Family lawyer, family attorney, family law firm, criminal lawyer, Sarasota County, Bradenton, Desoto, Pinellas, Manatee County, Florida.

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After a case has been closed, a Parenting Plan has been put into effect, and child support has established, financial circumstances of one or both of the parties can change; the change in circumstances can arise when the other party's income has increased or your income has decreased. When this occurs, one of the parties can request a modification of child support. Additionally, any modification of the parenting plan (i.e. increase or decrease one parent's overnight contact with the child(ren)) will cause a modification of the child support obligation. Many factors go into determine support, but timesharing and income are the largest.

The changes in income can cause the one party's child support obligation to go up, which can include:

  • The paying party's income has increased
  • The receiving party lost his/her job
  • The receiving party's income has decreased
  • Child care expenses have increased

The changes in income that can cause a child support obligation to go down include:

  • The paying party lost his/her job
  • The paying party's income decreased
  • The receiving party makes more money
  • Child care expenses has decreased or ceased (i.e. no more daycare)

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Establishing and modifying child support is often a complex matter with numerous factors being taken into account. Having an attorney on your side who understands how these factors affect the support obligation when requesting the Court to modify a current child support obligation can make a difference in the amount of child support the court awards.


Our office is experienced in handling child support modification matters and understands the steps that need to be taken to ensure that the child support obligation is proper.

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