By definition, Florida child support is designed to meet the needs of the child. Those needs include but are not limited to:
- Health care
If the child’s needs change, or if a parent’s financial situation changes after divorce, the amount of Florida child support may need to be modified. In such cases, the existing child support order may be amended either by a mutual agreement between the two parties or by a court order.
When to Seek Florida Child Support Modifications
Florida child support modifications can take place any time after a temporary court order, marital settlement agreement, final child support order, or FL divorce judgment is entered. Florida child support laws allow parents to request a Florida child support modification at any time it is deemed warranted.
Increase versus Decrease
Child support orders may be modified to either increase or decrease child support obligations. While there are many reasons a couple may wish to modify their Florida child support order, two of the most common reasons for Florida child support modifications are:
- Changes in income -post-judgment modifications of Florida child support often occur when one parent’s income significantly increases or decreases enough to warrant an adjustment. Usually, any deviation of 15% or more is sufficient to warrant a modification.
- Changes in parenting plan—since the parenting schedule and plan directly affect the amount of child support, when the schedule substantially changes due to parent’s work schedule, children needs or otherwise, it may trigger a basis for modification of child support.
Florida Child Support Modification Process
- Filing for modification—the parent requesting the change must file a supplemental petition with the court. During this part of the process, it is essential to have professional representation. An experienced FL child support attorney will be able to help you throughout the entire modification process to ensure that your child’s needs are met.
- The Judge’s decision—a judge will decide the request for child support modification by determining whether there is significant justification for an increase or decrease in child support. If there has been a major financial change, the judge must also decide if those changes are expected to continue.
Experienced Legal Representation
Florida child support attorneys at CPLS, can help you petition the court for a modification of your Florida child support order. When you choose CPLS, you can rest assured that you are receiving the best legal representation for all of your Florida child support circumstances, including:
- An increase in the child support amount
- A decrease to your current payment obligation
- Termination of child support obligations due to a child’s emancipation
- And more
Call us today at 407-647-7887 or 877-647-7887 for your consultation.