Modification to Child Support in Florida
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In Florida, child support can be modified upon a showing of a substantial change in circumstances or financial ability of either party. A substantial change in circumstance may mean a substantial increase in the earnings of one parent, a substantial decrease in the earnings of the other or a time share schedule that exceeds 40% of overnights with the parent requesting modification.
To determine if a substantial change in circumstances has occurred courts will consider the financial ability of a parent to pay, the needs of the parties, the needs and best interest of the child, compliance with the latest child support guidelines, and finding that medical insurance is reasonably available.
Although modification to child support may be available, the court cannot cancel or reduce past due payments of child support. Any reduction or termination of child support would be retroactive only to the date the spouse filed the petition for modification or termination.
If a parent fails to pay child support the court can take away the non-paying parent’s driver’s license, professional license, boating license, or other Florida issued licenses.
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