How to Figure Child Support Payments in the State of Florida

by Tom Streissguth

If you are involved in a Florida divorce and children are involved, you may need to figure the child support payments that either you or your spouse are obligated to pay. The state considers several different factors in making this calculation, including income levels, insurance payments, child care costs, and unreimbursed medical expenses. The calculation is done using a standard form supplied by the state of Florida.

Step 1

Get a copy of the Florida Child Support Guidelines Worksheet. The form is available online from the website.

Step 2

Enter the net monthly income for the parents on line 1. Throughout this worksheet, amounts must be entered for both the father and mother. On line 2, enter the basic monthly child support obligation total for both parents, found in Table 1 supplied with the worksheet.

Step 3

Enter the percentage amount that represents financial responsibility for the father and mother on line 3. This number is proportional to the percentage of family net income either parent is earning.

Step 4

Enter the share of financial responsibility on line 4. This is the share of line 2 -- the basic child support obligation -- each parent is responsible for, depending on his or her percentage share of income.

Step 5

Enter the total amount of monthly child care, health insurance premiums, and uncovered medical and dental costs in the four itemized boxes of section 5. On line 6, figure the share of these costs each parent will be obligated to pay according to the percentages entered on line 3.

Step 6

Enter the amount of the health insurance, child care, and uncovered medical and dental costs that the parents are making. These payments are broken down in three categories and then totaled on line 8. Line 9 is the minimum child support obligation for each parent that results.

Step 7

Enter the basic monthly obligation from line 2, and multiply it by 1.5 on line 10. On line 11, calculate each parent's share of that obligation depending on their share of household income. On line 12, enter the percentage of overnight stays with each parent.

Step 8

Calculate each parent's child support obligation on line 13 by multiplying line 11 by the other parent's share of overnights on line 12.

Step 9

Itemize child care costs and health insurance and expenses in section 14 and total in section 14d. On line 15, enter each parent's obligatory share of these costs using the proportional obligation calculation from line 3.

Step 10

Enter any adjustments or credits in section 16. These include monthly child support, health insurance premiums, and unreimbursed medical expenses actually paid. These amounts are totaled on line 17; you subtract line 17 from line 15 to get the balance of additional expenses due from each parent. If both parents are meeting their full share of expenses, the result will be $0.

Step 11

Enter the additional child support obligation for the father on line 18, for the mother on line 19. Figure the total child support by adding sections 13 and 18. Enter difference of these two amounts on line 20. This line represents the monthly child-support due from the parent with the higher obligation to the one with the lesser obligation.