Is Your Alimony Order Subject to Modification or Abatement due to Covid?
If you currently have a court order to provide alimony in Tampa Bay and you have suffered a job loss due to COVID 19 , you may be able to seek a modification or an abatement of alimony. Florida Statute 61.14 states that most forms of alimony are subject to termination or modification. It’s important to understand that your court orders are fully enforceable until which time they are modified and a new order is entered. Taking the steps now to avoid any further conflict or legal consequences is a wise choice.
“Getting ahead of any legal ramifications that may result from non-compliance or non-payment of alimony is highly recommended.”
If you do not make your court ordered alimony payments in Florida, you may be subject to the following penalties:
- Contempt of court for failure to pay alimony
- Ordered to pay additional fines
- Short-term incarceration
Abatement vs. Modification of Alimony
An abatement of alimony seeks to temporarily suspend a person’s obligation to pay alimony for a period of time. A alimony modification seeks to permanently change the order through the filing of a Supplemental Petition for Modification of Final Judgment.
Sound Legal Counsel & Solutions to High Conflict Family Law Matters in Tampa Bay
To learn more about what might be your best option or to obtain representation in an alimony case in Tampa Bay, please reach out to our law firm. Our Tampa family law attorneys offer sound, legal solutions to high conflict family law matters. Mr. Sanchez has over 25 years of experience negotiating and litigating high conflict divorce, alimony and family law matters. Whether you need a top-rated divorce attorney in Pasco or a child custody lawyer in Hillsborough or Pinellas County, FL we’re here to help you. Call 813-879-4600 for a consultation or message us below for assistance. Speaking in detail with a family law attorney will help you to find out whether you may be qualified to seek an abatement or modification of alimony through the courts.