Family Law (Divorce, Family Relations)/Child support


In the final divorce in Florida the non custodial parent waived the gross up method, and now that individual want to reduce child support based on the time spent with the child. My understanding was that since the gross up method was waived it didn't matter how much time was spent with the child. Also my understanding was that this cannot be changed unless the custodial parent agrees to it.

Hi Lisa, the actual language of the waiver, as included in the final judgment, would need to be reviewed to determine its effectiveness. Suffice it to say however, if there has been no other change in circumstances that would justify a modification of the child support and the current time sharing agreement was in effect at the time of the final judgment then the modification action should be dismissed for failure to allege a proper unanticipated and substantial change in circumstances justifying the requested modification.  

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Dan Bachert


I can respond to questions pertaining to Florida Family Law within the specific areas of Divorce, Child Custody, Child Timesharing, Alimony and Child Support Enforcement/Modification, Equitable distribution, and Inter Family Adoptions.


Actively practicing Family law in the Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties for the past eleven years.

Florida Bar, Family Law Section of Florida Bar, Palm Beach County Bar Association, BNI

Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University; Juris Doctorate from St. Thomas School of Law

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