Life is not static. The circumstances present at the time of the Final Judgment may change significantly thereafter. The support that was fair at the time of the Final Judgment may be insufficient years later due to a health issue, or may be a hardship years later due to a job loss. The timesharing that had the children spending the majority of time with one parent, may now be causing the child to have difficulties in school or may no longer be appropriate due to a live-in companion. These situations may be sufficient to ask the court to modify the terms of your Final Judgment of divorce or paternity.
The standard for modifying a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage or Paternity is extremely difficult to meet and your greatest chance of success is to have an experienced family law attorney represent you in these matters. The standard for modification is a substantial and material change in circumstance that was unanticipated at the time of the final judgment. The most requested modifications are requests for a reduction in alimony or a request for a change in timesharing or child support.
Contact Baker & Zimmerman to discuss your circumstances and the chance of successfully modifying your Final Judgment or if you need assistance defending a modification action filed against you.
Oftentimes after a family law action is concluded one party will experience an unforeseen financial set-back or will have a significant unforeseen increase in income. These types of unforeseen financial circumstances may qualify for a modification of alimony (assuming alimony was previously awarded by the Court) and/or child support. Additionally, circumstances involving the children may likewise change warranting a change in parental responsibility or timesharing. At Baker & Zimmerman, we have significant experience representing clients seeking modifications of alimony, child support or timesharing and/or parental responsibility (custody issues). Our attorneys routinely help clients assess these types of changes in circumstance to determine whether a request for modification may be successful.
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Alimony, child support and child custody orders may be modified only by court order. Florida courts require a substantial, unforeseen, material changes in the circumstances of either party to grant these types of modifications.
We work closely with our clients to understand how their circumstances have changed and understand how to present changes to the court to achieve our client’s goals, either by agreement or with court intervention.
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If your circumstances or the other party’s circumstances have changed and you are considering seeking a modification of a alimony, child custody and/or child support order, please contact Baker & Zimmerman. We can be reached by phone, by e-mail, or by filling out the confidential in-take form on our Contact Us page.
MODIFICATION OF FINAL JUDGMENT
The standard for modifying a Final Judgement of Dissolution of Marriage or Paternity is extremely difficult to meet and your greatest chance of success is to have an experienced family law attorney represent you in these matters. The standard for modification is a substantial and material change in circumstance that was unforeseen at the time of the final judgment. The most requested modifications are requests for a reduction in alimony or a request for a change in timesharing or child support. Contact Baker & Zimmerman to determine if you meet the standard for modifying your Final Judgment. Please note that equitable distribution awards are not modifiable.