Calculating Child Support?


How is child support calculated in Miami Florida when a parent is not working? Is there a certain amount that is standard?


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November 29, 20180 found this helpful

Each case is different. It also depends on the persons assets, such as savings, and other financial obligations

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November 29, 20180 found this helpful

This lawyer has a whole article about FLA law:

There are some FLA residents on this site who hopefully will weigh in with knowdge of the state rules and regs.

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December 1, 20180 found this helpful

Florida support laws are set up to serve the best interest of the child and that requires many calculations that involve both parents.


  • I can tell you that not working is not an excuse the Florida court will accept for not paying child support and usually if support is not paid after a certain period of time the judge will most likely give you free room and board for an extended period of time.
  • Court ordered support in Florida will take into consideration the income of both parents as well as the amount of time children spend with each parent.
  • Not working at the present time is something the judge may consider but it will not stop the accumulation of support payments and Florida is very strong on collecting support money (if the other parent files for nonpayment) and the judge will not hesitate to put the offending party in jail. This may not make the support payment for the other parent but there are many government programs set up to help parents with children (but support payments do not cease to accumulate while the person is incarcerated). The judge hopes the prospect of returning to jail will encourage the person to get a job and start making support payments.
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  • I can tell you that I have seen cases where a non-participating parent has had to pay as much as 75% of their income for child support (for several children).
  • Another thing that many couples do not know is that child support may be figured from the day the divorce is started or taken to court so the other parent is going in "debt" all the time the divorce or child support proceedings continue.
  • You will have to give a full account of why you are not working.... when did you last work? Why did you leave that job? How are you supporting yourself? Provide detailed records of daily job seeking. Are you disabled?
  • Just to show you that figuring child support in Florida is not a simple "standard" figure, you can look at all the variables on this web site.
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  • If you are in the process of getting divorced and you have children, you should seek legal advice as you are certainly going to need it.
  • You can go to family services in Miami and see if they will provide you with free counsel (just Google family services with your zip code).
  • The web site that Pghgirl provided has excellent information so please read it.
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December 2, 20180 found this helpful

I would like to add or correct something that was stated in my previous answer.

Should a judge decide to send someone to jail for non-payment of child support they will usually decide if support payments will be stopped temporarily while the person is incarcerated or if it will continue to accumulate.


Also, bear in mind, that I just live in Florida and have nothing to do with the court system (at the present time) so what I state is not a legal statement as different counties also have their own rules about child support (but usually always coincide with the state rules.
You cannot - and should not - take what I have stated as a legal view and that is why you definitely need an attorney to help you through this period in your life.
When it comes to matters that pertain to laws you should never accept the advice of someone on a community site that may or may not know what they are talking about.

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