How is Child Support Determined in Florida?

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How is child support determined in Florida? Florida child support is based on Florida Statutes 61.29 and 61.30 , which provides the breakdown for calculating child support. The calculation is designed to put the child in the same position s/he would be if mom and dad lived in the same home. The idea is that mom’s income plus dad’s income equals the child’s net household income, so the calculation determines what percentage of the household each parent is contributing. Also, it gives consideration for the parent paying for daycare and the parent paying for the child’s health insurance.
Child support used to end on the child’s 18th birthday or upon his/her graduation from high school if the child would be 19 at expected date of graduation. It was recently changed and the law now requires that a real date be placed in the child support order so that it self terminates at that time.
Child support previously only provided compensation for time spent with each parent, if the non-primary parent spent over 146 overnights with the child(ren). The law recently changed to give compensation and credit to the non-primary timesharing parent, if that parent 73 overnights with the child, then that is considered “Substantial Time Sharing” and child support is calculated based on the amount of time the child(ren) spends with each parent.
These changes should help reduce the amount of fighting between parents and one parent feeling like s/he is paying too much in child support or requiring that parent to return to court for child support payments to stop once the child(ren) no longer qualifies for child support.