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This calculator was last updated February 2013 and is current to the best of our knowledge.
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- No content is considered legal advice. Always consult an attorney.
- All content is based on Support Studies's views and interpretations of Florida child support laws and the Florida Child Support Guideline as of February 2013.
- The greatest care has been taken for accuracy relative to the Florida Child Support Formula. However, your results as calculated by the state of Florida may be different than the results presented here.
The bottom line monthly child support payment is $934.97
1) A payment of $934.97 toward the 'minimum child support need.'
2) A reduction of $0.00 net for insurance premiums.
3) A reduction of $0.00 net for child care expenses.
Other adjustments, such as for miscellaneous expenditures, are not included here but explained later.
Where does that number come from?
Warning! Using the standard Florida formula: If you are the NCP, because you earn 71.43% of income, it may be against your best interests to calculate child support with a parenting time offset between 73 and 87 days. Between 73 and 87 days support payments are HIGHER than if support is calculated based on 0 days with your children. You should discuss this matter with an attorney.
Adjusting For Children Outside the Case
Florida law does allow for deviations due to children outside of the support case being calculated. However, there is no default formula to handle such adjustments and they are at the discretion of the court.
According to Florida statute 61.30, except when disregarding income from secondary employment deemed to support other children "the existence of such subsequent children should not as a general rule be considered by the court as a basis for disregarding the amount provided in the guidelines schedule.
Florida law also states that "The issue of subsequent children...may only be raised in a proceeding for an upward modification of an existing award and may not be applied to justify a decrease in an existing award."
The Change Due to His Days
If he had 0 days with the child, the base payment would be $865.71
Because the child spends 73 days with him each year, his monthly base payment increases to $934.97.
Daily, this is an increase in support payments averaging $11.38 each day he has the child.
This is not a mistake. Because he has 73 days, the math of Florida's default formula results in higher support payments.
Expenses and Florida's Basic Support Amount
Florida starts by calculating a basic monthly support cost of $1,212.00 before considerations for child care and medical..
If you had 365 days with the child, you would be credited with 100% of the base support amount, or $1,212.00 on childrearing over and above your personal cost of living.
Because he has 73 days with the child, he is now credited with $363.60 direct spending on childrearing.
However, Florida estimates that your costs increase as well. With 80.00% of the year, your costs are now estimated at $1,454.40. In other words, because you have 73 fewer days with the child, Florida credits you with spending $242.40 more on childrearing each month.
The total of adjusted base support costs of the two households is $1,818.00 as implied by Florida's calculation. That comes to 25.97% of combined net income of both parents credited by the State of Florida toward basic childrearing before adding child care and medical expenses.
Reaching a Net Base Payment
Most states, like Florida, claim to estimate each parent's childrearing expenditures. Each parent then pays the other parent their share of the cost. The difference is the net payment:
With 292 days, you are credited with $1,454.40 base support per month or $59.77 average each of 292 days. He contributes 71.43% of your estimated costs, or $1,038.86 per month.
With 73 days, he is estimated to spend $363.60 per month, or $59.77 daily on childrearing. You contribute 28.57% of his estimated costs, or $103.89 per month.
The net base payment is calculated as follows:
$1,038.86 - $103.89 = $934.97 from him to you.
Wait. I have a question.
If Florida thinks I would spend $1,212.00 monthly in childrearing for 365 days per year, why do my estimated childrearing costs go up by $242.4 per month to $1,454.40 for only 292 days?
Based on Florida's math...
Florida recognizes that as children spend time in both households the total cost increases. When the NCP has the child 20% or more of the year, Florida tries to take into acount their time but increases the total estimated budget by 50%. In your cases, the combined monthly base cost of childrearing is estimated up from $1,212.00 to $1,818.00.
However, even though the NCP time has gone up and the CP time has gone down, the increased cost is attributed to both households before considering shared time. So....
Instead of being credited with 100% of $1,212.00, you are credited with 80.00% of $1,818.00, or $1,454.40 monthly. He is now credited with 20.00% of $1,818.00, or $363.60.
So even though Florida attempts to consider his spending for more days, the math of Florida's formula also increases your base support amount in the case, even though you have fewer days.
How about food?
As a benchmark, the 2012 USDA estimated liberal food menu for 1 child is $9.93. In other words, each day the child is with him, you save approximately $9.93 and he spends $9.93 on food for the child.
And after food?
Using the USDA-estimated liberal diet as a benchmark, you save $9.93 in food alone each day the child is with him. Conversely, he spends $9.93 on food alone each day. Yet his payments are are increased by $11.38 for each of 73 days. After food expenditures alone, he has -$21.31 remaining of his Florida-calculated default change in support payments.
In this case, the reduction in support payments due to his 73 days is not enough to cover a USDA estimated liberal diet for 1 child aged 9 to 11.
So far we have only discussed the base support amount and base payment.
You share responsibility for Medical Insurance Premiums.
Because you pay $0.00 in insurance premiums for the children each month and he pays $0.00 there is no adjustment for insurance premiums. This brings the monthly support payment after base support, ordinary medical and insurance premiums to $934.97.
You share responsibility for Child Care expenditures.
Because you pay $0.00 in child care each month and he pays $0.00 there is no adjustment for child care. This brings the monthly support payment after base support, ordinary medical, insurance premiums and child care to $934.97.
Out of Pocket Medical
According to Florida law 'The court may order the payment of noncovered medical, dental, and prescription medication expenses of the minor child be made directly to the obligee on a percentage basis.'
In addition to the base payment, child care and insurance costs, he may be required to pay 71.43% of your uncovered medical expenses for the child.
The Bottom Line
The math of Florida's support formula implies that the two households will spend a total of $1,818.00 on child rearing each month, or 25.97% of combined net income before out of pocket medical expenditures.
The combined base support amount for general child rearing expenditures is calculated at $1,818.00. That is credited to each household as follows:
Annually: $17,452.80 of the base support amount to your household, of which he contributes 71.43%.
Annually: $4,363.20 of the base support amount to his household, of which you contribute 28.57%.
Annually: This results in a base payment of $11,219.66.
There is no adjustment for medical insurance in this case.
There is no adjustment for child care in this case.
According to the state of Florida total annual child rearing share of combined net income is $21,816.00 before considering out of pocket medical costs.
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