One of the most common questions of divorcing parents in Florida is, “How much child support will I pay?” is followed closely by, “How much child support will I pay? In January 2011, the formula for calculating Florida child support amounts in substantial time-sharing situations changed.
The definition of “substantial time sharing” was changed dramatically, starting in January, 2011. This change is important because once the family meets the definition of substantial time sharing, the “gross up” child support calculation method kicks in.
Another change to the Florida calculation of child-support is that the cost of child care is no longer reduced by 25%. The parent paying child care costs now gets full credit when determining if any child support will actually be paid between parents.
Once you have calculated the total family income, the Child Support Guidelines found in the Florida divorce laws of Chapter 61, has a child support chart. Once you find that “Guidelines amount” on the chart, it is a matter of working through the formula on the Florida Child Support Guidelines Worksheet.
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