In the state of Florida, judges make careful decisions regarding alimony, and must have significant reason to issue an alimony modification. The state has created a formula by which they must abide. Alimony is almost never modified immediately following a divorce, and can be modified later only when specific circumstances are present.
One point which must be proven is that there has been a substantial change in circumstance. A substantial change is one in which there has been an unplanned, involuntary, and permanent change that will affect one party’s financial status. Disabling health issues, sudden loss of a job, retirement, death, criminal charges, or winning the lottery are all examples of such a change.
If an alimony recipient gets remarried, or it can be proven that he or she is getting financial support from another relationship, then alimony may be terminated.
A few reasons for a judge to deny an alimony modification would be if it was never awarded in the first place, if a change in circumstance is not considered substantial, or if that change was caused by you and not unplanned. In these cases, it is unlikely that any modification would be granted.
For all of these reasons, seeking assistance can be crucial for people in these situations. Consulting with an experienced divorce attorney can help determine whether or not your circumstance would constitute an alimony modification. He or she can give you an educated opinion as to whether or not a Florida judge would grant or deny your request.