Gainesville Divorce Decree Modification Lawyers

With the understanding that lives continue to change following a divorce or the end of a nonmarital relationship, Florida courts allow for modifications to original decrees regarding child custody and time-sharing, child support and spousal support. The Law Office of Robert W. Bauer, P.A., in Gainesville understands the circumstances that are necessary to support a modification. We help individuals present or defend against a modification request.

Modifications are allowed when a substantial life change has occurred that impacts financial circumstances. The court generally requires an increase or decrease of 15 percent or more in the ability to make payments or a similar increase or decrease in expenses.

Northern Florida Modification Attorney

Life changes that may warrant a modification to child support or spousal support include:

  • Loss of a job or a new job with an increased salary
  • Remarriage of one spouse
  • Changes to time-sharing plans
  • Increased medical costs for child or a parent making child support payments
  • Relocation of a parent

Parents frequently modify original court orders on their own and fail to notify the court of those changes. It is important to obtain court approval for any adjustments to original court orders. Failure to obtain court approval opens the door to your child's other parent rescinding an unspoken agreement to a modification and demanding the original court order be followed. Without court approval of modification, you would have no recourse.

We can explain what is and isn't possible regarding modifications and guide you through the process. If your child's other parent has filed a petition for a modification that you don't agree with, we can help you defend against the request. As with any family law matter, we are always prepared to advocate aggressively on your behalf in court aggressively if necessary.

Contact The Law Office of Robert W. Bauer, P.A.

Call 352-260-0207 or use our contact form to schedule a consultation with an experienced modifications lawyer. We work with clients throughout northern Florida.