Modification and Supportive Relationships
Family Law and Divorce in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Pinellas County, and surrounding West Florida areas.
After your divorce is final, sometimes several years post-divorce, disputes can emerge regarding increases or reductions in alimony and/or child support, custodial changes, parenting plan changes, relocation plans, and modifications of timesharing. The standard for modifying alimony or child support is a substantial change in circumstances, which can be shown by a significant increase or decrease in income (ability to pay), or need. Note that equitable distribution determinations are not modifiable after the divorce is finalized.
Additionally, when a party receiving alimony enters into a supportive relationship, this is usually grounds for modification or termination of payment of alimony if it can be proven. A supportive relationship exists when the alimony recipient cohabits with someone that is not a family member, and who is financially supporting them. Alimony is intended to provide support for an ex-spouse who was financially dependent on the other during the marriage, and the purpose of this law is to terminate that ongoing spousal support since the ex-spouse is now receiving support elsewhere.
The attorneys at Greene & Greene have handled several modification actions, and are experienced in assessing your unique situation to determine if a modification action is appropriate for you
If you need assistance with modification, supportive relationships, divorce, paternity suits, or other family law matters, please contact our office, as our attorneys have extensive experience in these matters in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Pinellas County, and the surrounding West Florida areas.