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

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    Florida Bars Board Certification Part 2

    How does the Board Certification of a lawyer help the client? As mentioned in part one of the blog Florida's Bar Board Certification, in l982, a voluntary program to help the public select lawyers distinguished in their special area of law was organized to be officiated by the Florida Supreme Court and administered by the Florida Bar. The certification has become the gold standard for lawyers. It gives prospective clients the assurance a board-certified lawyer has gained expertise in their chosen area of law and a high-performance rating in ethical practice and professionalism. All this sounds impressive, but how does board...

    Florida Bars Board Certification Part 1

    Description of the program and what it means to be Board Certified. For many years there was no way for the public to select lawyers distinguished in their particular area of law. Then, in l982, a voluntary program officiated by the Florida Supreme Court and administered by The Florida Bar was created called Board Certification. A lawyer must be in active practice for at least five years, be in good standing of the Florida Bar, and meet the standards subscribed by the Florida Supreme Court before he or she can begin the process of becoming board-certified in their area of practice....

    Florida is an Equitable Distribution State. What Does That Mean?

    One of the most difficult issues to mediate or for a judge to rule on is the division of assets and liabilities. In other words, how will marital monies, properties, businesses, and debts be divided between the two spouses? In some states, Oregon, Nevada, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Louisianna, all assets and liabilities coming under the heading of “marital” that are obtained since the marriage will be divided evenly or, as often termed, equally. These states are sometimes referred to as common property states. All the rest of the states (except Alaska, where a couple can...

    Mediation can be a Win, Win for Both Parties

    In many states, including Florida, mediation is required for most cases before the case can be scheduled for a court date. This is done for a variety of reasons which, in the end, if mediation is successful, can be a win, win for both parties. Mediation is where both parties and their attorneys try to agree on the outcome of the case in question. A trained mediator, often an attorney, will keep the conversations on track and remind the parties how important it is to seriously consider compromise in order to resolve the issues. Taking a look, for example, at...

    How Does Successful Mediation Cut Costs and Give You Control of Your Divorce?

    The definition of mediation is a process in which a mediator, that is a trained, neutral third person, works with a couple and their attorneys to create a mutually acceptable agreement termed a marital settlement through a process of cooperation and negotiation. Saving money and keeping control are two aspects of a divorce case that most couples would like to take advantage of. Today’s high costs for a good attorney and the uncertainty of how a judge will rule on such issues as alimony, distribution of marital assets and liabilities, and the future care and support of minor children are a...

    Can We Settle the Case Without Attending Mediation?

    For a direct answer to the question, “Can we settle the case without attending mediation?” the answer is “yes.” Mediation, according to The Free Dictionary by Farlex, is “a settlement of a dispute or controversy by setting up an independent person between two contending parties in order to aid them in the settlement of their disagreements” For example, mediation is used in Family Law for such cases as dissolution of marriage (divorce), child support, parental timesharing, parenting plan, and modification of alimony, child support, and parental timesharing and parenting plan. In fact, in some states such as Florida, mediation is...

    Must We Attend Mediation?

    Must we attend mediation? If you live in the state of Florida and plan to divorce (dissolution of marriage), have a minor child (child under the age of l8 or a child who is unable to provide and care for him or herself) and are looking to set child support and or timesharing including developing a parenting plan, or are needing to return to court for modification of alimony, child support, or timesharing and the parenting plan, you will need to attend mediation before setting a court date. This is true in almost every Florida jurisdiction. Why does Florida lean so...

    Part 3 – How the Mediation Program of the 19th Judicial Court in Florida Works

    As was pointed out in the first and second part of this series, mediation is used frequently in Florida to try to resolve Family Court matters including dissolution of marriage, (divorce), child support and shared parenting, including developing a parenting plan, (child custody) and post judgment modification for alimony, child support and parenting plans. There are, as noted, many advantages to successfully arriving at a signed settlement, benefiting the court, the couple, and the children. But what should a person who is ordered to attend mediation expect?  In Florida’s l9th Judicial Circuit, here is how it works. When you receive...

    Part 2 – What Reasons make Mediation such a good idea for Family Legal Actions involving both Adults and Minor Children?

    As pointed out in part 1 of this series, most jurisdictions in Florida require a mediation before a court date can be set for a dissolution of marriage (divorce), setting of child support and developing a parenting plan for parental timesharing for unmarried parents, and for post-judgment modification of alimony, child support, and parenting plans. While at first, this may seem unnecessary there are many good reasons Florida has found mediation an excellent precursor and even an alternative to a day in court.  For, if a couple can work out their differences themselves and come to an agreement in a...

    Mediation in Florida, a 3 part series

    Part 1 - What is mediation and what part does the mediator play Mediation, according to the Legal Dictionary law.com, is “the attempt to settle a legal dispute through active participation of a third party (mediator) who works to find points of agreement and make those in conflict agree on a fair result….However, mediation does not always result in a settlement.” As this implies, a mediator is a person trained in conflict management and someone who helps others reach a settlement regarding their opposing opinions. In Florida, most jurisdictions require a mediation prior to setting a court date for a dissolution...

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