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Changing Child Support Orders

Child support orders may be changed up or down over the minority of the children when there are substantial changes in the incomes of the parties or the needs of the children and the guidelines demonstrate that an increase or decrease is warranted. The child support order may be reviewed for a modification if it has been at least 3 years since the existing support amount was ordered or since the case was last reviewed for a modification. To petition the court for modification when the previous order was entered three or more years ago, the difference between the current support amount and the proposed amount, using current information and statutory guidelines, must be at least 10% or $25 per month (whichever amount is greater).

If it has been less than 3 years since the last review, a Florida support order may still be modified if there has been a significant change in circumstances. To petition the court for modification when the previous order was entered less than three years ago, the difference between the current support amount and the proposed amount, using current information and statutory guidelines, must be at least 15% or $50 per month (whichever amount is greater).

For interstate cases, modification will require coordination with another state's child support agency. If the order was not issued in Florida and CSE requests another state to review the order for possible modification, the modification will be based upon that state's laws and policies.

If the review shows that a modification is warranted, the case manager makes a referral to the Legal Department with a request to file the modification action.

Be sure to check with our office to verify service before appearing for the final hearing.

The requesting party MUST appear at trial in order to provide the evidence necessary to be successful.

The Hearing Officer may rule from the bench or take time to reach a decision. An Order is completed by Child Support Enforcement Legal staff based on the ruling and will be mailed to all parties once it is signed by the Hearing Officer and Circuit Judge.