There may be parents in Florida who can benefit from understanding more about the jurisdictional requirements for modifying an existing child support order. The economic status of either spouse can change significantly by the time a divorce proceeding is finalized. Child support orders based on outdated information may be debilitating for anyone who has suffered a financial downturn. However, filing in the appropriate state with the jurisdiction to modify an existing order may be the most crucial issue at hand.
Each state has its own laws that dictate how the revised payments will be calculated for a modified child support order. The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act establishes guidelines for determining which state has jurisdiction in a child support case. This has been enacted in every state, helping to delineate whether the state has jurisdiction based on the either the residency status of the recipient, the obligor or the child at the center of the case.
However, it's not uncommon for multiple states to have jurisdiction when the parties involved are living in different states. Under these circumstances, the child's residing state takes precedence if a case has already been filed, or the most recent order takes the utmost priority. These two issues are often the most critical factors for determining jurisdiction in a child support case involving multiple states.
Parents who are involved in a child support dispute can often benefit from consulting with legal counsel. In the event that a party who has been ordered to pay support needs to have the order modified, a family law attorney might be of assistance in preparing and filing the appropriate motion and then providing representation to the parent in court.