Question: Do I still have to pay child support if I have 50/50 time sharing or joint custody with my child?
The determination of a child support amount is made according to the Florida Child Support Guidelines. It is possible that the guidelines will show that some child support should be paid even when the parents have equal time with the child.
Typically, zero child support only happens when the parents make about the same monthly income. The guidelines will not show zero, but the judge is not going to require one parent to pay the other parent $15 or $20 per month.
Also, the child support guidelines require that day care expense and the child’s medical insurance factor into the calculation. If a parent pays these costs and earns more than the other parent, they might get a child support amount close to $0 when there is 50/50 time sharing.