Calculating Child Support in Florida
To calculate child support in Florida, each parent’s net income must be determined. The net income is the gross income with allowable deductions taken into account.
These allowable deductions include federal, state, and local income tax deductions, federal insurance contributions, union dues, mandatory retirement payments, health insurance payments, mandatory support for other children which is actually paid, and spousal support from a previous marriage not before the court.
Once the total monthly income of both parents is determined, a Florida court will look at the number of children to be supported, and then create a percentage of the total net income to be paid by each parent.
A chart detailing how much you will likely have to pay in child support can be found here: http://www.helpyourselfdivorce.com/child-support-guidelines.pdf
Simply scroll down to your combined net income, and look across to the number of children. That number will be the total amount due each month.
While Florida courts will apply this scheme in ordinary situations, they have discretion to consider other factors. For example, if the child needs special medical, psychological, or dental care. They will also consider any outside sources of income available to the child, such as support from extended family.
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Last Modified: 12-28-2012 04:36 PM PST
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