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Legal documents are not set in stone. They can be altered even after they are agreed to by all parties, but it’s a process that has to follow specific steps and can be time-consuming.
Say, for example, you have gone through a divorce, and there is an alimony agreement in place that you wish to have updated. Maybe you are the one who has to pay, and your financial situation has changed, or you’re the recipient, and you require more assistance than was initially planned. In either case, you need a family law attorney in Tampa from Hackworth Law, P.A. to take your case and have adjustments made to your file.
Before we go any further, let’s define what alimony is so that there is no confusion on the issue. Alimony, also known as spousal support, exists to make the economic outcome of a divorce as fair as possible for both parties, with one spouse making specified support payments to the other. The terms and duration are reached through negotiations during the divorce proceeding.
If you feel that you are paying too much, or not receiving enough support, then you should reach out to a family law attorney to have your settlement renegotiated with terms that are more acceptable for your situation.
There are several cases in which modifications may be sought. Increases to keep pace with the cost of living or emergency medical expenses are two examples. Decreased payments may be requested if the dependent spouse (the one receiving the payments) co-habitats with a new supporting partner, for instance.
These are some common examples, but there’s no such thing as a standard alimony agreement. Each one is different and specific to the case at hand, as well as the needs of the parties. That’s why it pays to have a family law attorney working for you to handle all the details of your case and work to get a fair agreement for you.