Florida has adopted a formula by statute that will determine how much child support you have to pay. The factors that go into the formula are:
- Both parents’ incomes and any applicable deductions.
- Amounts spent on health insurance and child care.
- The amount of overnights the child spends with each parent.
Of course things are not always as simple as plugging in the numbers. In some cases, a party can be imputed at a higher income than they actually receive. In some cases, you must show a party makes more money than is noted on their tax returns because they own a business or because they are paid under the table. In other cases, the amount of overnights a child spends with a given parent is not reflective of the amount of parenting time the parent is actually exercising. Consulting with a lawyer can give you an idea of how rigid the child support guidelines will be applied in your case. Below is a link that will take you to the worksheet and allow you to get an idea of the amount of child support you may have to pay.