Question: Does overtime pay count as income for calculating child support in Florida?
Overtime can be – and usually is – included as income when determining someone’s income in order to make a child support calculation.
When including overtime pay in a child support calculation, you need to pay special attention to the amount of overtime pay that is added to your base pay.
For example, in the most basic situation, if you consistently work 20 hours of overtime per month, then 20 hours of overtime pay should be added to your normal monthly pay.
If however, the 20 hours of overtime only exists around the holidays – say November and December, then that 40 hours of overtime pay needs to be spread out over the year. This way in January through October, your child support will be a little higher than it should be based on your actual pay, but you make up the difference in November and December when your child support is lower than it should be if based on your actual earnings in those months.