Child Support Modification in Florida

Child support modification in FloridaThe basis for a child support modification in Florida starts with there being a substantial change of circumstances since the entry of the Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage (or from the entry of the last order addressing child support).

Obtaining a child support modification in Florida  is not as easy as some people may think. The change of circumstances giving rise to a potential child support modification must be involuntary in nature. What this means, is that a person who voluntarily quits their job is probably unlikely to obtain child support modification in Florida.

Child support modification in Florida to decrease

Here is a list of some of the factors that may serve as the basis for a child support modification in Florida to lower child support…

Paying party’s loss of a job
Paying party’s loss of income
Receiving party making more money
Children’s expenses decreasing (i.e. no more daycare)

Child support modification in Florida to increase

Here is a list of some of the factors that may serve as the basis for a child support modification in Florida to increase child support…

Receiving party’s loss of a job
Receiving party’s loss of income
Paying party making more money
Children’s expenses increasing

If the Court does find that there has been a substantial change in circumstances, then the child support guidelines will come into play in determining the new child support amount.

Child support modification in Florida – guideline amount

The child support guidelines may serve as the basis to support a substantial change of circumstance. Section 61.30 (1)(b) states as follows: “The guidelines may provide the basis for proving a substantial change in circumstances upon which a modification of an existing order may be granted. However, the difference between the existing monthly obligation and the amount provided for under the guidelines shall be at least 15 percent or $50, whichever amount is greater, before the court may find that the guidelines provide a substantial change in circumstances.”

The calculator on this site was built to help educate a person who may be seeking a modification of child support in Florida better understand how the calculation works.

 

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