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Modifications

Do you wish to modify an order of child support, a parenting-plan/timesharing agreement or award of alimony? Sometimes previously agreed upon or court ordered payments prove unfeasible. Most modifications of alimony and child support are permissible with a showing of a significant change of circumstances and a modification of a parenting-plan/timesharing agreement is permissible with a similar showing as well as a demonstration that the modification is in the best interest of the child.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Modifications

Q: I quit my job. Is the loss of income sufficient to modify/lower my child support payments?

A: Most likely, no. In Florida, you are required to provide monetary support for your children. A court will likely impute income based on the past employment, skill or education if you voluntarily quit your job.

Also, note that the order modifying your payments will not apply retroactively to the time when your circumstances changed. Rather, the new/lower payment amount will apply prospectively once the order is entered. You will owe arrears if you are unable or fail to make the payments until the order is lowered.

Q: If my circumstances change and are sufficient to decrease my payment amount, can I stop making payments until we go to court?

A:  No. You are still responsible to comply with the court order of child support and/or alimony. The order modifying your payments will not apply retroactively to the time when your circumstances changed.  Rather, the new/lower payment amount will apply prospectively once the order is entered. You will owe arrears if you are unable or fail to make the payments until the order is lowered.

Mosaic Law Firm is conveniently located in Downtown Orlando, Florida and Downtown Washington, D.C.  Statutory requirements, court rules, and administrative orders must be strictly followed or you may lose certain rights forever. Contact us now to inquire further and learn how our firm can help you with your family legal issues.