A child support order is important for both parents in a Florida divorce. The receiving parent might come to depend on it for the child’s expenses and the other party could be concerned about continuing to make those payments on time.
Florida Child Support Order Basics
In the course of making temporary or permanent orders associated with the end of a marriage, a judge might establish a child support order in Florida. This is based on numerous factors including formulas and both parents’ underlying responsibility for the child. However, this order of child support might not remain permanent and could be changed due to the modification of child support.
So long as the change would represent at least $50 or 15%, whichever is higher, child support is always modifiable under the child support laws in Florida. This also includes previous orders for child support through a paternity case, previous divorce or any support order that was created by the Florida Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement office.
Can Child Support Orders Ever Be Blocked from Being Changed?
Child support can never be established as unmodifiable. If a parent wishes to change a child support order and have met the basic requirements for a modification, that parent can initiate a petition for modification of child support. A parent has to illustrate that there has been a substantial change in circumstances. This could include an income alteration for either parent or a change in the overnight parenting pattern exercised by either party.
Common Reasons For Modifications
The most common reason for a child support modification in Florida is a change in income. If your individual situation has been significantly affected by a new job, the loss of a job or a reduction in your pay, the support of an experienced Florida family lawyer could assist you with modifying a child support order. There is no doubt that your child support has an important impact on all parties involved including the child.
Understanding your rights and responsibilities under Florida law is often the first step in identifying whether or not you meet the grounds for a child support modification order and filing the necessary paperwork to have this reviewed as soon as possible.