The State of Florida follows a formula, known as the Florida Child Support Guidelines, to determine how much child support to order. This formula considers the income of each parents, how many children, and costs associated with raising the child (e.g. medical costs, daycare, etc.) and calculates the total amount of support needed for the care of the children. Then, the formula takes into account what percentage each parent is responsible for contributing to that total factor and determines how much child support one parent should pay to the other to ensure the total support amount is being met for the children.
Child support is usually assigned to the parent who makes more money or who has the child for less time throughout the year—since they will have fewer child related expenses in their home.