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While you can appeal the amount of the alimony, the judge has discretion of allowing you to write checks or ordering garnishment directly from wages and in order to overturn that part of the judgment you would have to prove it was an abuse of her discretion. To prove an abuse of discretion in FL is no easy task as you have to prove that no reasonable trier of fact with the same evidence and circumstances could have reasonably made the decision to have the payments directly deducted from your pay.
If the judge is looking at you struggling to make payments as grounds to impose the payroll deduction, then it is going to be hard to prove no other reasonable trier of fact could not come to the same conclusion.
The petitioner's compliance with the MSA is separate from the alimony issue and each time she fails to make such payment you need to file a motion for contempt and eventually the court will order either automatic deductions from her or will sanction her and fine her and ultimately they can even jail her for contempt for not complying with the MSA.
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