Florida Child Support Information Guide

Florida Child Support Information Guide The family law attorneys of Nugent, Zborowski & Bruce handle child support issues for the residents of Palm Beach, Martin and Broward County, including the establishment and modification of child support. The basis for Child Support in Florida is Florida Statute 61.30.  Section 61.30 contains the “Child Support Guidelines”, which is essentially a formula for determining child support. A common misconception about child support is that support is based on how much a parent has “in the bank”.  In Florida, a parent’s assets generally have no impact on child support.  Instead, with few exceptions, child support is based on the net incomes of both parents. The Florida Child Support Guidelines essentially base child support on four factors: (1) the number of children; (2) the income of both parents; (3) the number of overnights each parent has with their children in a year; (4) and the amount of qualified expenses that each parent pays directly for their children. Once these factors are determined (see below), child support can be determined by using the Child Support Calculator on the website of the child support attorneys of Nugent  Zborowski & Bruce. Income: The income attributable to each party for purposes of calculating child support is a net income figure that is comprised of gross income less allowable deductions. A.  Gross Income “Gross Income” is comprised of: 1. Salary or wages. 2. Bonuses, commissions, allowances, overtime, tips, and other similar payments. 3. Business income from sources such as self-employment, partnership, close corporations, and independent contracts. “Business income” means gross receipts minus ordinary and necessary expenses required to produce...