Father’s Rights Limited Related to Child Support
Fatemeh and Thomas entered into a marital settlement agreement in 2006, which required Thomas to pay $1200 per month in child support for three years and then $750 an month into a college educational account for the children.
Shortly before the three years was up, Fatemeh filed a petition to modify child support claiming the provision converting the $1200 monthly child support payment to a $750 payment into a college educational account was void as against public policy.
The court said the provision would have violated public policy if it relieved Thomas entirely or permanently from his duty to support his minor child. A parent may not waive or otherwise contract away their child’s right to support. But that does not prevent parents from making contracts or agreements concerning their child’s support so long as the best interests of the children are served. Since the payment was directed into an account for the benefit of the child, there was no public policy violation in the provision of the settlement agreement requiring the child support payment of $750 to be deposited into a college educational account.
Laussermair v. Laussermair, No. 4D09-4823, 36 Fla. L. Weekly D448
(Florida District Court of Appeal, Fourth District, March 2, 2011)