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Modification of a Final Judgment as Related to Child Support

First, let’s a look at the terms final judgment and child support: Final Judgment: This is the finished document signed by the presiding judge overseeing a couple’s dissolution of marriage. It will contain the ways in which each spouse will govern their obligations to each other and to their children (if there are any). Each case is different and there are a myriad of items, which may be part of the final document, the issue of child support being one of them. This document can also be used to stipulate child support requirements for non-married couples whose union has produced children...

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Modifying a Final Judgment as Related to Time-Sharing

Before looking at the actual modification process it is important to understand the terms Final Judgment and Time-Sharing. Final Judgment refers to the finished document signed by the judge overseeing the couples divorce or as it is now called, dissolution of marriage. It can also be the final document for separating, non-married parents seeking to have a court order defining the time-sharing of children resulting from their union. It will spell out exactly how much time each parent should have with their child/children and when this time should occur. Time-Sharing, formally called child custody, determines how much time and when each parent...

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What Happens to Retirement Assets in a Divorce Settlement?

We so often think of divorce, or dissolution of marriage as it is now termed, as usually happening to couples in their twenties and thirties. So why, then, would there be much concern with retirement assets as there would likely be little to consider unless the couple was wealthy? In truth, however, a phenomenon termed Gray Divorce, that is divorce involving couples over the age of 50, is occurring in the US at an alarming rate. According to sociologists at Bowling Green, Ohio, State University who did an in depth study of Gray Divorce, the rates for older couples divorcing...

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Considering a Divorce in Florida, What Can You Do?

Here’s where you can start and what comes next. First and foremost you and your spouse need to try all avenues, including counseling, to try to reconcile and keep your marriage intact. However, when you have definitely decided to seek a dissolution of marriage (this is the legal term now used for the word “divorce”), what comes next? This blog will focus on Florida, remembering each state has different guidelines and laws regarding divorce. In Florida it is possible to go to the courthouse and pay for, fill out, and file your own paperwork to begin the legal process for dissolution of...

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All About Child Support Calculations

Divorce or the severing of a relationship where a child or children have resulted, is rarely easy or without dissension. One of the most frequently asked questions is how much child support monies will be awarded. This is a concern from both the standpoint of how much money one parent (this can be either the mother or the father and is usually the custodial parent) will receive and how much money the other parent (usually the non-custodial parent) will need to pay. In the state of Florida child support amounts are usually determined by factoring how many children are involved, how...

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Family Law, What Does This Mean?

For the average person, when the need for an attorney arises they aren’t sure where to start looking. Even looking in the yellow pages of the phone directory is confusing as there in not just a long list of lawyers to choose from but many different kinds of law practices represented. As you are reading this on the website of Family Law Attorney Grant Gisondo, PA you are likely interested in understanding just what a Family Law practice encompasses. To put it simply, Family Law covers all areas of legal assistance needed to help persons with legal matters pertaining to family...

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Child Support: What really matters?

Parents are legally duty-bound to provide support for their children and it is considered the right of the child to be fed, clothed, and safely cared for in a nurturing environment. While this supportive care is not always a reality, when there is a divorce or dispute with children involved, the rationale of child support is to make sure that at least the children’s basic needs like clothing, shelter and food are met. Environmental issues are also considered but under a different heading than child support. Medical care and health insurance are also in a category of their own. Every state...

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All About Alimony

Alimony is financial support provided by one spouse to the other as legal obligation during the process of divorce or for a certain period of time following a final divorce. Courts in general require the spouse who earns more to help support the spouse who earns minimally. There are different types of alimony and each serves a distinct purpose and has different requirements. Permanent Alimony Permanent alimony is to help a spouse with low income or with no income at all. This type of alimony is likely to be granted following a long-term marriage, typically a marriage spanning more than 17 years....

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Classification of Marital Assets. Why It’s so Important?

When married couples acquire a property or properties during the course of their marriage, irrespective of who owns it, it is generally known as marital assets. Most common examples include cash, house or estate, stocks, insurance, and pension. In contrast, those things that are not considered as marital assets are those that are acquired before marriage such as assets acquired as a gift, assets given by inheritance, assets that are traceable to other distinct property, like for instance cash received from a sale of a home acquired before marriage, and assets that are agreed upon before marriage, in writing, by...

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