The basics of Florida child support

On behalf of South Tampa Law Group posted in child support on Thursday, January 5, 2017.

When it comes to child support, there are many questions divorced parents can have. Concerns over how much will be required, what qualifies as income and how deductions will be determined are all common. Understanding Florida child support can make the entire process smoother and less stressful.

First, it is important to realize that the amount of child support owed will be determined by a court of law. The Florida Senate has stated that the monthly income of each parent needs to be reported in order to determine payment size. This includes any benefits in the form of Social Security, disability, workers’ compensation or unemployment, as well as any income from investments, estates, trusts, dividends or royalties. If the spouse has been married before and is currently receiving support from their ex-spouse, this amount also needs to be reported.

Deductions for various bills will also be considered. If a parent pays for health insurance and child care costs, those amounts can be deducted from the total amount of child support costs determined. Once all forms of income have been calculated, the combined income and number of children will be used to determine child support.

The Florida Legislature has declared that child support costs can range from $190 for one child whose parents have a combined income of $800 per month to $1,437 for that same child if his or her parents have a combined income of over $10,000 a month. The number of children will increase the payment size, as will additional monthly income beyond $10,000. There are several additional factors that can affect the final number.