MODIFICATION OF ALIMONY AND CHILD SUPPORT
IF YOU ARE OWED ALIMONY OR CHILD SUPPORT:
If you are receiving alimony and/or child support, you may be able to increase the amount you receive if certain factors are present. For example, if the person paying child support is earning more money than they were the last time that the court ordered him or her to pay child support, you may be able to increase the amount he or she is paying. Another example is that older children often have increased expenses which may warrant an increase in child support.
The Bonham Law Firm is ready to assist you in modifying the amount(s) you receive. In certain cases, the court may order the other person to pay some or all of our fees and costs.
IF YOU OWE ALIMONY OR CHILD SUPPORT AND YOUR INCOME DECREASES:
If you are paying alimony or child support and you lose your job or your income decreases for any reason, you need to ACT IMMEDIATELY to protect your rights.
Regardless of the reason for your decrease in income, you will continue to be responsible for paying the same amount unless and until you FILE A SUPPLEMENTAL PETITION FOR MODIFICATION of your support obligation.
Even if the judge feels sorry for you, the judge can only modify the amount that you owe retroactive to the date that you FILED your Supplemental Petition for Modification. Agreements with the other parent that you can pay a lesser amount are generally not enforceable and will probably not be honored by the court. Moreover, the State of Florida will assess statutory interest on the unpaid amount, which has been as high as 10% in recent years. If you owe alimony and/or child support and your income decreases for any reason, you need to contact an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible.
To learn more, please call us for an appointment to discuss your particular situation. Our telephone number is 305-895-0468 and our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.