Posted by Nydia Streets of Streets Law in Florida Child Support

Florida child support guidelines are calculated by evaluating the net incomes of each parent and taking into account daycare and health insurance payments by each parent. Additionally, we look at the number of overnights each parent spends with the children each year to further balance the equation. As we see in a recent appellate case, evidence must support a court’s child support determination.

In Lennon v. Lennon, 2D17-3416 (Fla. 2d DCA 2018), the former husband appealed an amended final judgment which contained no findings as to how the court arrived at each parent’s income for purposes of calculating child support. The appellate court noted that it appeared the father was not given credit for certain deductions from his gross income and that the mother was granted higher deductions than the evidence showed she was entitled to.

Additionally, the appellate court noted and the former wife conceded that the former husband was not given credit for the full amount of overnights he would exercise with the children under the parenting plan. The case was remanded for the parties to file updated child support guidelines to support a proper child support calculation.

Calculating child support may not be straightforward or easy. This is why you should at least schedule a consultation with a Miami child support lawyer to be sure you are including in the calculation all credits due to you and that all allowable payments are being accounted for in the calculation. Contact a Miami family lawyer today to go over your case.