If you are divorcing or are separated from your child’s other parent, there may be a time when child support payments are required. If a judge orders child support, it will be for a certain amount and time.
However, during the duration of child support payments, there may be changes that would validate a change in the support amount. In Florida, there are specific rules and processes you must follow to have a support modification considered.
Determining if you qualify for a child support review
Before submitting a formal request, you must determine if you will even qualify to have your child support reviewed.
Some of the factors to consider include:
- The current support won’t end within six months of receiving the request
- You haven’t had a review or change for the past three years
- You have proof of a large change in your life
If you answered “yes” to each of these, your case might be qualified for a review.
Requesting a child support review
The first step is to request a child support review. This can be done through the Child Support Program or by filing a petition in circuit court.
What happens after the request is made?
Once a parent makes this request, they will submit information and documentation showing how their situation has changed. The party the request was made to will contact the other parent and request information from them.
All information will be reviewed to determine if there are legal grounds to change the child support amount. Both parents will receive the results by mail.
Exercising your rights with a child custody modification
When it comes to child custody, there are times when you may need to have the orders modified. The information here helps you understand when this may be possible and what steps you must take to make it happen.