If the amount of child support awarded by a Court deviates from the child support guidelines by more than 5%, the Court must make findings of fact explaining why. "If a trial court awards child support which deviates more than five percent from the guidelines, it must make a written finding explaining why the guidelines amount would be inappropriate or unjust. § 61.3O(1)(a)." Whittingham v. Whittingham Warning: This information is not intended to constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon in lieu of consultation with appropriate legal advisors. This information is not intended to cover all of the issues related to the topic discussed, and may not be applicable in every jurisdiction in which a case is be filed. The specific facts of a case may lead to an outcome that is different than would be anticipated based upon the information provided herein. The reader should not act, or fail to act, on any legal matter based upon this information without seeking competent, professional counsel. Transmission of this information does not create a lawyer-client relationship between the reader and its author.