Child Support Review
by Jesus from St. Petersburg, Florida, Pinellas County
How can I file a Child support reduction? My oldest boy turned 18 back on 10/12/08 but he graduated from High School on 5/30/2009.
Do I get any retroactive payments?
Answer to Florida Child Support Question
It depends on your Child Support Order.
Some, but not all, recent child support orders included language stating that child support payments would continue until the child turns age 18; or the child turns age 19 if still in high school.
Since you have younger children for whom I gather you are also paying support, you must let the Department of Revenue know that your oldest child has aged out of child support.
I know, it seems like this should be automatic, but it isn't. Contact the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) and let them know.
You are entitled to a review of your child support obligation every three years. If it has been less than three years since your last child support review, you may need to show that the circumstances or needs of the parties have changed.
You can request a review of your child support obligation by completing the form found on their website, Request for Child Support Review
. The Request for Child Support Review form states in part:
may ask us to review your support order to see if the ongoing amount or health insurance terms should be changed. If the review shows the order should be changed, we will take legal action to change the order based on the results of the review.
If you ask us to review the order and it has been less than three years since the order started or the order was changed, you must show us records or have other information to prove that your situation or the other parent’s situation has changed.
Examples include pay stubs, statements from child care providers, medical bills, or information about a new employer. Once we get a completed request form and supporting records, we will need at least 60 days to complete our review.
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