Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a crucial aspect of divorce proceedings in Florida. It's designed to provide financial assistance to a spouse who may have become economically disadvantaged during the marriage.
However, circumstances can change over time, and there may be a need to modify alimony payments. There are some key factors to consider when it comes to this issue, so keep reading to learn more.
Material Change in Circumstances
Alimony can be modified if there is a significant change in the financial or personal circumstances of either party. This change can include a substantial increase or decrease in income, job loss, disability, retirement, or remarriage.
It's important to provide evidence of the change and demonstrate how it affects your ability to pay or receive alimony.
Tip: Keep detailed records of any changes in your financial situation, including income, expenses, and any relevant supporting documentation.
Duration & Types of Alimony
Florida recognizes several types of alimony, including bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, durational, and permanent alimony.
The duration and type of alimony awarded can impact the possibility of modification. For example, bridge-the-gap alimony is non-modifiable, while durational alimony can be modified if there is a substantial change in circumstances.
Tip: Understand the specific terms of your alimony agreement and consult with a knowledgeable family law attorney to determine the potential for modification.
Cohabitation & Supportive Relationships
In Florida, alimony may be modified or terminated if the receiving spouse enters into a supportive relationship or cohabitates with another person. Cohabitation refers to a situation where two individuals live together as a couple, sharing financial responsibilities and presenting themselves as a married couple.
Tip: Gather evidence such as shared expenses, joint accounts, or witness testimonies to support your claim of cohabitation or a supportive relationship.
Seeking Legal Assistance
Modifying alimony in Florida can be a complex process involving various legal procedures and documentation. It's crucial to seek the guidance of an experienced family law attorney who can assist with alimony modifications.
Don't hesitate to seek professional help. Beatriz Zyne, P.A., is here to provide expert legal assistance and support throughout the process.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation.