Modification of Child Support Orders in Florida
When Can I Modify a Child Support Order?According to the Florida Department of Revenue, A Florida court order for child support may be modified if it has been at least 3 years since the existing support amount was ordered or since the case was last reviewed for a modification. To petition the court for modification when the previous order was entered three or more years ago, the difference between the current support amount and the proposed amount, using current information and statutory guidelines, must be at least 10% or $25 per month (whichever amount is greater).
If it has been less than 3 years since the last review, a Florida support order may still be modified if there has been a significant change in circumstances. To petition the court for modification when the previous order was entered less than three years ago, the difference between the current support amount and the proposed amount, using current information and statutory guidelines, must be at least 15% or $50 per month (whichever amount is greater
What if the Child Support Order is from Another State? State Help.According to the Florida Department of Revenue, for interstate cases, modification will require coordination with another state's child support agency. If the order was not issued in Florida and CSE requests another state to review the order for possible modification, the modification will be based upon that state's laws and policies.
If you wish to apply for modification of an existing support order, you can call 1-800-622-KIDS (5437) or write/stop by your local child support office for an application or fill out the online modification request, print it and mail it to your local child support office.
What if the Child Support Order is from Another State? Private Attorney Assistance.A Private Attorney can perform the same function, and can assist the client in calculating new Child Support Guidelines. Support guidelines are used the first time child support is ordered and every time the child support amount changes. They are also used to review the order to see if the support amount should be changed.
Child support guidelines consider:
oThe income of both parents
oThe child's health care and child care costs
oThe standard needs for the child. A list of support amounts based on the child's age and net income of the parents is in the Florida law - standard needs table.