Florida Child Support
Child support in the State of Florida is calculated by using the income of both parents as well as calculating the time spent with the non-custodial parent less any deductions allowed by the courts. There are other considerations the courts can make, but generally speaking, child support is calculated on a percentage of income basis.
Child Support Guidelines and the Florida Statutes
Income shall be determined on a monthly basis for each parent as follows:
(a) Gross income shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
1. Salary or wages.
2. Bonuses, commissions, allowances, overtime, tips, and other similar payments.
3. Business income from sources such as self-employment, partnership, close corporations, and independent contracts. “Business income” means gross receipts minus ordinary and necessary expenses required to produce income.
4. Disability benefits.
5. All workers’ compensation benefits and settlements.
6. Reemployment assistance or unemployment compensation.
7. Pension, retirement, or annuity payments.
8. Social security benefits.
9. Spousal support received from a previous marriage or court ordered in the marriage before the court.
10. Interest and dividends.
11. Rental income, which is gross receipts minus ordinary and necessary expenses required to produce the income.
12. Income from royalties, trusts, or estates.
13. Reimbursed expenses or in kind payments to the extent that they reduce living expenses.
14. Gains derived from dealings in property, unless the gain is nonrecurring.
Source: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/ Online Sunshine
There are several different considerations the Judges can make such as imputing income to an underemployed parent when computing income percentage. Additionally, parents may not disclose all of their eligible income to the courts. It may take a skilled divorce lawyer to help uncover that information. Time sharing is also taken into consideration and the Florida statutes on child support covers how this will be credited to the payee who is exercising their time sharing.
Understanding Child Support Laws & Need for a Seasoned Child Support & Child Custody Lawyer
Although the calculation and guidelines of child support in Florida may seem to be straight forward every situation is unique. You may know about unreported income, or you or the child’s father or mother may be in the military and specific laws regarding custody and child support and relocation would apply to active duty military as shown below. (Source: http://www.flsenate.gov)
61.13002 Temporary time-sharing modification and child support modification due to military service.