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Modification of Prior Orders

When an order for child custody, child support, or spousal support is first created, the goal is to set up an arrangement that meets the needs of those involved and that will work for everyone. However, no custody or support order can predict the future. Lives change frequently as jobs are found or lost, people move across town or across the country, and other events unexpectedly alter lives.

Often, Floridians with custody or support orders find that their lives change in a way that requires the order to change too. If you need a modification in a custody or support order, the modification attorneys at Farah & Farah can help. With a free consultation with our Florida family law firm at (904) 263-4610, you can understand what you can do to preserve your rights.

Florida Child Custody

In Florida, a court will typically choose not to modify a child custody order unless the conditions have changed substantially since the order was created or last changed. What counts as a "substantial" change can be hard to pin down. Often, it is a change that negatively affects the child in some way, and the parent seeking the modification tries to show the court that the change would be better for the child than the status quo. However, changes may also be made for non-harmful reasons, such as one parent moving out of state for work.

Because proving a change in circumstances or negative effects on the child can be difficult, it is best if parents can work out a change in the custody agreement they can both agree on. If both parents agree on the details of a custody modification, family law judges in Florida may accept the modification without a lengthy court battle, as long as the changes appear to be in the best interests of the child.

Child Support

Similar to child custody orders, child support orders may be reviewed and modified if there is a substantial change in circumstances that affects the payment or receipt of child support. For instance, if a parent paying child support loses his or her job, that parent may seek a modification of a child support order until he or she can find paying work again.

Courts in Florida may modify child support orders if the modification is in the best interests of the child and:

  • a substantial change in circumstances has occurred;
  • the child reaches the age of majority (usually 18), unless he or she is still in high school and/or has special needs;
  • the child is emancipated or gets married before reaching the age of majority;
  • the child becomes an active-duty member of the armed forces; or
  • the child dies.

Spousal Support in Florida

Spousal support orders can also be modified in Florida in the court that originally issued the spousal support order. Like other types of support orders, a "substantial change in circumstances" is often required in order to modify an order for spousal support.

Skilled Aid for Order Modification in FL

Child custody, child support, and spousal support cut to the heart of your relationship with your child and your ability to provide for your child. Therefore, it’s important for you and for your child to seek modifications of these orders when needed. If you need help modifying a prior custody or support order, please don’t hesitate to contact the Florida modification attorneys at Farah & Farah.

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