The amount of child support 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 help make sure support amounts are fair. Every state has guidelines, but they may be different in each state.
These guidelines are used the first time child support is ordered and every time the child support amount changes. They are also used to review the order to see if the support amount should be changed.
Child support guidelines consider:
- The income of both parents
- The child's health care and child care costs
- The standard needs for the child. A list of support amounts based on the child's age and net income of the parents is in the Florida law – standard needs table.
You can get an estimate of child support amounts by using the Florida Child Support Calculator. The calculator will take the information you put in and give you an estimate of your child's support amount. This estimate is for informational purposes only. A court or agency may look at factors that are not included in your
In some cases the amount of child support calculated can be different. The best example is during a Florida No-Court Divorce. This divorce must be in mutual agreement and if there is a different amount both parties have agreed to, the judge will respect that amount and allow both parties to do what they want.