Originally Answered: I have three children two are over 18 do I still have to pay the same amount of child support?
Who told you that? Was it a lawyer who reviewed your current child support orders, and the incomes of both yourself and your ex? If not, then the advice you got may not be worth the paper it was written on. (Not written? Yes, my point exactly!)
Here are some possibilities, information, and suggestions:
NO - you don't have to pay the same amount, IF your child support orders specify that support is for your CHILDREN UNDER18; ($amount/child) OR
YES - you do have to pay the same amount UNTIL you can get those orders changed, IF there is just some lump sum in your child support orders, to be paid UNTIL your last child turns 18,
BUT REMEMBER: YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to go to court and ask a Judge to modify (lower) your child support orders!!!
Florida Statute (s. 61.30 F.S.) requires certain guidelines be used in modifying existing child support obligations in a Florida court. These guidelines take into consideration all income and earnings of both parents and the children’s health care needs. They are complicated. Luckily, you can find a calculator at http://www.alllaw.com/calculators/childs...
Put in your income & expenses for child care, your ex’s, the time you both spend with the kids, etc. You'll get a number. This is an estimate of what a court might order you to pay. If that number is at least 10% less than you are paying now, you should petition the court for a downward modification of your support orders. Your modification petition would be based on the changed circumstances of your children becoming adults, one no longer dependent on your ex-spouse, a lower income for you, etc. Just think of all the things that have changed in your life since that support order was issued!
REMEMBER: You probably shouldn’t just stop paying your court-ordered child support, unless the order says the support for the two 18 year olds has ended! Since you’re asking this question on Yahoo, I guess you either don’t have your support order, or you can’t read it for some reason, and you haven’t consulted with an attorney who can explain it to you properly. You can ask the court where you got your divorce to mail you a copy of that order. It will probably get to you within a few weeks of your written request. Just find their web site, or give them a call, and they will tell you how to do it. If you read you support order carefully, or have someone read it to you, then you will probably have the answer to your question
If you don’t understand your support orders, or if you want to modify them, you will need legal help. The whole process is somewhat complicated. If you can’t afford to hire a Family Law attorney, then check for free or low cost legal help at your local court, and at the court where you got your divorce. You can also apply to the Florida Child Support Enforcement Services for a review of your case. Call them at 1-800-622-KIDS (5437).