2022 Increase in Florida Minimum Wage May Change Child Support

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The hourly minimum wage in Florida changed on September 30th, 2022 from $10.00 to $11.00 per hour which may impact child support calculations. While it may not sound like a lot, it is a 10% increase in 2022 and if it has been several years since child support was established in your case, the overall change may be even higher. If you have a family law case where the minimum wage is a factor you may want to consider re-calculating child support to see if there are any meaningful changes in the calculation of child support.

Also keep in mind that in some cases, where one party does not work or is under employed, it is common to impute a income to them. The imputed income could be minimum wage.

Recent Constitutional Change

In 2020, voters in Florida approved a constitutional amendment to increase the minimum wage $1 per year until it reaches $15.00. The next increase will be September 30th, 2023.

Florida’s minimum wage is higher than the Federal minimum wage which has been at $7.25 per hour for quite some time.

Modification of child Support

If child support has changed considerably you may have an opportunity to request a modification of child support. Keep in mind that both parent’s incomes are considered in child support, not just one. If you are not sure, discuss it with your family law attorney.