Child support is the amount of money that a court orders a parent to pay every month to help pay for their child’s living expenses.
Florida uses a formula to calculate what amount one parent should pay to the other for child support based on the earnings of each parent, the amount for child care and medical expenses, and the amount of time each parent spends with the child (overnights).
The guideline calculation depends on:
- How much money the parents earn or can earn.
- How much other income each parent receives.
- How many children these parents have together.
- How much time each parent spends with their children.
- The tax filing status of each parent.
- Support of children from other relationships.
- Health insurance expenses.
- Mandatory union dues.
- Mandatory retirement contributions.
- The cost of sharing daycare and health-care costs.
- Other relevant factors.