What Happens if I Lose My Job and Can’t Pay Alimony


The recent pandemic turned Florida residents’ lives upside down. Most people shifted all aspects of their daily routine from how they shop to where they work. Unfortunately, some people did not maintain their jobs and continue to struggle to find new employment. Several calls asked, “What happens if I lose my job and can’t pay alimony?”

It puts most people who have other financial obligations in a tough position. For example, many divorced parents still have child support or alimony payments they have to pay in the meantime.

Do I Still Have to Pay Alimony or Child Support if I’m Unemployed?

Unfortunately, child support and alimony obligations do not automatically stop if you lose your job. Also, you cannot just stop paying those payments due to the legal ramifications of resisting payments. The consequences of missing payments include:

These obligations continue unless and until a court order modifies them.

How Do I Get a Florida Alimony Modification?

A substantial income change is an eligible reason to seek an alimony modification in Florida. First, you must petition the court clerk with the original alimony award and the reason for the change. You must also file an affidavit with that petition that shows your current income, expenses, and financial situation.

The court will hold a hearing for your modification request and determine whether they should modify the payments. It’s critical to make the argument as clear as possible for why a modification is necessary.
Contact a Tampa alimony law attorney if you are experiencing hardship and cannot pay your child support or alimony obligation. An attorney can help you navigate your options to protect your interests in court.

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