Modification of Child Support in Florida

People ask me all the time, “how do I modify my child support obligation?”

Unfortunately,many parents in Florida are not aware of the circumstances that may warrant a modification in the monthly child support amount they pay or receive. The court will generally modify a child support award if it finds that there has been “a substantial change in circumstances.” This substantial change has to be material, unforeseen, and continuing in nature; meaning that it has to change the child support amount by at least 15% or $50.00, it was not recognized during the earlier court proceedings, and it affects long term net income.

Significant changes in the amount of money you earn and/or the amount of time you spend with your children generally meet the substantial change in circumstances standard. If you earn more money and/or spend less time with your children, your child support payment may increase. On the flip side, if you earn less money and/or spend more time with your children, your child support payment may decrease.