In every case of divorce and paternity where a minor child is involved, the court will establish a child support order to maintain the standard of living for the child and cover their daily expenses. This amount is set by the support order and does not typically change unless there is a substantial change in circumstances for one of the parents, and depending on the circumstances of the case, the amount of child support paid may be reduced by the court. If you would like to learn more about why a child support order may be reduced, talk to the experienced Boca Raton family law attorneys at The Law Offices of David L. Hirschberg today.
Changes in Income
One of the most common reasons for a reduction in child support payments is because of a significant change in income for one or both parents. If the parent paying child support loses their job or is forced to take a substantial reduction in pay that is long-term or permanent, the court may agree to reduce support payments. In addition, if the parent receiving support receives a significant raise, inheritance, or other increase in income, the court may also reduce the amount of support required to cover the child’s expenses.
New Familial Responsibilities
Child support is partially determined by the number of children that the parent paying support is caring for. New familial responsibilities such as the birth of another child or adoption of a partner’s children can result in the reduction of child support paid for another child. This often involves complicated calculations involving the state’s child support guidelines, which is why a payee of support should always speak with a lawyer about the impacts of new familial responsibilities on existing support obligations.
Cost of Living Adjustments
Cost of living adjustments may also impact the amount of child support paid, but the adjustment must rise to the level of a significant change in circumstances. Examples of a cost of living adjustment impacting child support include the custodial parent moving from an expensive urban area to a suburban or rural area where the cost of living is much lower or switching the child from an expensive private school to a public school that does not require tuition costs.
Changes in the Timesharing Arrangement
One final reason for a reduction in child support payments is when there is a change in the timesharing schedule. If the parent paying support assumes a greater share of overnight timesharing with the child, their support payment may be reduced to reflect the more equal share in expenses. Schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable family law attorney to learn more.
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If you would like to learn more about the reasons why a court may reduce child support payments for a Florida support case, the experienced family law attorneys at The Law Offices of David L. Hirschberg in Boca Raton can help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a consultation of your case.