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How Much Do I Have to Pay In Child Support?



During any consultation related to a Divorce (Dissolution of Marriage with Children), Paternity Cases, or Modification of Existing Child Support Orders, I get the question of..."how much will child support be?


To properly calculate child support in Florida, we must know the actual net income of both parents (income after taxes, FICA, deductions, alimony, etc). The starting point in any child support calculation is to to the determine the net income of each of the parents. We must also know healthcare cost for the children, daycare cost, and the amount of overnights stay. To obtain an actual and accurate number, a lot of information is needed. Some of the factors are unknown at the early stages of the case, and the answers come to light during the investigation and preparation of the case. Once you have all the necessary pieces of information, you can apply the guidelines as set forth in Florida statute 61.30.  Under the Florida guidelines, the amount of child support that is required will be based on the net income of the parents, and it will also be based upon the number of children involved in either the marriage or the relationship.


Another question that I get is..."if I remarried, will my spouse's income be taken into consideration for child support calculations?" The answer to this question is no. The only income considered for child support purposes is the parent's income


​​If you are interested and need assistance with a family law or paternity issue, contact Lindsay Ruiz Bash, P.A. Contact the firm's office to arrange a free initial consultation. Attorney Bash is also available to meet after hours by appointment only. We proudly serve the whole Tampa Bay area: Hillsborough County, Pasco County, New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Dade City, Carrollwood, Temple Terrace, Zephyrhills, Brandon, Lutz, South Tampa, Plant City, Riverview, New Port Richey, Land O' Lakes and all the surrounding areas.

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