Winter Park Modifications Attorney
Florida Family Law Modifications Lawyer Serving Clients in Winter Park
After you go through a divorce or deal with child custody proceedings, it can be difficult to think about returning to court in order to change any aspects of a family law order, from alimony to time-sharing to child support. However, many different kinds of situations arise that can necessitate a modification. For example, if one of the parties loses a job and cannot afford to make alimony payments, a modification may be appropriate. Or, for instance, if one of the parents involved in a time-sharing arrangement is offered a new job in another state, a modification likely will be necessary.
You should know that it is possible to modify a family court order, but it is important to work with an experienced Winter Park modifications attorney to ensure that your case goes as smoothly as possible.
Understanding How Family Law Modifications Work
There are many different kinds of family law court orders for which you may need to seek a modification. Generally speaking, in order to have a family law court order modified, you will need to show that there has been a substantial change in circumstances. The following are examples of the types of family court orders that you may wish to modify, and the requirements needed for a modification:
- Parenting Plan: Under Florida law, parents are not awarded child custody but instead share parental responsibility and parenting time through a parenting plan. According to the statute, in order to modify a Parenting Plan in Florida, the parent who is seeking to modify the order and accompanying time-sharing schedule must be able to show “a substantial, material, and unanticipated change of circumstances.” Even then, the proposed modification still must be within the best interests of the child.
- Child support payments: Florida law makes clear that a child support payment order can be modified in situations where a modification would be in the best interests of the child, when the child reaches the age of majority, when the child becomes emancipated, when the child gets married, when the child joins the armed services, if the child dies, or if there is a substantial change in circumstances. It is up to the party seeking to modify child support to show that one of the statutory conditions has been met.
- Alimony or spousal support: Under Florida’s alimony law, bridge-the-gap alimony is not modifiable in either amount of duration. However, other types of alimony awards can be modified in certain circumstances. For example, rehabilitative alimony can be modified if there is a substantial change in circumstances, if there is noncompliance with the plan, or once the terms of the plan have been completed. Duration alimony and permanent alimony also can be modified or terminated based on a substantial change in circumstances.
Contact a Winter Park Modifications Lawyer
If you need assistance modifying a family law order, a Winter Park modifications lawyer can assist you. Contact The Troum Law Firm, P.A. today to learn more about the services we provide to families in Florida.