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Gross Income

 To calculated net income, you must first determine the monthly gross income for each spouse.

When filling out the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet and calculating the amount of child support, one must first calculate each spouses’net income. However, in order to calculated net income, you must first determine the monthly gross income for each spouse.

What is gross income? Fla. Stat. § 61.30(2)(a) states that, gross income shall include, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Salary or wages.
  2. Bonuses, commissions, allowances, overtime, tips, and other similar payments.
  3.  Business income from sources such as self-employment, partnership, close corporations, and independent contracts. “Business income” means gross receipts minus ordinary and necessary expenses required to produce income.
  4. Disability benefits.
  5. All workers’ compensation benefits and settlements.
  6. Reemployment assistance or unemployment compensation.
  7.  Pension, retirement, or annuity payments.
  8. Social security benefits.
  9. Spousal support received from a previous marriage or court ordered in the marriage before the court.
  10. Interest and dividends.
  11. Rental income, which is gross receipts minus ordinary and necessary expenses required to produce the income.
  12. Income from royalties, trusts, or estates.
  13. Reimbursed expenses or in kind payments to the extent that they reduce living expenses.
  14. Gains derived from dealings in property, unless the gain is nonrecurring.

It is important to note that the above list is not all encompassing, and other sources of income not listed may be considered gross income by the court.

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