MODIFICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT

When can I modify child support?  We hear this a lot from both the payors and the recipients.  We will deal with this one by one:

  1. If you are paying child support and want to modify, you need to show a substantial change of circumstances, as set forth in our March 22nd blog regarding modification of alimony.
  2. If you are the parent receiving child support and want to modify, you will also need to show a substantial change of circumstances, as set forth in our March 22nd blog regarding modification of alimony.

The court always looks to the best interest of the children and to the needs of the children.

If one or more the children have reached the age of emancipation, child support always reduces.  It is not cut in half or thirds, as some people think, but must be assessed per the Florida Child Support Guidelines.  More recent court orders already have set forth a sliding scale within their judgments.  However, the numbers set forth in those judgments may be incorrect, depending on the current income of the parties.  Older judgments do not have a sliding scale, so we must start from scratch.

Child support can be complicated, so it is always best to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law.

Please visit our website for more detailed information at: www.dbtracht.com.  Watch for our future blogs, as we will be posting once a week on different issues! Call us any time for more information over the phone!  We are here to help guide you and to represent you with your legal needs.

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