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Understanding Child Support Calculations in Florida: A Lawyer's Perspective

Posted by LEISA WINTZ | Jun 13, 2024 | 0 Comments

This is Leisa, your attorney from our family law firm in Florida, breaking down an essential topic: child support calculations in Florida.

If you're navigating the complexities of child support, whether you're doing it on your own or with professional assistance, it's crucial to understand how various factors affect calculations. Nazarena and I regularly handle child support cases in Florida, offering full legal representation and DIY Coaching. Today, I'll outline the major points we discussed in our recent podcast.

Key Takeaways from Child Support Calculations
1. **Understanding the Basics:**
   - Our child support calculator is tailored for Florida's laws. It demands specific details like the number of children, their initials, and their dates of birth. These factors are vital as child support values change when children age.
2. **Impact of Overnights:**
   - The number of overnights each parent has plays a significant role. For instance, in a 50/50 timeshare, each parent would typically have 182.5 overnights, which can result in a zero balance for child support if incomes are comparable. Variations in this schedule drastically impact the owed amount.
3. **Income Considerations:**
   - Income is a primary determinant. Let's say Jim makes $5,000/month and Nancy makes $6,000/month. Nancy would owe child support due to her higher income. The calculations adjust instantly as income levels are inputted.
4. **Additional Income Sources:**
   - All potential income streams, such as Social Security benefits and rental income, must be reported. These additional incomes are included in the calculator to give a comprehensive assessment of financial responsibility.
5. **Health Insurance and Alimony:**
   - The expenses for health insurance and any alimony received also influence child support. For example, if Jim pays $300 monthly for health insurance, with $100 attributed to the children, and Nancy pays $200 for her own policy, these figures will modify the child support amount. Similarly, alimony received will alter the incomes and, consequently, the support owed.

Important Points to Remember
- **Child's Age Matters:**
  - The age and birthday of each child can impact the support amount, as once a child ages out of minor status, the support requirements change.
  - **Accurate Overnights Count:**
  - Ensure the count of overnights is precise. Misstating this can result in incorrect support calculations.
  - **Update for Income Fluctuation:**
  - Always update the calculator for any changes in income to keep the child support amounts accurate and fair.
  - **Health and Additional Costs:**
  - Don't overlook additional expenses including health insurance and potential medical costs, as they are critical for precise support obligations.

Legal Advice: FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY - Seek professional legal advice for tailored guidance. We offer full representation and legal coaching to empower you with the right strategies and knowledge.

Navigating child support doesn't have to be stressful—understanding these critical aspects can simplify the process. For further assistance or personalized legal advice, feel free to reach out to us. Nazarena and I are here to support you every step of the way. 

For more detailed insights, be sure to listen to our full video on this topic. Stay informed and take control of your family law matters with confidence!
Leisa & Nazarena

About the Author


Leisa Wintz originally began her career as a marriage and family therapist. Ms. Wintz went on to attend law school and started practicing family law in 2009. However, she quickly realized that many family law practices lacked the empathy and compassion she believed were necessary in order to achi...


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