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Parents each pay a proportion of computed child support

Computing child support in Florida can seem like a difficult process. It can, in fact, require a significant amount of information and calculation. The first step in computing child support under the Florida guidelines is to add up the total amount of income that the child's parents earn.

Earnings may come from a number of different sources. Parents should be aware that their wages, benefits, royalties, and other sources of income will all be factored into the total amount of money that they bring home in a given year. After the parents' collective income is added up, the court will calculate each of the parents' individual income totals, so their proportion of child support can be determined.

For example, imagine that two parents earn a total of $200,000, of which the mother earns $150,000 and the father earns $50,000. If their child support monthly total should equal $2,000, the mother will pay 75 percent of the total, $1,500, and the father will pay 25 percent of the total, or $500.

Individual child support evaluations will take into account the particular needs of the children who will be supported by the payments, as well as other subjective factors that may be unique to the parents responsible for making the payments. Because of this, readers are asked to discuss their child support questions and concerns with their own family law attorneys. This includes situations where parents may experience changes in their income that may impact their abilities to pay support for their children.

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