printing different child support scenarios.

“Look right here", she said, grinning wider than ever!

And you know what? She was right.

She proved to me that a recipient who had the children 80% of overnights received more child support then the same person who had 100% overnights.

I ran the same numbers on different software and confirmed the result.

Have you run into this issue? Is it a glitch or are we overlooking something? I would appreciate your thoughts.

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