How does someone respond to a modification of child support?
When the parties enter into an agreement, or when a party is required by court order to make any payments for support, maintenance, or alimony, and the circumstances or the financial ability of either party changes, either party may apply for an order decreasing or increasing the amount of support, maintenance, or alimony.
The child support guideline amounts under Florida law presumptively establishes the amount the Judge shall order as child support in an initial proceeding for such support or in a proceeding for modification of an existing order for such support.
The parent will be ordered to pay a child support amount, determined on a case-by-case basis, to establish the principle of payment and lay the basis for increased orders should the parent's income increase in the future. For combined monthly available income greater than the amount set forth below, the obligation shall be the minimum amount of support provided by the guidelines plus the following percentages multiplied by the amount of income over $10,000
Child or children
Each parent's percentage share of the child support need shall be determined by dividing each parent's net income by the combined net income.
Each parent's actual dollar share of the child support need shall be determined by multiplying the minimum child support need by each parent's percentage share.
The court may adjust the minimum child support award, or either or both parents' share of the minimum child support award, based upon any consideration in order to achieve an equitable result.
Every petition for child support or for modification of child support shall be accompanied by an affidavit which shows the party's income, allowable deductions, and net income computed in accordance with this section. The affidavit shall be served at the same time that the petition is served.