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What is a Request For Production and Interrogatories and Why Are These Discovery Vehicles So Useful?

Working with an attorney is much like meeting that special person in your life and developing a personal relationship. It takes time. During this time interrogative questions are asked and answered and evidence such as meeting parents or seeing the actual workplace come into play. This blog will take an in-depth look at both Request for Production and Interrogatories and just why they are useful for both client and attorney. Looking first at Request for Production, the legal definition found in the online Findlaw Legal Dictionary states “a discovery request issued by one party to an action on another (as under...

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Moving On With Life After a Divorce

Very few people who have weathered a divorce, or dissolution of marriage as it is now termed, would say it was easy to move on after the final judgment is handed down. Of course, a lot depends of how many years the couple have been married, if there are children to consider, if there will be a drastic change in lifestyle, whether there is someone waiting “in the wings” to love and cherish, to name a few. However, no matter what the circumstances, a person must move on or the rest of life will be filled with heartache and little...

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Legal Vs. Ethical Obligations For Your Children

No Duty To Pay For College, Car Etc. What does “duty” mean when it comes to paying for your children’s needs? First, let’s look at the legal definition for “duty”, the one found online at Black’s Law Dictionary: “In its use in Jurisprudence this word is the correlative of right. Thus, whenever there exists a right in any person, there also rests a corresponding duty upon some other person or upon all persons generally. But it is also used, in a wider sense, to designate that class of moral obligations which lie outside the jural sphere; such, namely, as rest upon...

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All About An Initial Retainer

Attorneys cost money. And they should. Informed, caring representation for matters involving the law takes years of preparation, strict licensing, ongoing education, and severe state government monitoring of one’s professional actions. An attorney puts, and continues to put, a great deal of time and dollars into his or her professional career and certainly deserves to be recompensed in order to make a living and be able to adequately maintain his professional status. But, it is often said attorneys charge an unreasonable amount for their services. Of course some do. However, if you understand the ways attorneys handle their fees, you...

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Child Support Calculations… Are You Overpaying?

In Florida, child support is a mandatory requirement for all parents whether they are married to each other or not. Both parents are responsible for part of their minor children’s support and sometimes this support will be given to a third party legal guardian such as a grandparent. Additionally, child support cannot be made part of a pre or post marital agreement. There are a number of considerations taken into account when figuring child support, among them are incomes of each parent, number of minor children shared by the couple, number of overnights each parent will have, special needs or...

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The Importance Of a Free In Person Consultation

Everyone likes to get something for free, but in this case a free, in person consultation means a lot to both the giver, the attorney and the receiver, the potential client. For both parties, making a decision to represent or be represented by someone in a matter, which can often be life changing, is vitally important. Getting to meet someone in person and be able to “get a feeling” for their personality and compatibility as well as if they are good listeners and seem honestly interested in the unique particulars of your case is essential as often a case can...

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Why Choose a Family Law Attorney Vs. a General Practice Attorney

Before answering the question as to why choose a family law attorney vs. a general practice attorney it is important to understand the areas of law practiced by each. A Family Law Attorney practices in the areas of law dealing directly with issues involving families in civil court matters. These issues include child support and its arrears and post judgment modifications, dissolution of marriage (divorce), parental time sharing (child custody) and its relocation and post judgment modification, spousal support (alimony) and its post judgment modification, equitable distribution of marital and non marital property and liabilities, pre and postnuptial agreements, bankruptcy, and...

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Imputation of income

One of the most important and most difficult aspects of determining the final outcome of a dissolution of marriage (divorce) in the State of Florida is deciding on the income allotted to each spouse. This amount, will of course, determine how much spousal support (alimony) will be paid/received and, if minor children are involved, how much child support will be paid/received. Both parties are subject to the scrutiny of the legal guidelines for determining income found in Florida Family Law Statute 61.30 and include imputed income when either party is self-employed as well as imputed income when either party can...

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What is Voluntary Underemployment?

In plain English, voluntary underemployment is when an individual chooses to not work for pay or to work at a job that does not reflect that person’s skills, abilities, or education. But why would this make a difference in a Family Law case involving child support or alimony? As long as a person is managing on the income available to them, what difference does it make? In the state of Florida, for example, it does make a difference, which is spelled out in Florida Statute 61 covering dissolution of marriage (divorce), child support, and parental timesharing (custody). By looking at...

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Enforcing a Marital Settlement Agreement

A Marital Settlement Agreement, as defined by Nolos Plain English Law Dictionary is “The document that sets out the terms of a divorce settlement between two spouses. The marital settlement agreement (MSA) is usually incorporated into the final judgment so that it has the force of a court order.” Areas covered in a MSA include division of marital property both real and personal, marital debt, alimony (spousal support), parental timesharing, and child support. And, depending on an individual case, other concerns such as relocation parameters, attorney fees, and/or a monetary settlement other than alimony may be a part of the...

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