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Q: What will happen with FL child support after leaving job to open my own business? Filed for modification so far

Child support was establish while still working a traditional job. I’ve saved up over time to open my own business to be able to spend time with my family, rather than 12-13 hour workdays 6-7 days a week. I requested a modification but am worried how the DOR will look at going from a high income job to starting my own business. Obviously new businesses will struggle in the beginning so I’m making just enough to cover my bills so I am just worried they will only look at my last tax return I guess, rather than what my income actually is now.

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Rand Scott Lieber
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A: When a payor's income fluctuates then the court will look at an average over time. You are allowed to change jobs/ start your own business, but you will be expected to continue to earn at the same level moving forward. There may be a temporary decrease in your income which the court will recognize. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

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