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Florida Modifications for Court Order Attorneys
Can I Modify My Family Order or Divorce Agreement?
Modifications allow you to request changes to a family law court order. If you have lost your job, moved for work, suffered a serious injury, or your ex-spouse has remarried, these changes often can be the grounds for a modification of your divorce, separation, child custody, or other family law agreements.
Evidence the court will typically accept can include, but is not limited to:
- Testimony from Friends or Family
- Expert Testimony From Professionals
- Legally Binding Documentation - Taxes, Bank Statements, Police Records, Etc.
It is common that your judge will want to see evidence of the major life change that has caused you to seek a modification. It is critical to work with an attorney that knows your situation and understands what is needed to tell your side of the story. When you work with our team, we will carefully evaluate your family’s situation and uncover the compelling issues and facts that should be considered.
We can assist with the modification of:
- Alimony payments
- Child custody or visitation
- Child support
- Other terms in your settlement
Would you like to learn how we can help you? Schedule a consultation with our legal team to discuss your modification goals. Contact our team at (800) 822-5170.
Child Custody & Support Modification in Florida
Typically when parents or couples divorce the State of Florida requires a parenting plan to be created that is in the best interest of the child/children. This parenting plan involves all aspects of the child’s upbringing from custody rights to parenting decisions. Regardless of the outcome once a judge signs off on the order it is legally binding and cannot be ignored.
However, if certain circumstances change in the parent or child’s life then the court may award a modification to the initial agreement, such circumstances are:
- The Child’s Needs Change Due to a Medical Condition for Example
- An Enforcement of the Order is Required Due to a Parent Not Cooperating
- An Abusive or Dangerous Environment
- Providing In-Adequate Care for the Child During Visitation Rights
- Work Relocation
If relocation is involved in your modification, the court will need to evaluate the negative impact that the modification may have on the child/children and their relationship with the non-custodial parent.
Modifying child support is also subject to a change in the following circumstance are met, these changes can include:
- One of the Parents Loses Their Job
- One of the Parents Experiences a Significant Drop in Wages
- A Parent Succeeds Financially Which Could Improve the Life of the Child
- The Child’s Needs Change Due to a Medical Condition for Example
To modify a court’s order you must be prepared to present specific and convincing evidence to the court. It is also worth remembering that the court will ONLY grant modifications if it is in the best interest of the child/children. Additionally, when filing your petition, it’s important to weigh how you feel this modification may affect your child/children.
How to Modify Alimony/Spousal Support Agreements
Similar to child support modifications, alimony modifications are available to divorced or separated couples that have gone through significant changes. These changes are typically fiscal, if the supporting spouse has lost a significant amount of income they may be subject to reduced alimony or a complete discontinuation of their alimony. Additionally, if the spouse being supported has remarried or has begun a new line of work that provides adequate finances then alimony may be modified or discontinued.
It is important to note that the following does NOT constitute a modification in support:
- The Supporting Spouse Getting Re-Marriage
- The Supported Party Has Low to Middling Economic Improvement
- Voluntarily Quitting Employment or Being Fired on Purpose
- Legal Binding Marital Agreements Waiving the Right to Modify
To proceed with an alimony modification a petition must be served to your spouse, financial disclosures must be reviewed, and mediation must be attempted to settle the case out of court. If a situation cannot be resolved in mediation your case will be brought in front of a family court judge where a new ruling may or may not be given.
Serving All of Florida’s Post-Judgement Needs
If you’re seeking to make changes to your court order, call The Virga Law Firm, P.A. Our family law attorneys are backed by more than 100 years of combined experience, and we offer trusted legal counsel and representation for our clients throughout Florida. We handle a wide arrange of family law matters, including modifications.
Areas we serve include, but are not limited to:
No matter what situation you’re facing, from remarriage to job loss, we strive to present the evidence that is needed to support your request for a modification. We also provide comprehensive legal counsel when filing your initial position for modifying your court order. Our highly experienced team is well-equipped to assist with your modification needs. It can be a complex process, but you don’t need to go through this stressful time on your own. Our skilled legal counsel is merely a phone call away.
If you need to pursue a modification of your court order, let The Virga Law Firm, P.A. help you navigate the process. Contact our legal team today to begin your case with a consultation.
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