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How to Prepare Financially For a Divorce

Whether your marriage has finally wound down to where both parties realize a divorce is what they both deem necessary or whether your spouse suddenly tells you there is to be a divorce, it is vitally important you begin to think about and plan for the inevitable financial changes the future may bring. Emotions will no doubt be running high, especially if you have not suspected divorce was coming, but to salvage as much as possible for your post divorce life you must immediately begin to plan for the divorce. And, finances will play a huge role in how you...

Why You Need An Attorney… Even If Your Case Is Uncontested or Simple

In today’s world of seemingly complicated legal maneuvers, it hardly seems possible that a case could be considered simple.Or commonly called, uncontested, when both parties agree completely on all issues to be resolved and adjudicated by the court, but hardly simple. The very definition of “simple” states “simple refers to something that’s easy and uncomplicated, without too many steps.” speaks to a modern day court system which can hardly be found to be “simple”. While it is true some cases are very forthright with all necessary proceedings, paperwork, and desired outcomes neatly tied together; there are still numerous steps to...

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...

Hearsay . . .

The most misunderstood objection there is Hearsay, a word that most people hear in movies, and on television, such as judge shows, as well as in many crime or mystery novels where courtroom drama is part of the plot. But what exactly is “hearsay” and just how is it explained and used, or in many cases, not used. The definition of “hearsay” as found in the online legal dictionary, states, “A statement made out of court that is offered in court as evidence to prove the truth of the matter asserted”. These statements can have been made verbally, in writing, or by...

The Importance of The Family Law Attorney as an Advocate, Counselor, and Advisor

To be able to look at how a Family Law Attorney can be an advocate, counselor, and advisor, it is necessary to determine what areas of law said Family Law Attorney will practice. For the purpose of this blog, a Family Law Attorney with over 10 years experience, Grant Gisondo, will be used as an example. Attorney Gisondo has his practice in West Palm Beach, Florida and serves Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Miami-Dade, Broward, Hillsborough, and Orange counties. He is also licensed in Washington DC and New York. Looking at his areas of practice which include: Divorce or Dissolution of Marriage Child Custody ...


What it means, what it’s for, and how it can protect your family. What it means: The letters UCCJEA stand for Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. In 1997, due to frequent misuse of parents trying to avoid custody determinations by moving from state to state or even leaving the country, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws put together the UCCJEA to help prevent parents from using unlawful conduct in child custody disputes. The UCCJEA sets forth a set of rules and procedures for interstate and international custody battles. Each state has a section of their state...

Temporary Relief

Understanding what it is all about. First, lets take a look at just what temporary relief means in reference to legal matters in Florida Family Law. As the words imply, temporary means an indefinite period of time and relief means to give help to improve a situation. In legal matters the terms indicate that the judge can order relief, often financial, for a proven need for the duration of the litigation starting from the date of the relief hearing and lasting until there is a final judgment order. There are a number of reasons a party might need temporary relief during...

All About Attorney Fees

How to get your spouse to pay them Even when you think you should qualify for help paying your attorney fees and you follow the Florida statutes’ guidelines, which allow for payment of reasonable attorney’s fees from one party to the other party, there is no guarantee that the court will agree. It is interesting to note, however, that in Florida the courts are concerned that each party be represented by legal counsel and one party who is much better able to pay attorney fees than the other party should not be able to take advantage of the other party by...

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...

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...

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