Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, help?

Filling out the child support guidelines worksheet for a modification of support. There has been a SUBSTANTIAL drop in income.

Divorced 2 years ago. The custodial parent has not worked, has not needed child care, has never paid child care.

While filling this out I see "monthly child care costs, should not exceed the level required to provide quality care from a licensed source."

What am I suppoed to place in that box for an amount?

This must be filied prior to the custodial parent finding daycare, if they ever do get a job and actually need it.

Is there a generic amount the judge enters? If so what is it? Does it go by zip code? Do I need to call daycares?

Florida courts.

Thanks for the help :)

Update:

Does the cost of future daycare expenses not apply on this form?

Would that mean we would have to go back to court AGAIN to change that?

Update 2:

thank you sheloves_dablues that's what i thought

my current child support has had me paying for child care for 2 years when there was none

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  • Gary B
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    You ALL 3 or 4 local Child Day Care centers, and ask them what they charge per week. Average the total. Put this in the box. LABEL IT "per week" or "per month" as necessary.

    The point is, your child STILL needs care, even if the custodial doesn't work. What this is saying is that the amount for "Child Care Costs" should not be MORE than what you would get charged to go to a Day Care Service.

    But your ex STILL has to provide living arrangements (house or apartment), transportation, medical checkups, food, and things like that. The judge usually figure that out, and he usually uses a prefigured 'look up Table", a sheet of figure provided by the state.

    The judge SHOULD also take both figure into consideration when figuring the final amount. What you pay should NOT be a TOTAL amount, but more like an "average".

    The payments are based on your current income, not your previous income. Your payments should go down, depending on how serious the decrease in earning was.

  • 9 years ago

    If no daycare services needed, you would place NA on the line, to show that there was no daycare expenses.

  • 9 years ago

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