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Child Support Modification

Child support is a serious obligation that is designed to ensure that a parent has the financial means to properly care for a child. Under certain circumstances, the payment amount of child support you have been ordered to pay or receive can be increased or decreased.  If the child’s financial needs change, or one parent loses the ability to earn an income, a modification may be necessary.

If you are paying or receiving child support and a change in your financial situation has left you in need of a child support modification, it is important that you contact an experienced South Walton family law attorney who can help you get your child support payments modified to amount that better fits your financial situation.

DeFuniak Springs Child Support Modification Lawyer

Contact the Adkinson Law Firm, LLC for a consultation on how to modify your child support in the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Crestview, Cinco Bayou, Chipley, Caryville, DeFuniak Springs, Noma, Gulf Breeze, and the surrounding areas. The attorneys of the Adkinson Law Firm are well versed in all matters involving child support and will work hard to ensure that your child support is fairly modified.

Call Clay Adkinson today at for a consultation on your child support modification case. Your consultation is free, and will provide you with insight on how to get the process of modifying your child support started.

Calculating Child Support in Florida

In order to determine the amount of child support a parent must pay or receive, the courts must first determine the income of both parents. According to Fla. Stat. § 61.30(2), the following factors are used to determine income:

  • Salary or wages
  • Bonuses, commissions, allowances, overtime, tips, and other similar payments
  • Business income from sources such as self-employment, partnership, and independent contracts
  • Disability benefits
  • All workers’ compensation benefits and settlements
  • Reemployment assistance or unemployment compensation
  • Pension, retirement, or annuity payments
  • Social security benefits
  • Spousal support received from a previous marriage or court ordered in the marriage before the court
  • Interest and dividends
  • Rental income, which is gross receipts minus ordinary and necessary expenses required to produce the income
  • Income from royalties, trusts, or estates
  • Reimbursed expenses or in kind payments to the extent that they reduce living expenses
  • Gains derived from dealings in property unless the gain is nonrecurring

The court also takes into account factors that may subtract from the income of the spouse. These factors include taxes, union dues, non-voluntary retirement payments, FICA payments, alimony payments.

In Florida, the net income is used to determine the amount of child support once spouse will pay to another. When the factors mentioned above are taken into account and subtracted from the parent’s overall income, the net income can be determined.

Pursuing Child Support Modification in Destin

If you are in need of having your child support modified,  consult with an attorney and have him or her reach out to the child’s other parent in order to see if an agreement can be made on a modification.  If there is an agreement made, paperwork can be filed that will require a judge to review your case and either approves or disapprove the modification.

If you are unable to reach an agreement with the other parent, your attorney will need to request a court hearing in which you will be able to justify why you are in need of a modification. Whether you’re a parent seeking an increase in the amount of child support you receive, or a parent seeking to have the amount of child support you pay decreased, you must be able to prove that your circumstances have changed in a way that has significantly impacted your financial situation. Depending on the nature of the changed circumstances, the court may make either a temporary or a permanent modification.

Adkinson Law Firm, LLC | South Walton Child Support Modification Attorney

If you are in need of having your child support modified in the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Vernon, Wausau, Destin, Niceville, Paxton, Westville, and the surrounding areas, contact the Adkinson Law Firm today. Clay Adkinson is a DeFuniak Springs family law attorney who is knowledgeable in all aspects of child support modification.

Our firm will fight to make sure you receive a modification that fits your financial circumstance. Contact the Adkinson Law Firm today for a free consultation at or send an online message about your child support modification case.