Alimony Modifications in Florida

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Alimony Modifications in Ft. Lauderdale / Miami

In the evolving landscape of Florida family law, understanding the rules surrounding alimony modifications is crucial. Recent legislative changes, particularly with the introduction of the alimony reform bill signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis on June 30, 2023, have significantly impacted alimony awards and modifications. As a dedicated family law attorney in Fort Lauderdale, I am committed to guiding you through these changes and how they may affect your alimony arrangements.

Key Provisions Under §61.14 of Florida Divorce Law

Florida Statute §61.14 allows for the modification of alimony payments if there is a substantial change in circumstances for either party involved. This could result in an increase, decrease, or termination of alimony payments, depending on the specifics of the case. Importantly, any modification must receive court approval, emphasizing the need for a formal legal process rather than relying on informal agreements between parties.

Understanding the Alimony Reform Bill

The alimony reform bill introduces several key changes:

  • Elimination of Permanent Alimony: The bill replaces permanent alimony with four types: temporary, bridge-the-gap, rehabilitative, and durational. This allows for more flexibility and tailoring of alimony awards to the specific needs and circumstances of the parties involved.
  • Consideration of Adultery: Courts can now consider the economic impact of either spouse’s adultery when determining alimony awards.
  • Factors for Determining Alimony: Courts must consider nine specific factors, including the parties’ standard of living during the marriage, duration of the marriage, age and health of the parties, and their financial resources, among others.
  • Marriage Duration Categories: The bill defines short-term marriages as less than 10 years, moderate-term marriages as between 10 and 20 years, and long-term marriages as 20 years or more. The duration of the marriage is a key factor in determining the type and amount of alimony awarded.
  • Modifications Based on Retirement: The new legislation allows for the modification or termination of alimony payments when the payor reaches normal retirement age, considering a range of factors to ensure fairness.

Post-Judgment Proceedings and Modifications

Modifying child support, alimony, time-sharing, or parenting plans requires presenting a reasonable change in circumstances to the court. For child support, a change of at least 5% in calculations is necessary for consideration. Alimony modifications depend on the terms of the Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) and whether the alimony is designated as modifiable.

Legal Guidance for Your Alimony Concerns

Navigating the complexities of alimony modifications under the new Florida law requires a thorough understanding of legal procedures and evidence presentation, adhering to the Florida Rules of Evidence. Whether you’re considering modifying your alimony agreement or facing a post-judgment proceeding, professional legal counsel can provide the clarity and support you need.

If you’re dealing with alimony modifications or any family law issues in South Florida, contact me, Attorney Gabriel Carrera, at (954)-533-7593 or via email at [email protected]. Together, we can explore your legal options and strategize the best path forward under the new Florida family law landscape.

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