Child Support in Florida is calculated pursuant to guidelines set forth in § 61.30, Florida Statutes. The guidelines schedule calculates the combined net income of both parents estimated to have been allocated to each child, where the parents and children living in an intact household. Each parent’s basic child support obligation is calculated by adding both parents’ respective monthly net incomes and looking to the appropriate figure in the guideline tables set forth in the statute. The total obligation is then divided between the parents based on the percentage share of each parent’s total monthly net income. A parent’s share may then be adjusted on the basis of certain costs, including child health insurance costs and out-of-pocket child care or daycare costs. The Family Law Court may deviate from the statutory guidelines by 5% up or down, without making specific findings. In unusual cases, the Court may deviate more than 5% if special findings are made to support a deviation (for example, where a child has special needs such as expensive medication). Generally, child support is paid to the parent with whom the child spends the majority of overnights. The actual child support amount you pay or receive will be determined by a family law court. The calculation of child support can be a complex undertaking and many factors and considerations must be taken into account depending on the particular facts of your case.
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