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

    Child Support

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    Using Social Media Evidence at Trial

    In the last 10 years the use of social media by persons worldwide has exploded to the point where “There’s a whole generation of people for whom tweeting is as natural as breathing, for whom the word ‘friend’ has become a verb, and for whom Web 2.0 is the only media platform they know” (writes authors Marisa A. Tradatti and Anna C. Horevay). Facebook now has over 1 billion users, which equates to over one seventh of the world’s population. Additionally, emails, blog posts and comments, texts, flicks, instant messenger, Craigslist, Tumbler, Snapchat, Pinterest, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram, and Linkedln...

    What Exactly Is The Best Interest of The Child Standard Defined and Meaning

    For much of history, and indeed until the last forty or so years, the fate of a minor child, 18 being the age of emancipation, was totally in the hands of the parents or legal guardian. Minor children were “seen but not heard” and even in a courtroom setting decisions were made for them as to what was most convenient and in the best interests of the caregiving adults. Not so anymore. In fact, in many states, Florida being one of these, the standard for legal decisions involving minor children is “The Best Interest of the Child”. How is this...

    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...

    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...

    All About a Self Employed Spouse and How to Impute Income

    In almost all instances, when a couple is going through a disillusion of marriage (divorce) probably the most contested and important item is the financial outcomes which will largely determine the future of each spouse. While it is true parental timesharing (custody), when there are minor children involved, probably ranks the highest concern, without adequate financial considerations both in child support and alimony, the ability to care adequately for a minor child can be severely hampered. Income and expenses of both parties are considered when determining how monies should be adjudicated. And, while this sounds simple to do, in reality...

    What is a Forensic Accountant’s Role in a Divorce?

    Most frequently a forensic accountant’s role in a divorce (now termed dissolution of marriage) is in the courtroom as an expert witness. As an expert witness the forensic account is allowed to testify in his/her area of expertise even though never having, been witness to any occurrence relating to the lawsuit. The areas of expertise of a forensic accountant include accounting, auditing, and investigative skills involving monetary considerations and concerns. And, when it comes to a divorce, there are a number of monetary considerations and concerns where the expertise of a forensic account can often prove or disprove an issue...

    Retroactive Child Support

    As each state has their own set of Family Law guidelines (statutes), for the purposes of this blog, guidelines for the state of Florida Child Support Laws, which include retroactive situations, will be used. In Florida Family law, the term “in the best interest of the child” is used frequently and in a sense becomes the goal or mission of the Florida Courts. It is important to note that child support in Florida is a legal requirement for all parents, living or not living together, married, divorced, or never married. When a child is born, unless custody is signed over...

    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...

    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...

    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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