Jacksonville Modification Lawyers

Promoting Fair Divorce Court Orders

It is not surprising when two individuals who have been divorced for some time, feel the need to modify a child support or custody order. Life is full of surprises and constant changes, and therefore modification is an acceptable action to take. A parenting plan may initially seem to work fine, but as circumstances change, change might become necessary.

Whether a modification is granted or not depends on the situation and the circumstances that are being addressed. No matter what the circumstance, the child's best interest is still held as the top priority and therefore, the circumstantial change must warrant a proceeding.

If the custodial situation of your child requires change, contact Charles E. Willmott online or call (904) 849-5183 at your earliest convenience to speak with an experienced Jacksonville modifications lawyer.

Common Reasons for Modifications in Florida

In the state of Florida, there are various common reasons why individuals may seek modifications to existing court orders, particularly in family law matters. One prevalent reason involves changes in financial circumstances, such as:

  • job loss
  • changes in income
  • unexpected financial hardships
  • If a party experiences a substantial increase or decrease in income, they may petition the court for modifications to child support or alimony orders to reflect their current financial reality.

Another common factor leading to modifications is changes in child custody arrangements. A party may request modifications to the existing custody or visitation arrangement if there is a significant change in:

  • a parent's living situation
  • work schedule
  • ability to provide a stable environment for the child

Additionally, modifications might be sought if one party relocates. Whether driven by career prospects or personal considerations, a move impacting current visitation schedules may necessitate adjustments to maintain meaningful contact between the parent and child.

Modifications are sought to ensure that court orders align with the current circumstances and best interests of the parties involved, particularly in matters related to finances and the well-being of children. It is essential to consult with an experienced Jacksonville modifications attorney to navigate the legal process and determine the validity of modification requests based on specific circumstances.


Life is hardly a constant and it changes over time. After a divorce is finalized and alimony is awarded, it is not uncommon for the circumstances to change for either party; for instance, a job loss or a promotion, an accident or an illness. When such changes are large enough, they may warrant filing a petition to modify or terminate alimony payments.

While alimony generally cannot be modified when it is in the form of bridge-the-gap, with the exception of the death of either party or the remarriage of the receiving party, most other forms of alimony can be modified or terminated depending upon the facts of the case.

Child Support

If the supporting party loses their job or experiences a decrease in pay, a child support modification may be required. On the other hand, if the child develops a need that requires an increase in child support, this can also lead to modification. An existing court order may no longer be reasonable and can require a petition of the court.

At Charles E. Willmott, P.A., I know how to have a modification agreement accepted, so that your individual and familial needs can be met. If a financial change makes it necessary to increase or decrease support, it is important to discuss your situation with a Jacksonville divorce attorney.

Child Custody

Courts are willing to modify agreements of child custody if significant life changes occur. If it is observed to be in the best interest of the child, modification to earlier court orders can be made. This is a complex situation that can impact the life of your child or children, so hire a Jacksonville divorce lawyer who has handled modification cases for over two decades.

If the custodial situation of your child requires change, contact Charles E. Willmott online or call (904) 849-5183 at your earliest convenience to speak with an experienced Jacksonville modifications lawyer.

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