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Here's a worksheet to calculate how much child support should be exchanged between the parties. In Florida we have child support guidelines, i.e. a statutory formula for determining child support. (Click here to read about the basics of Florida child support.) The Florida child support worksheet can be printed out using your web browser. (Click here to see the Florida Child Support Statute which defines such things as "Net Income".

Note that where each parent spends a "substantial" amount of time with the children or a parent spends a "significant"amount of time with the children there can be a deviation from the child support guidelines. (a Court can deviate from the guidelines amount by plus or minus 5% for any reason, and even more than that for legally sufficient reasons.) Where each parent spends a"substantial" amount of time, the child support worksheet from our Florida forms page should be used. (see below for additional explanation)

1. Father's net monthly income $__________________

2. Mother's net monthly income $_________________

3. Combined net monthly income $________________

4. There is (are) {number}____ minor child(ren) common to the parties.

Click Here to go to the Florida Child Support Guidelines. Scroll all the way down to the column of numbers and find your combined net monthly income. (Be patient, the guidelines take a minute to load) Hit the "Back" button of your browser when done.The chart will tell you the total child support amount for both parents, based upon the number of children you have.

5. Enter the total child support amount here.$___________

6. Divide the Father's net monthly income by the combined net monthly income to get Father's percentage of financial responsibility, and put answer here. $___________

7. Divide the Mother's net monthly income by the combined net monthly income to get Mother's percentage of financial responsibility, and put answer here. $___________

8. Multiply the total child support amount by the Father's percentage of financial responsibility to get Father's basic support obligation. Enter number here. $____________

9. Multiply the total child support amount by the Mother's percentage of financial responsibility to get Mother's basic support obligation. Enter number here. $____________

10. Multiply the Father's percentage of financial responsibility times the daycare expense to get the father's share of the daycare expense, and enter number here. $_____________

11. Multiply the Mother's percentage of financial responsibility times the daycare expense to get the mother's share of the daycare expense, and enter number here. $_______

12. Enter the among spent on health insurance for the child(ren). $_____________

13. Multiply the above health insurance amount times the Father's percentage of financial responsibility to get the Father's share of health insurance obligation. $___________

14. Multiply the above health insurance amount times the Mother's percentage of financial responsibility to get the Mother's share of health insurance obligation. $___________

15. Add amounts from lines 8, 11 and 14 to get the Father's support obligation and enter amount here. $____________

16. Add amounts from lines 9, 12 and 15 to get the Mother's support obligation and enter amount here. $____________

Note that the Florida child support statute indicates when there can be a deviation from the child support guidelines. (Such as when each parent spends a "substantial" amount of time with the children or one parent spends a "significant" amount of time with the children, or conversely when one parent does not spend much time with children. And there is also the question of whether the existence of "subsequent" children (i.e. children living with a parent who were born or adopted after the support obligation arose) is justification to deviate from the child support guidelines.