Question: I pay over $1,500 per month for child support for my two sons. For the past two years I have them for 14 days per month so I still have expenses based on the time spent with them. I take them to and form school, I have to have a home large enough for them to live in half of the month, I provide them with meals, etc.
It doesn't seem that the distribution of child support is fair based on my involvement in their lives and time spent with me. I would NOT change the time spent for anything, but I definitely need some financial relief.
I have been divorced for 7 years and her financial state has improved drastically. I do not know her exact income but I am guessing based on her job title that combined we make $160,000 per year with a 65%/45% ratio. Is it worthwhile for me to seek a reduction in support?
Answer: Although I do not practice in Florida, Cordell & Cordell has attorneys who are licensed and located in Florida who would be happy to discuss your case with you.
In most states, child support is always modifiable if a person can show a substantial and continuing change in circumstances. A change in the custody schedule along with an increase in earnings could be a substantial and continuing change in your jurisdiction.
If you are entitled to a reduction in child support, please remember that child support is an order of the Court and usually can only be modified by a Court. Until such time that the Court orders a modification of child support, you should continue to follow the original order.
Jason Bowman is an Associate Attorney in the Louisville, Kentucky office of Cordell & Cordell, P.C. Mr. Bowman is licensed in the states of Kentucky and Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Louisville, and received his Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan University. Mr. Bowman practiced Domestic Relations for four years with a Louisville firm, and practiced general law for one year. He is an adjunct professor with Indiana Wesleyan University where he teaches business law.