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Alimony may be Modified in Florida

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Family Law on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

While family law may include areas of the law often subject to dispute, in many of those areas, modifications and changes may be available to help meet the needs of all parties involved. In Florida, there are different types of alimony, for example. Periodic permanent alimony is one type which is paid until either party dies or the recipient remarries. Other types of alimony include rehabilitative and lump-sum, among others. While some who pay alimony may find it overwhelming, it is important to note that all types of alimony that are paid over time may be subject to modification.

Divorcing parties can agree on alimony, also known as spousal support, through a divorce settlement, or, if an agreement cannot be reached, the court may award alimony. When the court determines spousal support, it reviews factors such as the needs of the recipient, the ability of the owing party to pay, the standard of living the couple enjoyed during the marriage, the ages of the parties, and the physical and emotional health of the parties.

When it comes to alimony, either of the parties involved can seek a post-divorce modification of the alimony by requesting it from the court. To receive a modification, family law requires a change in circumstances that was not present at the time the alimony was assigned, was involuntary and not anticipated to change. Changes such as a loss of a job, for example, may allow for a change in the amount of alimony owed.

At times, obtaining an alimony modification can be complex. Therefore, it may be beneficial to speak with a legal professional who can help a party understand the process and how a modification can be beneficial.

Source: The Abilene Reporter-News, "It's The Law: The alimony can be modified," David McNew, July 20, 2014

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