The state of Florida is well aware that an individual’s circumstances can change for a variety of reasons, which may affect the ability to fulfill child support obligations. In order to be eligible for modification of child support, there has to be a 15% or $50 (whichever is greater) change to the amount of child support due. If you believe that you meet the eligibility requirements to request a modification of child support, the next step is to submit the Supplemental Petition to Modify Child Support. The supplemental petition gives you the opportunity to explain why you would like to have child support modified.
Under certain circumstances, the following may result in modification of child support:
- Substantial, permanent, and involuntary change in payor’s income
- The higher of 15% or $50 change in the existing monthly amount may serve as a substantial change
- Emancipation of child
- Child reaches the age of majority
- Substantial, permanent, and involuntary change in recipient’s income
- Voluntary reduction by recipient may result in imputed income
- Temporary modification may be available in certain circumstances
- Disestablishment of paternity
Inherent costs when raising children like daycare, health insurance and taxes cannot be avoided. The costs related to such expenses fluctuate often and updating your current child support agreement can ensure that these expenses can be covered.
There are a multitude of reasons to request a modification of child support. These reasons are usually unique to you and will be evaluated by the state of Florida courts system on a case by case basis.
If you believe you could be eligible for modification of child support, contact the lawyers at LaFrance Law for guidance while petitioning for a change of your child support obligations.