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Modifying a child support order

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | Blog, Divorce |

Child support orders are not set in stone. In fact, the court could modify an order under certain circumstances to reflect changes in the parents’ financial situations or the child’s needs.

If either parent experiences a significant change in income, loses their job or incurs unexpected expenses, they may request a modification of the child support order. It is important for parents to understand how a modification works.

Filing a petition

The Florida Department of Revenue goes over steps parents can take to modify a child support order. First, either parent can file a petition with the court and provide evidence of the changed circumstances that warrant a modification. The court will review the petition and consider factors such as the parents’ income and any other relevant information before making a decision on whether to modify the child support order.

It is important for parents to keep accurate records of their income, expenses and any changes that may affect their ability to pay child support.

Communication with the other parent

Open communication between the parents also helps to address any issues or concerns regarding child support payments and work towards a mutually agreeable solution. If both parents agree to a modification of the child support order, they can submit a written agreement to the court for approval. However, if the parents cannot reach an agreement, the court will intervene and make a decision based on the best interests of the child.

Understanding the process of modifying child support orders can help parents navigate this process and ensure that their children continue to receive the financial support they depend on.


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