Child support is an essential component in making sure the child’s needs are taken care of by both parents if the parents are divorced or were never married to one another and are no longer in a relationship. However, life is fluid and a person’s circumstances may change over time. Sometimes this means a parent in Florida will seek to have an existing child support order modified.
Seeking a child support modification
Either the paying parent or the receiving parent can move the court or the agency that issued the order for a modification of that order. The parent seeking the modification must provide the Child Support Program with their financial circumstances and other circumstances that they believe warrant a modification of an existing order. The Program will reach out to the other parent for that parent’s financial information and circumstances. This information will be reviewed. If a substantial, permanent and involuntary change exists, a modification may be approved.
Do not fall behind on child support payments
It is important that the paying parent continues to make child support payments per the terms of their existing order until the change is approved. If a parent fails to make payments in full and on time, even if a modification is pending, that parent can face sanctions for falling into arrears on their child support payments.
Learn more about child support in the Sunshine State
This is only a brief overview of modifying an existing child support order in Florida and does not constitute legal advice. Readers who want to learn more about child support in the Sunshine State are encouraged to explore our website for further information on this topic.