Florida Lawyers practicing Family Law are well-versed in the process of modifying previous court orders. In this economy, you have to be. Job loss, loss of benefits, relocation—all of these unexpected events can create a situation where custody, child support, and spousal benefits are brought once more to the table for amendment and modification. The loss of a job does not mean that you are relieved of your court approved settlements and agreements unless you create what is called a “Modification of Orders” that is also approved by the family courts. Should you decide on your own, without the court’s permission, to discontinue paying child support or spousal support your ex can petition the courts for wage garnishment, property liens, or to have the money removed from your bank account without your consent.
When an unexpected event happens you must follow the correct legal process and appeal to the courts for a modification, temporary or permanent, to the final orders issued in your case.
I help individuals all the time work within the court system to have their final orders modified when an event such as job loss or hospitalization occurs. If you find yourself in a situation beyond your control that will affect your ability to meet your court ordered obligations please seek legal counsel. I can assist you with finding an appropriate solution to your life changing event.