With Florida's continuing high unemployment rate, more and more people are falling behind in alimony as well as child support. Alimony was based on the recipient's need as well as the payor's ability. When the payor's ability involuntarily changes, alimony can be temporarily abated or modified.
Just like any modification action after the final judgment, there must be a substantial change in circumstances that was unanticipated at the time of the final judgment.Certainly nobody anticipated the continuing high unemployment and bad economic conditions we now have. And involuntarily losing a job is a substantial change in circumstances, as long as you are diligently searching for another one.
Whether you are paying or receiving alimony, unemployment can be a reason to file a supplemental petition to modify your final judgement.