Recent changes in Florida family law allow for changes in child support if there has been a substantial change in circumstances. This means that either parent can file a petition with the court to modify the child support order if their income, expenses, or living situation has changed significantly since the order was issued.
Some examples of substantial changes in circumstances that may warrant a modification of child support include:
- A significant change in either parent’s income, either up or down
- A change in the child’s medical needs
- A change in the child’s educational needs
- A change in the child’s living situation, such as a move to a new city or state
- A change in the parents’ parenting plan, such as an increase or decrease in visitation time
In order to modify a child support order, the parent seeking the modification must file a petition with the court and provide evidence of the substantial change in circumstances. The court will then hold a hearing to consider the evidence and make a decision about whether to modify the order.
If the court finds that there has been a substantial change in circumstances, it will modify the child support order accordingly. The court may increase or decrease the amount of child support, or it may change the way that child support is paid.
It is important to note that child support orders can only be modified if there has been a substantial change in circumstances. If there has not been a substantial change in circumstances, the court will not be able to modify the order.
If you are considering filing a petition to modify a child support order, it is important to consult with an experienced family law attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options, and can represent you in court.
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