Dear XXXXX, thank you for your patience.
Additional research confirms that yes, your son should definitely make sure it is clear to the Court that there are 2 children he will be paying Child Support for, not just your grandchild, so that the Court will not be ignorant of that very important fact.
Whether or not a step-parent can be held responsible for a step-child as it pertains to child support depends on various facts and on the state. Fortunately, FL generally does not require this unless the step-parent adopts the child.
The fact that she abandoned the house will likely not have a bearing on child support. However, the following factors should be considered as per the Child support guidelines ase set out in Florida Statutes Annotated; Chapter 61.30.: (1) extraordinary medical, psychological, educational, or dental expenses; (2) independent income of the child; (3) the custodial parent receiving both child support and spousal support; (4) seasonal variations in a parent's income or expenses; (5) the age of the child, taking into consideration the greater needs of older children; (6) any special needs of the family; (7) the terms of any shared parental arrangement; (8) the total assets of the parents and the child; (9) the impact of any IRS Dependency Exemption; and (10) any other reason that should be considered in order to make the child support payments equitable.
Jose, please also note that health insurance for the child and life insurance covering the life of the parent ordered to pay support may be required by the court as well.
I wish you and your son, and granddaughter, all the best as you muddle through this difficult situation.
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