If I have my son for visitation in accordance with the Model Time Sharing Schedule Not more Then 45 Miles Apart in Palm Beach County, do I have to pay child support to my ex-wife?
I have my son every other weekend from Friday after school until I return him to school Monday morning. I also get one overnight with him every week. I feel like I have my son close to the same amount of time he lives with my ex-wife, so why do I have to pay her child support? Is there a way I can stop this?
It's not really the amount of "time" you have with a child that matters when calculating child support, it's the number of overnights you have with the child per year. You haven't mentioned what happens in the summer or on holidays, but you clearly have considerably less overnights than she does. And even still, child support is also based on the parties' incomes, the cost of day/after care and who pays it, the cost of healthcare for the child and who pays it, and a few other lesser factors. Even if you had equal overnights, you might still owe child support. There is an online calculator wher you can check the amount you owe at www.flcourts.org.
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