by Whitney R. Lonker, Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A.
I get a lot of calls in my Jacksonville, Florida divorce law practice asking if a new step-parent’s income can be used when calculating or modifying a child support obligation. The answer under Florida law is “no”. Only the gross incomes of the mother and father are used in calculating a child support obligation and this does not change if one spouse remarries. Even if one spouse remarries, is not employed and is living on the ocean due to the new spouse’s income level, the courts will only consider the gross incomes of the parents to the child. If you have a child support question or a modification of final judgment issue, please call our firm for sound, caring advice.