Child Support Law was last modified: February 9th, 2014 by Howard Iken

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Florida Child Support Law

Florida Child Support laws are pretty clear: If there are minor children there is child support. That is a true statement in 99% of child custody cases. The courts and the child support statutes are very clear on this issue – the parents of children must pay child support.

Child support pays for the roof over the children’s heads, electricity, water, food, and other essentials. In many cases support also pays for health insurance. The parent that has the children the majority of the time receives support and the other parent pays support.

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** Results:   Non Custodial Parent = Non Majority Parent

For the most part, the amount of  support is governed by the incomes of both parents, and the amount the Florida child support guidelines show. Support is also dependent on the number of overnights the children spend with each parent.  Theoretically, if the parents have equal incomes and equal overnights with the children – child support would be zero. But that is not the case in most situations. Both divorce and paternity cases with children involve child support. If you have a custody or parenting case, child support is calculated the same.

Even though there are Florida child support guidelines, the calculation of support is not absolutely black and white. There are considerations for taxes, daycare, medical, and other issues that can significantly change the amount to pay or receive.

Our dedicated team of child support attorneys are available for free consultations.  Call 800-469-3486 to set up a free meeting.

This online child support calculator will not work for combined incomes under $650/month or over $10,000/month. See notes below for incomes exceeding the maximum amount.

The actual child support amount is dependant on other factors which are not addressed by this basic calculation. This service is intended to give a rough estimate of child support and does not substitute for individualized legal advice. The actual child support amount you pay or receive is determined by a family law court.




For combined monthly available income greater than $10,000, the obligation shall be the minimum amount of support shown on the above support calculator plus the following percentages multiplied by the amount of income over $10,000: One Child: 5%, Two Children: 7.5% , Three Children: 9.5%, Four Children: 11%, Five Children: 12%, Six Children: 12.5%

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