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Guidance For Modifying A Family Law Agreement

Florida law allows you to seek a modification to an original divorce decree if there is a significant and unforeseen change in your circumstances. The Davies Law Firm, LLC represents clients in post-divorce modification matters, which primarily focus on child support payments, child custody or shared parenting plans, and spousal support.

It is important to note that modification of court orders is only retroactive to the date of the request and not the date of the change in circumstances. If you lose a job and wait four months before requesting a modification, you could be held responsible for the four months of payments. You can get immediate help from our Cocoa and Orlando offices by calling 855-688-4713 and scheduling your free consultation.

Child Custody And Support Modification

We have a thorough knowledge of the procedure and circumstances that must be shown to modify a court order. We can help you file a motion to receive court approval of a modification or defend against an alleged change of circumstance if you feel it is not in the best interests of your child.

Circumstances that may support a modification include:

  • An unforeseen and long-term increase or decrease in either spouse’s income of at least 15%
  • Loss of a job or other significant change in a partner’s life situation
  • A medical issue affecting the cost of care for either your children or yourself
  • A need for one parent to relocate to another city or state

Because Florida family courts encourage stability of child custody arrangements, they are hesitant to change original custody agreements unless it can be proven that the changes are in the best interests of the child’s life, happiness and well-being.

Florida Spousal Support Modifications

In Florida, alimony is based on one party’s need and the other party’s ability to pay. If either party receives an increase in income, that could constitute a substantial change in circumstances and warrant a modification of the alimony amount.

Remarriage is among the most common grounds for modifying spousal support. State lawmakers amended the statute to allow family court judges to consider cohabitation or de facto marriage as grounds for modifying or terminating alimony.

Talk To A Knowledgeable Legal Team For Modifications

If you have questions about what is required for a post-divorce modification, call us at 855-688-4713 or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We will review the facts of your case and recommend the best steps to take.