The state of Florida sets forth a complex set of guidelines that formulaically dictate how much support a noncustodial parent should pay for the benefit of their children. The guidelines consider the parents’ income, the number of children that the parents must provide for, and other important information that can be altered for the family’s unique financial situation. Guideline determinations for child support can be changed, though, when circumstances warrant it and when modification supports the best interests of the kids.
Once a family has its child support order or agreement set it may seem as though no problems will derail it. However, child support orders and agreements can be modified from time to time when doing so would serve the parties changing needs.
For example, a parent may seek to change a child support order if they can no longer afford to stay current on its payment schedule. The loss of a job or a demotion may reduce a parent’s income and therefore their capacity to pay child support. In these instances, a modification may be necessary to ensure their continued support of their kids.
A child may need a child support modification if they experience a change in their own needs. If a child is diagnosed with a learning barrier that will require them to attend a special school or to receive ongoing treatment or therapy, for example, then their noncustodial parent may need to provide more financial support to ensure that the child is able to get the help that they require.
When needs change, so too may child support obligations. Changing a child support order or agreement can require court approval. The attorneys of Winter, Spires & Associates are prepared to guide their clients through the modification process. Our team, armed with years of experience and thorough understanding of what is required to obtain a child support modification, diligently work to ensure that the best legal arguments are put forth to support our clients’ claims. Our record of success shows that Floridians trust us to handle their most delicate legal needs, and we are able to do so with skill. Those who want to learn more about what we have to offer in the way of legal services can continue to research our firm, our practice areas, and our legal approaches.