If you are a divorced parent, you may have a child support agreement in place. While there are many factors that usually go into the calculation of child support, there are also circumstances that may warrant a change in the initial payment amount. Florida does allow for child support modification in certain circumstances. Depending on your unique situation, you may be able to request a review and modification of your child support order.
The Florida Department of Revenue lists several reasons that may allow you to change your child support agreement. The goal of a child support order is to meet the needs of the children and the parents. When there are changes in life circumstances that affect your finances, you may need to request a different payment amount. For example, if you are the child support recipient, you may need a larger payment if your child develops a long-term medical condition. If you are the one who pays child support, you may need to ask for a reduction in the payment if you lose your job.
You may request a modification of your child support agreement until six months before the order will end. While a change in life circumstances is a common reason to ask for a modification, you may also submit a request if there has not been a review or change of the order for at least three years. Another reason to request a review is if you need to add a new child to the order. The DOR states that it usually takes about six months to complete the review and modification process.
This information on child support modification is intended for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.