How to Change Child Support or Visitation
Most people will think of money first. But it does not need to be money. Substantial change may also consist of a change in the overnight parenting pattern exercised by either parent. Florida child support statutes allow a change anytime it would be at least 15% or $50.00 which every is greater. Child support can be lowered or increased if you can show a substantial permanent and unanticipated change in your circumstances.
How do you change child support? It starts with a Florida Supreme Court Form 12.905(a). Supplemental Petition to Modify Parental Responsibility, Visitation, or Parenting Plan/Time Sharing Schedule and Other Relief.
If you have a good working relationship with your ex-spouse, you should discuss this change with them to see if it you can jointly file the necessary paperwork. This is the least expensive method of changing child support. The Divorce & Mediation Center can assist you in preparing all the necessary paperwork including filing this matter in court on your behalf for a very reasonable cost. If there are issues that need to be resolved, you can hire one of our Family Mediators to assist you.
Complete Document Service for a Modification of Child Support $795.00. + Court & Filing Fees.
If you do not have a working relationship with your ex-spouse your only choice is fling a contested case in court. Before you do this, it is highly recommended that you try pre-suit mediation. We can send a letter explaining the advantages in using mediation in a Supplemental Petition to Modify Child Support to your ex-spouse. In some case’s this procedure is acceptable to both parties since it lowers the overall costs to both parties.
If the parties cannot agree to pre-suit mediation, your only alternative is to file a case in court. The Divorce & Mediation Center can assist the Petitioner in the preparation of the necessary documents to proceed with a court case. For complete information call 954 946 4774 and ask to speak with a Family Mediator. You can also click on the button below and a Family Mediator will contact you.
Court and Filing Fee's Uncontested $135.00
Court and Filing Fee's Contested $230.00