v46 – I’ve Lost My Job & Must Still Pay Alimony – What Can I Do?
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“You’ve lost your job and you still are ordered by the court to pay alimony. What do you do? My name is Steve Kramer. I’m a Florida divorce attorney. And today we’re going to be talking about how to modify alimony. Now, alimony is governed under Florida statute 61.14. And if there was an alimony award entered in your case where you’ve been ordered to pay your spouse alimony, then the only way you’re going to come in and change it if it’s still in force is to file a petition to modify your alimony. What that means is that you’re telling the court there has been a substantial change in circumstances. Things have changed. You’ve lost your job, there’s been some other financial change, you have accumulated medical debt, you’re ill, you’re disabled – whatever. You’ve got to show a change in circumstances. And one of the changes in circumstances that can be a big factor is that maybe your spouse has entered into a supportive relationship or maybe they’ve gotten remarried. But even a supportive relationship can be basis to change alimony. So maybe they’ve moved in with somebody who’s taking care of them. Maybe somebody’s paying the bills, maybe there’s a sugar mamma or sugar daddy. Whatever. That would be a change in circumstances and that’s what we’re looking at when we file a petition to modify alimony.
The important thing is to not delay. Because if you delay, you’re still going to be ordered to pay it. And if you don’t pay it, you can be held in contempt meaning the court can do all sorts of nasty things that we don’t want the court to do. Basically, you need to get that petition to modify alimony filed as soon as you lose your job, as soon as there’s a financial change, as soon as there is a change in the nature of the relationship between your spouse and somebody else, meaning a supportive relationship. And you need to get that thing filed. Because a lot of the times when the court enters a judgment later on – let’s say they reduce your alimony from $1,000 a month down to $200 a month or maybe from $500 a month to nothing – they can go retroactive to the date that you filed. That means all that money that you would have owed, you don’t owe anymore. And if you don’t file then you don’t get that opportunity. And you don’t want to be like somebody, some clients that I’ve represented recently that might have waited 10 years before they filed it. Or 5 years, or even a year, because why be on the hook for more money than you need to be on the hook for? I’m telling you this because I see this all the time. And if you have any questions, call me at the number below. I deal with this every day.
I’m Steve Kramer. Thanks for watching.”
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