Are child care expenses used in Florida child support?

F.S. 61.30(7) mandates that the costs of child care, such as daycare or babysitters, is factored into the equation when a court is calculating how much child support one parent needs to pay to the other. Child support determinations generally also take into account the income or earning potential of each parent, the fixed monthly expenses of each parent, and the number of children. Once the child care costs are added to the basic child support obligation, any extra money paid for child care by one parent is deducted from that party’s child support obligation. Any child care costs should “not exceed the level required to provide quality care from a licensed source”

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