Fort Lauderdale Alimony Modification Lawyers
It is common that the term of an alimony order will be on an open-ended or permanent basis, but certain circumstances arise that render that arrangement no longer necessary or appropriate. This happens most frequently with permanent spousal support that terminates only upon death of one of the parties or remarriage of the recipient spouse. A spouse ordered to pay or agreeing to pay spousal support in a marital settlement agreement can petition to modify the terms of his or her alimony payments to reduce the amount and/or duration of spousal support depending the specific circumstances of the case. The recipient spouse can also seek a modification to increase spousal support in the appropriate situation.
A number of factors may be considered a change of circumstances and can constitute the basis for considering a modification or termination of alimony including:
- Disability or illness, which occurs after the original alimony order
- Material change in the paying spouse’s income
- Cohabitation by the recipient spouse
- Increase in the paying spouse’s expenses for cost of living
- Change in recipient spouse’s living situation, such as loss of place to live
- Change of job or income status of the recipient spouse
Alimony modifications usually coincide with a change in circumstances. If you pay or receive alimony and would like to petition for a modification or termination, contact the Fort Lauderdale alimony modification lawyers of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A., at 954-580-8080 so that we can determine if you qualify.
Requesting a Modification
In order to move forward with modification proceedings, individuals who wish to seek modifications must file a petition with the court that established the alimony order. This is usually the same court that grants the individual’s divorce. It is important to note that both the alimony payer and payee can request a modification if their financial situations change sufficiently. The factors that a court will consider in determining whether to modify or terminate alimony include:
- Need of the recipient spouse
- The extent to which the recipient spouse has become self-supporting
- Ability of the paying spouse to help the recipient spouse maintain the marital standard of living
Possible modifications include:
Individuals wishing to increase the amount of alimony they receive or individuals wishing to decrease the amount of alimony they pay should discuss their case with an experienced Fort Lauderdale alimony modification lawyer.
The alimony modification process can be a difficult one without proper legal advice and representation. If your circumstances have changed since the terms of your divorce were settled and you would like to petition for an alimony modification, contact the Fort Lauderdale alimony modification attorneys of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A., at 954-580-8080.
Our experienced and dedicated alimony modification lawyers provide legal representation in Fort Lauderdale and throughout Broward County as well as Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Weston and all surrounding areas including smaller incorporated and unincorporated areas. We will analyze your situation so that we can provide the legal advice and guidance you need to make your divorce a start to a positive new beginning, please contact us today by calling 954-580-8080.