Modifying Dade County Child Support Orders
A Florida child support order may be modified based on a showing of a substantial change in circumstances, when the best interests of the minor child requires modification, or upon the child reaching the age of majority or is otherwise emancipated through marriage or joining the armed services. A substantial change of circumstances may be based upon a change in the financial ability of either parent which was not anticipated when the original order or agreement was entered, an involuntary decrease in income, extraordinary medical expenses, independent income of the child, the age of a child, the extent of overnights the payor exercises with the minor children, IRS tax credits and exemptions, the special needs of a disabled child and any other factor that requires consideration for an equitable result. The Florida child support guidelines provide that before the Florida family court may find a substantial change in circumstances, the difference between the existing monthly obligation and the amount provided for under the guidelines must be at least 15 percent or $50, whichever amount is greater.
How do I Stop Child Support Payments?
Effective October 1, 2010, all Florida child support orders must provide that the order terminates upon the child's 18th birthday. Child support may, however, be extended if the child is attending high school on a good faith basis, is in his or her senior year, and anticipates graduating prior to the age of 19. If multiple minor children are the subject of a child support order, the order must set forth the modified amount of child support for the remaining minor children after each child reaches age 18.
Contact our Miami Child Support Lawyers
Our Miami-Dade County child support attorneys are experienced in representing mothers and fathers in analyzing child support orders and determining if a post-judgment modification is appropriate in the given situation. Contact our Miami child support attorneys at 305-329-2560, or e-mail us to schedule an appointment to discuss your Dade County, Broward County, or Monroe County child support issue.
Our Miami paternity lawyers accept family law cases in Miami-Dade County, Broward County and Monroe County. Our Miami, Florida paternity law office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and weekends and evenings by appointment.
Consultations are available in person at our downtown Miami law office and at several meeting locations throughout Dade and Broward Counties including Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Galiano Street in Coral Gables, West Country Club Drive in Aventura, Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood and in the Homestead area. Appointments are also available by telephone and via Skype internet video chat.