There are many things that can take place and change in life. These changes can require modifying established child support plans or orders. Individual's lives change, new jobs can affect income levels as well as geographic locations and the needs of a child can change dramatically over time. It is difficult to accurately predict what the future needs will be at the time the initial agreements are set in place.
Child support agreements are formalized by a court decree. These cannot simply be changed by individual whim or decision but must be newly agreed upon and approved again by the family courts. Hopefully both parties will be in mutual accord that the changes need to be made, but this is not normally the case.
To create an agreement that can be enforced requires the strength of the courts and the law. The first step is to discuss the situation with a Fort Myers family law lawyer. At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law, this is one of the more common activities we are called upon to assist clients with in our family law practice.
One thing we can always count on is that things in our lives will change. A couple divorcing with a two-year old child can be counted on to have very different needs ten years in the future. The child who is now 12 years old has different:
The parents will commonly have different income pictures and may have even remarried. To accommodate the natural fluctuations in anyone's life the Courts have established procedures to modify support accordingly.
The first step will be to petition the courts for a modification of support. This requires demonstrating that there has been a substantial change in circumstances. Normally this is largely based upon a change in the income levels of one or both parties. Particularly any significant changes in the payer's income are important in supporting a petition for modifying the child support.
The State of Florida follows strict guidelines in determining the level of support to be paid. There are exact formulas from which the support levels can be decided. To support a modification, it is important that these initial computations be made and the likelihood of obtaining a court approval can so be somewhat predicted.
These are areas a family law attorney will be familiar with and can assist you in. If you feel that life circumstances, demands and income levels have changed and a child support modification is in order, the first step would be to contact a Fort Myers divorce attorney for a consultation.