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CHILD SUPPORT AND MODIFICATIONS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

Covid-19 has severely impacted the ability of Florida parents to reach the courts and obtain the relief they need.  There are almost no in person hearings and everything is taking place on Zoom.  Hearings are difficult to schedule and can take weeks if not months to arrange. 

If you are in a child support fight, either attempting to collect unpaid support, seeking to establish child support or modify an existing order, you may be facing a serious problems in working with the court system. 

When coronavirus began spreading in the United States, many issues with children arose and increased conflicts over child support. Parents may not be able to make child support payments due to job loss, demotions or major changes to income. In other cases, parents receiving child support may need additional funds to cover expenses. There are situations where you can seek a child support modification in Florida.

Depending on the circumstances, either parent can petition the court for a modification of payments. A common reason for a child support modification in Florida is a drop in income or a total loss of income. Job loss, demotions, and cuts to hours and pay may necessitate a modification to a child support order.

It is also possible to petition the court to increase payments under the right circumstances. If you or your child experience a substantial change in life circumstances, then you should speak to a child support lawyer about petitioning the court to increase monthly payments.

If you are receiving child support payments, a judge may grant your petition for a modification if there is a substantial change in your child’s circumstances. For instance, if your child suffers a disability or requires long-term hospitalization, a judge may approve a petition to increase child support payments.  You must obtain the approval of the court to change child support payments.

Our law firm has the expertise you  need to be successful in your situation.  Please give Jupiter Legal Advocates a call and we would be happy to listen and make some suggestions.  All initial consults are at no charge to you.

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