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Grant J. Gisondo, P.A. – Family Law Attorney

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Thinking of Getting Married in The New Year? Prenuptial Agreements Are the Way to Go!

For many couples, especially older couples who have been married before and have experienced a difficult and heart-wrenching divorce, the idea of a prenuptial agreement makes a lot of sense. While prenuptial agreements may not seem particularly romantic, they are a very practical way of ensuring that should a happily ever after turn into a time to exit the marriage, certain assets and liabilities (debts) will remain with the party to whom they belong before marriage. Such assets as real property, a business, high-end equipment, collections such as stamps or pictures, valuable jewelry, a yacht, and a pet could be...

Understanding Florida Alimony

Alimony, or as it is often called, spousal support, is a monetary award given to one party in a divorce (dissolution of marriage). As each state has its own statutes spelling out exactly how to obtain a divorce in that state, alimony is one of the topics covered. Therefore it is important to check the statutes of the state where the couple resides to determine how alimony is handled in their state. For persons seeking a divorce in Florida, they can research Statute 61.08 to learn the details of alimony in Florida. Here follows a brief summary of the types...

Equitable Distribution of Marital and Non-Marital Assets in Florida

Division of assets in a divorce, or as it is now termed, a dissolution of marriage, is often considered, after the fate of minor children, the most difficult and heart-wrenching aspect of divorce. Material possessions, as well as property obtained after the marriage, referred to as marital assets, can hold a great deal of sentiment, as well as the feeling that hard-earned money went into obtaining the assets, and each party wants their fair share back. In Florida, the division of marital assets is done in an equitable, not equal, way. In other words, marital assets will be divided to...

How Long Does Spousal Support in Florida Last

Spousal support in Florida is a somewhat new term used in a divorce to take the place of the word alimony. For many years alimony was almost always awarded to a woman, but that has changed. With the rise of women in the workplace, sometimes earning more than their husbands, support after a divorce can, and often does, go to either the husband or the wife. For this reason, the term spousal support is used in place of alimony. In Florida, there are six types of spousal support, each with its time factor determining the length of the support. The six...

What to Do if Your Spouse Won’t Sign the Divorce Papers

Divorce, or as it is now usually termed, dissolution of marriage, is not something most people want to have happen to their happy ever after marriage. In fact, it sometimes happens one of the parties in the divorce does not want the divorce and refuses to cooperate or sign a marital agreement. Each state has statutes determining how divorces are granted and what happens if one party is unwilling to agree to any terms of the divorce. For the purpose of this blog, we will look at the state of Florida. Florida is a no-fault state when it comes to divorce....

What to Look for in a Family Law Attorney

Family law is civil, not criminal law. Just as the words “family law” suggest family law focuses on issues needing professional legal advice and representation relating to family concerns such as child support, parental timesharing, divorce, alimony, distribution of marital assets and liabilities, pre and post-marital agreements, bankruptcy, mediation, modifications of child court orders, and adoption. In other words, Family Law concerns legal matters that directly affect a family and its members where there are no criminal allegations. In most instances, even though a person can represent themselves on most legal family matters trying to be your own attorney is...

Florida – The No-Fault Divorce State

No-fault divorce is now a reality in all states except Illinois and South Dakota. For many years there needed to be a reason, such as adultery or extreme cruelty, for a couple to divorce. Not anymore. If you want a divorce and follow the proper state guidelines to obtain a divorce, you can, without the other person’s consent, obtain one.  For a detailed description of what a no-fault divorce means, the following quote is from the online Legal Dictionary | Law.com: “(dissolution) in which neither spouse is required to prove “fault” or marital misconduct on the part of the other. To...

How Grey Divorce Differs from a Typical Divorce

Grey divorce, what is it? The term grey divorce emerged several years ago when research began to show that while the divorce rate in the United States was finally beginning to move below 50 percent, what was slowing this drop was the significant increase in divorces among those with grey hair, that is generally the over 65 years of age group. At present, statistics show couples divorcing after the age of 50 are responsible for one-quarter of divorces overall, and many of these couples are over the age of 65. What does research show are the main reasons for this...

Sunset Clause – Should You Add One to Your Prenuptial Agreement?

Sunset clause, what is it, and why would a couple put one in their prenuptial agreement? Before answering that question, it is important to examine what a prenuptial agreement is, as this will help explain the possible need for a sunset clause. Prenuptial agreement: sometimes, before a marriage takes place, the couple will have concerns about such issues as a business, minor children from a former relationship, large debts belonging to one party, real estate property belonging to one party, alimony (should it be needed), certain special personal belongings like a family heirloom, and valuable collections and jewelry. Each party wants...

Who Pays the Attorney Fees in Child Custody Cases

Child custody in Florida is mainly concerned with the concept of parental timesharing, which includes the equal care and nurturing of children (a minor child is from birth to l8 years of age unless the child is unable to support and care for themselves due to physical and mental reasons). Included in the care and nurturing are terms of overnights, sharing responsibility for educational, spiritual, medical, and discipline concerns, and for following the parenting plan created for their minor child. The term custody is used when one or both parents cannot parent appropriately, including being in jail, having a drug...

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