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Qualifications for review of child support modifications

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2022 | Family Law

Child support is often part of a divorce settlement between parents in Ocala, Florida. An administrative agency or court sets child support, and the agency or court that issued the charge can modify it. No matter the circumstance, until the law terminates or modifies the order, the order is enforceable.

Request a child support change

The Child Support Program helps parents see if the order can change. Either parent can file a petition with the circuit court to request a change.

Process of requesting modifications

The parent making the request gives the Child Support Program their financial information for review. The program asks the other parent for their financial information for comparison. The program checks both financial records for legal grounds to modify the child support agreement in any way. After the investigation, the program sends the results to both parents. If the results show no need for a modification, there is no further action.

The program shows a reason for modification

If the circumstances are right, the program starts the process of a child support modification. A child support order can be an administrative support order from the program, another state order or a court order. A program attorney handles the court order. The program will start the process and notify the parents of the modifications. Parents can have a formal hearing before any child support order modification. When another state issues child support, the other state has to investigate the case.

Either parent can request a change in child support, but the circumstances matter. A parent has to prove a change in circumstances when asking for a modification from a state program or a court. A substantial change has to do with the differences in the amount and how long since the last change. A permanent change means a long-term situation, such as losing a job. An involuntary change means neither parent is at fault, such as with an illness. Parents must prove that the circumstances qualify for a modification and put their facts up against the state laws.