In Florida, the amount of child support a noncustodial parent pays is based on each parent's income, as well as the child's needs. However, as time marches on, a person's situation changes. For example, either the custodial parent or the noncustodial parent may lose his or her job -- or, conversely, get a raise and a promotion. Or perhaps the noncustodial parent has suffered an injury or illness and is unable to work. Or, it simply could be that as the child grows up his or her financial needs change. What it took financially to raise a toddler may not be the same as what it takes financially to raise a teenager.
In any of these situations, a parent can request a review of their child support order. An order may be reviewed if, within the past three years, it has not been changed or reviewed. An order may also be reviewed if there was a significant change in the life of the parent or child. However, in order to qualify for a review, the order must not end within six months after the request is made.
There are other reasons a child support order may be modified as well. It may be modified to add or take away another child from the order. It may be modified to extend the amount of time that child support payments must be made. It may also be modified to add or take away a medical support provision from the child support order.
In the end, any child support award should be fair to each parent, while still meeting the needs of the child. Children in Florida deserve the financial support of both their parents, so they can grow in a healthy and nurturing environment.
Source: Florida Department of Revenue, "How to Change a Support Order," Accessed May 8, 2017