Question: In Florida, what determines how much child support I have to pay?
In Florida, child support is calculated according to the Florida Child Support Guidelines.
The guidelines use only a few factors to determine child support. The major factors are gross income, allowable deductions from income, day care cost, and the cost of the child’s medical insurance.
The most common allowable deductions are taxes, what you pay for your own health insurance, alimony you pay, and other child support that is court ordered and paid.
It is also important to note that rent, mortgage, car payments, car insurance, gas credit cars and other debts, food, and clothing are not considered when determining a child support obligation.