Handling Child Support Modifications for Clients in the Tampa Bay Area
The skilled attorneys at the Law Offices of Audrey A. Jefferis, P.A. — a premier family law firm serving New Port Richey, Florida, and surrounding areas — are pleased to assist with child support modifications. Whether you’re seeking a modification or responding to a petition filed by the other parent, we offer the help you need. This can be a confusing and stressful process, and our compassionate attorneys are here to guide you every step of the way.
When Can Child Support Be Modified?
Unlike with alimony, child support awards are always modifiable, and the general rule in Florida is that either parent can request a child support modification so long as the change would be at least $50 or 15 percent of the current amount, whichever is greater. There are various reasons why a parent might request a child support modification, some of the most common being a change in income, expenses, or time-sharing, or when a child reaches the age of maturity.
The primary factor used when calculating child support is income. So, if either parent’s income considerably increases or decreases, it could require an adjustment of the child support order. For example, the parent who pays child support might seek a reduced monthly amount if he or she is laid off, or if the other parent receives a significant raise at work.
Parents can also seek a child support modification if certain expenses — such as the cost of daycare or health insurance — considerably increase or decrease.
A significant change to the time-sharing plan could also warrant a child support adjustment. In general, the more overnight visits a parent has, the less he or she will need to pay in child support. This makes sense, since that parent is having to cover additional expenses whenever the child is with him or her. So, if a parent begins spending more time with the child, the court may reduce his or her child support obligation to account for the difference.
When a Child Reaches the Age of Majority
If child support is being paid for more than one child, a modification of child support is warranted when an older child emancipates or is no longer eligible for support.
If you’d like to know more about child support modification and the legal services we provide for clients in the Tampa Bay area, contact the Law Offices of Audrey A. Jefferis, P.A. We’ll be happy to arrange a consultation at a time that’s convenient for you — our main office is open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You’ll find us on Massachusetts Avenue in New Port Richey, FL. Or, if it’s more convenient for you, we can schedule a time at our satellite office in Palm Harbor, FL.