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According to Florida case law as of the date of this article, there is a presumption that modification should be made retroactively:

“Retroactivity is the rule rather than the exception. Acosta v. Renta, 84 So.3d 1223, 1226 (Fla. 3d DCA 2012) (citing DeSantis v. Smith, 634 So.2d 796, 797 (Fla. 4th DCA 1994)). There is a presumption of retroactivity “unless there is a basis for determining that the award should not be retroactive.” Acosta, 84 So.3d at 1226 (citing Thyrre v. Thyrre, 963 So.2d 859, 862 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)). Trial courts have discretion to modify alimony retroactively to the date the petition for modification was filed or any date subsequent thereto. Acosta, 84 So.3d at 1226 (citing Ray v. Ray, 707 So.2d 358, 360 (Fla. 2d DCA 1998)). However, trial courts abuse their discretion by failing to grant modification retroactively to the date the petition was filed if the reasons justifying modification existed at that time. See Perdue v. Perdue, 506 So.2d 72, 73 (Fla. 5th DCA 1987).”

See: Hedstrom v. Hedstrom – 123 So.3d 150 (2013)




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