You probably won't need a manual to use it, but if you do, this guide is for you… Child support in Florida is based on guidelines defined in Florida Law. Child support guidelines are standards used to figure out the support needed for a child and the amount a parent has to pay. Guidelines ensure support amounts are fair. Every state has guidelines, but they may be different in each state.
In Florida, child support is based on: • the income of both parents, • the costs of health care and child care for the child(ren), • the number of overnights the child(ren) spend with each parent, • the standard needs of the child(ren). Florida Standard needs table.
The court or agency establishing support must use these guidelines to decide the amount of child support that will go in a Florida support order. In special circumstances, support amounts can be higher or lower than the guideline amounts.
You can get an estimate of child support by using this calculator. The estimate is for informational purposes only. A court or agency may look at factors not included in your estimate.
The calculator will dynamically adjust the child support amount as values are entered. This allows you to easily try out different scenarios that hopefully lead to greater collaboration and cooperation, as well as better understanding of the child support guidelines.
In most cases, entering all the information required to estimate child support takes just a minute. You can then use the innovative time sharing slider to see how your child support changes with the overnights spent with the children.
The calculator uses the labels Dad and Mom for the parents; Dad is the non-custodial parent and Mom the custodial parent.
Income and health care For each parent, enter their net income, pay period, and child related monthly health care expenses. Monthly health care expenses include: child care expenses, health insurance costs, and other, non-covered medical expenses.
No need to adjust the child care allowance, the child support calculator will intelligently adjust for different allowances in child care in the guidelines selected (the 10/08 guidelines allow only 75% of actual childcare expenses under the standard method, and 100% under gross up method, while the 11/01 guidelines allow 100% under either method).
If the guidelines selected have a minimum combined income amount, the calculator will alert you if the income entered is below the minimum for the selected guidelines. The calculator automatically computes the obligation for all income ranges above the minimum in the specified guidelines.
Children and time sharing Tap on the number of children control to specify the number of children in the family.
Specify time sharing by using the amazing overnights slider. Use it to indicate the number of overnights the children spend with each parent on an average year.
Tapping on the parent label (Dad or Mom) allows you to change the number of overnights with that parent by 1 overnight.
For your overnights, include: weekends, weekdays, Holidays, Summer break, Spring break, etc.
As you move the magic slider, the child support obligation will be dynamically calculated with all the values entered, i.e. income, number of children, child related expenses.
Dad is presumed to be the non-custodial parent for the purposes of computing child support.
Specify the guidelines The calculator automatically defaults to the current guidelines, but it could also compute child support for prior guidelines.
If you need to evaluate child support for other guidelines, tap on them. The calculator will automatically change the time sharing threshold, the minimum family income allowed, the basic obligation table used, and instantly re-calculate the obligation.
Useful links The Statute link will take you to a web page where you can read the Florida statute.
The Form link will display the Child support guidelines worksheet.
Tapping on the children on the hand logo will bring you to this website.