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Modification of Court Orders

Jacksonville Family Law Attorney – 904.450.5313

No matter how careful a divorcing couple plans and discusses their divorce agreements, nothing can truly predict and account for all the changes that are assuredly coming in the future. For this reason, Florida law allows changes or modifications to be made to the provisions outlined originally in the divorce. The concept may be simple but the process can be notoriously complex and lead to brand new contests between ex-spouses.

If you think you could benefit from a modification of court orders, do not hesitate to contact Albaugh Law Firm and our Jacksonville divorce lawyers. We would be happy to tell you all about your rights and options during a FREE initial case evaluation.

What Can Be Modified & Why

Modifications are most often seen in cases of child support and alimony changes but they can apply to nearly anything named in a divorce agreement, including child custody, relocation, and visitation schedules. The presiding judge or divorce court will often be more interested in why something is being modified than what will actually undergo a change. In order for a petition to be seen as valid by the court, you must have undergone a “substantial change of circumstances” according to the court.

If you or your ex-spouse experience any of the following, it could constitute a substantial change:

  • Unexpected job loss
  • Necessary relocation for employment
  • Dramatic illness or injury
  • Large increase or decrease in income
  • Criminal conviction (especially for violent crimes)
  • New evidence of true paternity emerges

We Have 70+ Years of Collective Legal Experience

Our Jacksonville divorce attorneys approach modification cases and petitions with your life and livelihood in focus. We will want to work closely with you, listening to your story in great detail, in order to really understand your current situation. The court has to be convinced that the modification you are requesting is necessary, and we need to use our full compassion to present the best argument possible.

From mediation to litigation, we can be your trusted legal guides. Call 904.450.5313 today.