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Understanding child support modifications

| Apr 8, 2021 | Child Support

Divorces are complicated. People in Florida understand that the two key issues in most divorces are child custody and financial settlements. Child support payments involve elements of both of these issues. They can be a big stumbling block for some couples. Often, one or both parties would like to see the amount modified.

When to ask for modifications

Child support payments typically represent a significant portion of a noncustodial parent’s income. Often, this person is interested in trying to have the amount he or she is required to pay reduced. On the other hand, custodial parents who struggle to get by would sometimes like to see an increase in the amount. However, judges typically have strict standards for when they will order changes to the amount of child support.

Usually, there are only two reasons the court will modify a child support order. These include a change to the noncustodial parent’s income or a change to the needs of the child. For example, if a child incurs new expenses related to a newly diagnosed medical problem, the court could order more support. Or if a noncustodial parent is laid off, he or she may be able to successfully have the amount of child support reduced.

How to request a modification

In Florida, child support orders are enforced by the Department of Revenue. Parents seeking modifications need to contact this agency for a review of their case. Typically, it can take several months for a child support order to be changed. If you’re seeking a child support modification in Florida, it’s a good idea to contact an attorney. An experienced lawyer may be able to help you get the results you’re looking for.