Calculating Child Support…More Than Just Numbers in a Formula

When you have children, going through a Florida divorce or Florida paternity action requires the calculation of child support. If you are going through a divorce and wondering how much child support you will receive or will be repsonsible for, a Florida divorce lawyer will be able to assist. In Florida, child support is calculated by a statute, which only consideres certain numbers.
Florida Statute 61.30 governs child support and establishes the amount which shall be ordered for support in any initial proceedings and subsequent modifications. There is a specific formula used in determining the child support amount and there are several steps used in the formula to get to the final number. Knowing how the guideline calculations work and how they relate to the unique circumstances of each case is key. Calculating child support is not a matter of blindly entering numbers into the formula discussed. It is a complicated process and it is critical for one to understand the various income types and components relative to the case at hand to accurately calculate the amounts. If you are engaged in divorce or child support proceedings, I encourage you to contact an expert to guide you through this formulaic process to ensure that you are either receiving enough income or not paying more than you should be.