Florida Child Support Calculator: How Much Should You Pay?
Have you recently been ordered to pay child support? You may be wondering how much of your paycheck will be disappearing each month. Payment amounts are loosely based on your income, but several factors can influence the final amount. If you are obligated to pay child support in Florida, DoNotPay can help you calculate your payment.
How Child Support Is Calculated in Florida
The child support payment schedule starts at $800 monthly net income and stops at $10,000, with the income levels increasing in $50 increments. The parent being asked to pay child support will be required to pay a percentage of the minimum child support need equal to the percentage they contribute to the combined monthly net income.
Minimum Child Support Need for One Child by Combined Monthly Net Income
Here is a sampling of the guidelines for child support payments for one child:
|Monthly income||Child Support Payment|
|$1,000 monthly income||$235 child support payment|
|$2,000 monthly income||$442 child support payment|
|$3,000 monthly income||$644 child support payment|
|$4,000 monthly income||$828 child support payment|
|$5,000 monthly income||$1000 child support payment|
|$6,000 monthly income||$1121 child support payment|
|$7,000 monthly income||$1212 child support payment|
|$8,000 monthly income||$1290 child support payment|
|$9,000 monthly income||$1368 child support payment|
|$10,000 monthly income||$1437 child support payment|
Income Outside the Range of the Guidelines
If a parent's monthly net income is less than $800, their payment amount will be their percent share of the child support need or 90% of the difference between their income and the individual federal poverty line, whichever is less. If the parents' combined monthly income is greater than $10,000, the child support needed is the amount given in the guidelines plus a percentage of the income over $10,000, with the percentage dependent on the number of children from 5% for one child up to 12.5% for six children.
Payments may have up to a 5% variance from the guideline. The court may order a payment that falls outside this range based on several factors, including
- Extraordinary medical or educational expenses
- Seasonal variations in income
- Total assets of the parents and child
- A time-sharing agreement between the parents or the absence of one parent from the child's activities
- The age of the child
- Special needs associated with the child
The amount of the payment can be reevaluated if there is a significant change in financial circumstances. The amount outlined in the guidelines must have a difference of 15% or $50 from the current payment for the court to modify an existing child support order.
How Income Is Calculated
Income and Deductions
Florida counts income from a wide range of sources, including
- Wages and bonuses
- Disability benefits
- Rental income
- Retirement and social security payments
- Workers' compensation
- Spousal support
Once the gross income is calculated, the state will deduct any superseding financial obligations, such as
- Federal and state income taxes
- Self-employment taxes
- Union dues
- Health insurance premiums for the policyholder
- Spousal or other child support
Determining Income for Voluntarily Unemployed Parents
The state can rule that a parent is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed. If this is the case, income is computed using three factors:
- Recent work history (within the last 5 years)
- Professional qualifications
- Estimated market rate of the parent's skillset
If the court cannot determine any work history or estimated salary for the parent, the United States Census estimate of the median income for a full-time worker will be used.
Consequences of Not Fulfilling Your Child Support Obligation
The state can notify your sources of income that you have a court order to pay child support. They can even take action outside of your paycheck. If you do not voluntarily pay child support, you may experience
- Garnished Wages
- Driver's and professional license suspensions
- Liens on property
- A decrease in your credit score for late payments
- Collection of payment from other payments, including tax refunds and government benefits
Learn More About Your Child Support Payments With DoNotPay
If you want to file a demand letter for late child support payments but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in three easy steps:
- Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.
- Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made and number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.
- Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.
If you are being asked to pay, you could instead request that your payments be lowered through a different three-step process:
- Search child support on DoNotPay and select the state your child support agreement was established in.
- Answer a series of questions about your current financial situation and your past payments to help guide the application.
- Confirm your current contact information, and enter the location of the county court that established your child support agreement, so we can mail your request on your behalf!
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