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Why DIY alimony modification is a bad idea

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2017 | Alimony

Have you been thinking about seeking modification of your spousal support payments in Florida? As many of us know, alimony is almost a living thing — needs and requirements change, and so the spousal support program must change with them. Your personal situation could justify a change to your alimony payments, particularly if you are at risk of failure to pay alimony because of an unfortunate life event.

In Florida, you can use a series of forms to modify your alimony agreement, which leads many people to believe that they can use a “do-it-yourself” model to change their spousal support arrangements. This may not be the best approach, however, as the instructions on these forms are often difficult to understand. If you make an error on your spousal support change request, you could end up having to re-do the entire thing — or, even worse, you could compromise your ability to make the change at all.

Furthermore, alimony modifications are available to those who have had a significant change in circumstances — but your ex-spouse can contest the potential changes to the spousal support. For instance, if you have lost your job, you may find spousal support payments to be overly burdensome, and so you file for a modification. Your ex-spouse may argue the fact that you still have the ability to make the monthly payment, filing a counterpetition to deny the alimony changes.

Instead of choosing a DIY option for your spousal support payment in Florida, consider enlisting the services of a skilled family attorney. By seeking their advice, you may be able to avoid the pitfalls that delay or derail your ability to get a spousal support change. Legal matters require a professional approach, and a family attorney can help you minimize your risk in court.