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    Alimony Income Used to Boost Mortgage Approval Chances?

    Alimony income can be used to boost mortgage approval chances since it is considered as income for banks. First let’s take a look at what alimony income would look like. In most states there are five types of post divorce alimony, that is money received following a divorce which one party receives from the other, usually in monthly payments. Lump sum alimony is an exception as it is one large payment following the final judgment and no more payments in the future. Permanent alimony is an adjudicated amount paid monthly for the life of the recipient unless the recipient remarries, has...

    The War on Women in America

    Here are 12 facts you may not know The war on women is real, or so it seems if one realizes some of the recent laws involving women’s rights. In addition, a look at the present political climate wanting to change or lessen the strength of laws regarding woman’s rights that exist in America today makes one feel there may truly be a “war on women”. While there have been great strides over the past 100 years in recognizing the value of women and allowing them many rights such as owning property while being married, voting, working outside the home, and...

    All About Relocation With a Minor Child – Part 3

    What you need to know about temporary relocation. This final blog in the series relating to relocation with a minor child in the state of Florida will explain important information regarding the reasons for and how to obtain the courts permission for temporary relocation. As explained in the first two blogs it is considered breaking the law if a parent or person having timesharing with or access to a minor child chooses to permanently relocate for more than 60 consecutive days and a distance of greater than 50 miles without first obtaining permission to relocate from the court in the form...

    All About Relocation With a Minor Child – Contested (Part 2)

    What to do when a petition to relocate is contested?  As detailed in Part 1 of All About Relocation With a Minor Child Uncontested, the state of Florida has mandated that no person who is part of a parenting plan (custody) or has timesharing with or access to a child (visitation) as determined in the final judgment of the parent’s dissolution of marriage (divorce) can relocate themselves, with or without the minor child, further than 50 miles from their legal primary residence at the date of final judgment for more that 60 consecutive days. And, there are just three ways a...

    All About Relocation With a Minor Child – Uncontested (Part 1)

    What steps to take when all parties agree uncontested, court ratified relocation  In Florida, where and with whom a child lives following a divorce or dissolution of marriage as it is now termed, is determined by a parenting timesharing plan which is drawn up by the parties involved, worked out at a mediation (required before a judge will hear a case), or determined by a judge in court. Unless very strict guidelines require sole parental responsibility, Joint responsibility, better known as shared parental responsibility for the child, require both physically and in decision making is how, since 2009, Florida has determined what is “best for the child”. One...

    Disestablishment of Paternity

    Disestablishment of paternity essentially means that a male who has been adjudicated to pay child support for a child thought to be fathered by him, has proof that he is, in fact, not the biological father of said child and desires the court to eliminate him (disestablish) as the father (paternity). Quite naturally the alleged father does not want to continue to pay child support for a child he did not father, but until the court disestablishes his paternity he must continue to pay. An experienced family law attorney such as Grant Gisondo, PA whose office is in West Palm...

    All About Prenuptial Agreements

    Can they be set aside? A prenuptial agreement, sometimes referred to as a premarital agreement, is a written contract between two persons planning to be married. It must be entered into voluntarily on the part of both parties, always in writing, signed by both parties, witnessed, and notarized. These conditions must be met if the prenuptial agreement is to be upheld in the courtroom. Additionally, a prenuptial agreement can be set aside if it can be proven either party has lied or failed to give full financial disclosure at the time of signing. If one of the parties does not understand...

    Is Paying Alimony Tax Deductible?

    Yes, paying alimony can be tax deductible. However, there are guidelines to be followed both by the person receiving and the person paying alimony. Here is what you need to know. Alimony, which can also be referred to as spousal maintenance or spousal support, occurs when, following a divorce or separation, one spouse is adjudicated to pay the other spouse a determined amount of money. The award of alimony can be temporary, just for the duration of divorce litigation, permanent, for the lifetime of the recipient unless the recipient remarries, or within a given time frame as determined in rehabilitative, durational,...

    Same Sex Marriages and Domestic Partnerships

    What you need to know about same sex marriages and domestic partnerships According to Wikipedia, the online dictionary, “A domestic partnership is an interpersonal relationship between two individuals who live together and share in common domestic life but are not married (to each other or to anyone else).” In the state of Florida there is no statewide recognition of domestic partnerships. However, nine counties do recognize domestic partnership and they are Palm Beach, Monroe, Broward, Miami-Dade, Pinellas, Orange, Leon, Sarasota, and Volusia. Legal issues surrounding these relationships including, but not limited to, separation involving distribution of assets, child support and parental timesharing...

    Custom Parenting Plan

    Why is a custom parenting plan, developed for a specific case, so important for the parents and child? In years past, actually prior to 2008, the Parent Timesharing guidelines were mandated in Florida Statutes to replace the terms “child custody” and “visitation”. Before the change, the where and with whom minor children were to reside and how much time each parent was to share with their child/ children was set up with one parent the primary parent. Even though the court did not intend for one parent to be superior to the other, it often turned out that the parent having...

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