Alimony Modification in Florida: How To Change Alimony

Bridge-the-gap alimony can ease the transition from married life to financial independence. Do you need help with bridge-the-gap alimony in Florida? Discover the significance of this type of support, its process, and its impact on divorce cases. The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, P.A., has experienced family lawyers who provide expert guidance and representation. We can ensure you receive the financial assistance you deserve during this transitional period. Contact us for personalized legal advice tailored to your circumstances.

One of the parties to a divorce or separation may ask for financial support. Alimony can help them make ends meet after the marriage has ended. Alimony in Florida may be granted in three forms: bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, or durational support.

However, circumstances like job loss, illness, re-marriage, or retirement can affect a party’s ability to pay or change the amount the receiving spouse needs. The original alimony order might no longer accurately reflect the current situation. A modification might be necessary, but alimony modification can be complicated. You need an experienced law firm to handle your case. We are here to help with alimony modification in Florida.

Alimony in Florida

What is alimony? After a divorce, the court may order financial support to one spouse through alimony to assist with income or economic disparities. In Florida, there are several types of alimony. 

  • Bridge-the-gap alimony: This support offers temporary financial assistance to help a partner adjust to their new single life, including necessities such as housing and utilities. The duration for bridge-the-gap alimony cannot usually exceed two years. 
  • Rehabilitative alimony: When a spouse needs support for education, training, or skills to become self-sufficient, they may receive rehabilitative alimony. This support is intended to help the receiving spouse rejoin the workforce and attain financial independence in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Durational alimony: This financial support is for a specific period after a divorce. It is usually awarded when other types of alimony are not appropriate. The duration of durational alimony cannot exceed the length of the marriage. 
  • Temporary alimony: Pendente lite alimony is awarded during the divorce proceedings to provide financial support to a spouse until the divorce is finalized. It ensures that both parties maintain a reasonable standard of living during this transitional period. 

Permanent alimony is no longer an option in Florida because of recent law changes,  

What is the difference between alimony vs. spousal support? Technically, they are the same. Although “alimony” is a relatively common term associated with divorce, Florida no longer uses the term “alimony,” but rather uses “spousal support,” which is a much more modernized version of alimony. Traditionally, alimony was automatically paid when a couple separated. However, spousal support is not automatically awarded and is much more limited today than alimony was.

Can alimony be changed after divorce? Yes, and The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker can help. 

The Role of Travis Walker Law in Alimony Modification

At The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, we understand the sensitive nature of these modification requests. Our firm has earned a reputation for its exceptional guidance and advocacy in this area of family law.  

Led by Travis Walker, our experienced legal team brings a wealth of knowledge to your situation. Our firm conducts an exhaustive analysis of our clients’ situations and provides tailored legal guidance. Our legal team also assists clients in understanding their options so they can make informed decisions that align with their best interests.

We have a proven history of success in alimony modification cases. Here are a few examples of real-life testimonials showcasing our strategic approach and sensitivity toward every client’s needs:

“I would highly recommend this firm to anyone who is looking for an attorney. He is an attorney that you can trust and will always work in your best interest.” — Antonia Rivera

“I hired him because he was very professional, compassionate, and knowledgeable about the Martin County Court system and has an excellent staff as well.” — Shari

Whether seeking to adjust alimony payments due to financial changes or learning how to get alimony, you can confidently turn to The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker for experienced guidance that makes a difference.

Circumstances for Alimony Modification

How is alimony calculated? Unlike child support calculations, alimony is not subject to a rigid formula in Florida. Instead, the courts evaluate a few factors to establish the appropriate type, amount, and duration of alimony. 

However, situations can change, leading to a need for modification. Florida law allows alimony to be increased, decreased, or terminated if there is a significant change in circumstances for either party. Such changes include the following: 

  • Loss of job or significant change in income: A sudden reduction in income or loss of employment can impact someone’s ability to pay. 
  • Serious illness or disability: A severe disease or disability can affect earning capacity, and a modification may be appropriate.
  • Remarriage: The alimony recipient’s decision to remarry or cohabit with another person can affect their financial situation.
  • Retirement: When the payer has reached full retirement age, they may be able to request a modification.

Other substantial life changes: Any significant life changes directly impacting someone’s financial circumstances could be considered grounds for modification. 

Filing for Alimony Modification

One of the biggest common myths about alimony is that the amount is permanent and cannot be changed. That is not the case. Requesting a modification involves the following steps:

  1. First, you must collect all necessary documents and evidence to support the need for modification. Typically, these include financial records, medical documents, and any other relevant evidence. 
  2. You also must identify the appropriate court with jurisdiction over the case. You generally must file the modification petition in the same jurisdiction that issued the original divorce decree. 

Finally, you must accurately complete the paperwork. Otherwise, it can lead to a rejection or delay in the modification. You should have an experienced divorce lawyer to handle this process for you.  

The Alimony Modification Process

The alimony modification process can be complex and lengthy. Sometimes, clients worry about the cost associated with these filings. There are a few options that avoid heading to the court. With negotiation or mediation, both parties can work through a third party who will come to a reasonable conclusion in the case. 

Whether you want to take an alternative approach or need a court hearing, our experienced team can assist. 

Factors Considered by the Court in Alimony Modification

There will be serious consequences if you fail to pay alimony in Florida. Therefore, when there is a change in circumstances, you must request a modification. Florida courts will consider several factors in these requests, including:

  • Financial changes of the parties: The court will scrutinize any changes in the financial circumstances of both the payer and the recipient in relation to the original alimony order.
  • Demonstrated need of the recipient: The recipient’s current financial requirements and any changes in their needs are evaluated.
  • Ability to continue payments: The court assesses the payer’s financial capability to continue making alimony payments in light of their altered circumstances.

Compliance with court orders: The court inspects whether both parties have adhered to the terms of the existing alimony order.

Temporary vs. Permanent Modifications

Temporary modifications are for short-term changes, such as temporary disability. They have a predetermined duration and will revert to the original order once the temporary conditions are resolved.  

Permanent modifications are necessary for substantial and lasting changes that require a permanent adjustment to the alimony arrangement. Any applicant must demonstrate a significant change in their circumstances to justify the modification of alimony.

Contact Our Legal Team Today

Whether you need an attorney to address child custody or alimony modification in Florida, contact The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, PA. We are here to assist you in navigating the complex legal landscape of family law. 

Our team will ensure that your financial well-being is protected after divorce. Contact us today through the online form or by calling 772-708-0952.

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