If I get joint custody/time-sharing, will I still have to pay child support in Florida?
Time-sharing is one of the factors involved in calculating child support under the State of Florida statutes. Yes, you may still have to pay child support, but on the other hand, there’s still the other portion of the calculation that goes into effect, that is, what is your income? When we calculate child support under Florida Statute, then that’s where those factors come in as to the number of overnights. If one parent makes substantially more money than the other parent, even in a 50/50 situation or even if one parent has more time-sharing and the other less, money can flow from one party to the other all for the benefit of the child under Florida Statutes.
When you talk to your attorney, you need to ask your attorney those questions as you’re working through your financial affidavit with the attorney, and they can calculate for you what child support would be expected to be under different situations.