Modifications of final judgments in Florida family court are designed to be very difficult to obtain. Florida Statute §61.13 holds that to successfully modify a final judgment, the party seeking the modification has the burden of proving that there has been a substantial change in circumstances and that such substantial change:
- is significant;
- is related to a material issue;
- was involuntary, (meaning that it was not the fault of the moving party);
- is permanent, (meaning that it is unknown when the change will end); and
- was not contemplated by the court at the time it entered the final judgment.
Whether you are seeking to modify a final judgment or your goal is to prevent a final judgment from being modified, Butash & Donovan can help. Our experienced and hardworking attorneys and staff are focused on achieving the goals of each of our clients.