How do I lower my child support? 2016-02-08T22:37:57+00:00

The most common reasons to seek to lower your child support are:

  1. Involuntary Job Loss or Reduction in Income.
  2. Increase in Income of Other Parent.
  3. Increase in Income of Other Parent.
  4. Decrease in Child’s Expenses

Involuntary Job Loss or Reduction in Income – If you are a paying ex-spouse and you suffer unemployment, loss of benefits, decrease in interest or dividends etc. You may be able to have your payment modified. It is important to note that any change in income must be involuntary or uncontrollable. For example, if you simply quit your job, the courts will not find that to be an involuntary loss of income and your payment will not be modified.

Increase in Income of Other Parent – If the receiving ex-spouse begins to make more money, your child support payment may decrease.

Increase in Income of Other Parent – If your child spends more than 20% of his or her overnights with you, you are entitled to a child support credit for substantial parenting time. This credit increases the more overnights the child spends with you.

Decrease in Child’s Expenses – If child support is determined at a time when child’s expenses are high (medical, dental, care-taking) and the child no longer has those expenses, you may be able to have your payment modified. At the same time, if the child reaches the age of 18, you will no longer be required to pay child support.

Divorce between two parents will result in one spouse having a legal obligation to owe a duty of support to a child.  Child support can also be established between parties that have never been married after the establishment of paternity.  The amount of this payment is determined by several circumstances examined at the time of the divorce, such as the financial capacity of both spouses, the standard of living, the age of the children etc. However, these circumstances are always subject to change. If a court can determine a substantial change has occurred, the amount paid in child support may be modified.

If any of these examples apply to you, you may be able to have your child support modified by a court. If you think your child support should be modified for any other reason, do not hesitate to contact a competent and qualified attorney.  We are divorce and child support lawyers in Tallahassee, FL.  Call today to schedule a consultation.