Florida Child Support – How is it calculated?


Florida child support is not designed to hurt your bank account. In Florida, child support guidelines use the incomes of the parties with a few credits given: childcare costs (who is paying?) and health insurance (who is paying?).
First, the income of the parties and their percentage to the overall household is how guideline support is determined. For instance, if you W makes $50,000 per year and H makes $50,000 per year, then the combined income is $100,000 per year and each is contributing 50%. So, if the child support calculation is $1000.00, then the parent without the majority of time with the child will pay $500.00.
The cost of child care is factored in, and the person paying gets a 75% credit of the money paid. Therefore, if childcare is $100 per month paid by W, W will get a credit of $75.00. The same is true with insurance payments.
Child support is based on the monthly income of the parties since child support will be paid monthly. Payments can be made on the payroll cycle of the responsible party.
Child support is NOT designed to put money in the other party’s pocket. It is actually calculated to provide for a portion of the child’s expenses, including but not limited to: a roof, utilities, food, gas in a vehicle to get the child to/from school, clothing, school supplies, shampoo/conditioner and toothpaste. It is everything the child needs and would have if the child’s parents were still living in the same home. The child’s well-being should not be and is not dependent on a on one-income household simply because the child’s parents are no longer together.
If you have questions about child support, establishing or modifying what is owed, you should contact an attorney for a true calculation to be completed on your behalf.