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Daubert is Dead (Supreme Court Ruling for Qualification of Expert Witnesses)

To begin with, what or who is Daubert? And what is an expert witness and why should he or she need to be qualified? As Daubert deals directly with the qualification of an expert witness asked to give testimony, this blog will start with a legal definition of “expert witness.” According to Legal Dictionary|Law.com, an “expert witness is a person who is a specialist in a subject, often technical, who may present his\her expert opinion without having been a witness to any occurrence relating to the lawsuit or criminal case.” In Family Law, an expert witness could include someone such as...

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What Delays Cases?

Everyone wants their court case to be finished with the judge’s ruling finalized as soon as possible. Quickly is unheard of in the legal world but in many instances there are causes for delays which of course add time to arriving at the final judgment. Here are some of the most frequent reasons for a delay: In most jurisdictions courts are backed up with cases, sometimes for many months. Depending on the type of case and the length of time required to hear the case, to be placed on the docket or schedule can take weeks to months. And, once...

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How Long Does a Divorce Take?

There is no definitive answer to“How long does a divorce take.”A number of factors enter into the amount of time it takes to process a divorce. These factors include: Will the divorce be contested or non-contested? If both parties agree on all issues including alimony and marital asset and debt division (Florida is an equitable distribution state, not equal distribution so decisions must be made to determine who gets or pays what and how much.) the time required for a final action is considerably shorter than if there is disagreement. A full financial disclosure from both parties is necessary in...

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Can Text Messages Be Used as Evidence (Yes As An Admission Of A Party)

With the ever-increasing use of texting as a way to communicate ideas, information, requests, and just about any other form of verbal sharing between two or more persons, it is becoming more and more useful as a tool for evidence in court. Texting can be saved with the date and time of production which makes it easy to verify when it comes to needing accurate proof at mediation or in a courtroom.There are, however, some very legitimate concerns regarding the inclusion of text messages as evidence. As in most legal matters, each state has its own set of rules and...

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Be Careful What You Post on Social Media

Social media is fast becoming the way to communicate information ideas, and often pictures to further evidence the written word. Authors Marisa A. Tradatti and Anna C. Hore vary write “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”. Facebook alone has over 1 billion users, approximately one-seventh of the world’s population, with other social media such as Instant Message, Twitter, YouTube, Linkedin, and just plain texting and e-mails adding countless more users to...

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Is Being Separated a Requirement for a Divorce in Florida?

No, being separated is not a requirement for a divorce in the state of Florida. In fact, in Florida, as in five other states, Texas, Mississippi, Deleware, Pennsylvania, and Georgia,legal separation is not recognized.A couple can choose to live apart, in other words, “separate” but the Florida courts do not have a way to make this legal. However, particularly if minor children (children under 18 years of age or special needs adults) are involved the courts, usually with the help of mediation, can adjudicate issues including child support, child custody, visitation, and division of property. When determining child support payments,...

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When to Switch to a New Attorney

You have done your research, met with some attorneys specializing in handling situations involving your concerns, chosen the attorney you felt the most comfortable with and had confidence in, and your particular case is well on its way to being decided. Without intending there to be problems with your attorney, several issues have surfaced and it may be time to switch to a new attorney.  Changing attorneys during a case can and does happen. Here are some of the reasons why: Lack of prompt and meaningful communication is probably the most frequent cause for concern. Of course, attorneys are busy...

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How a Parenting Coordinator Can Help

In states like Florida, unless there are special circumstances, there is no longer a primary custody parent for minor children between ages new-born to 18years but rather a sharing of parental responsibility. This is termed “parental time-sharing.”Basically,this means parents will share equally the care and nurturing of any minor children born or adopted to them as a couple. (The parents do not have to be or have been married.)Additionally, as part of the parenting plan required by the court, all major decision making must be shared in the areas of education, medial, discipline, and religion. While all the above plans for...

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Moral Fitness As a Parent As Defined in 61.13

Florida Family Law is Concerned With the Moral Fitness of a Minor Child’s Parents One could ask what business does the law have in determining what goes on in the private lives of a minor child’s parents. Florida Family Law says there are many areas of a parent’s private life that will directly affect the care and nurturing of children and thus influence the healthy development of a child both physically and mentally. Thus the law does have a right to be concerned with moral fitness of a child’s parents. Moral fitness as described in Florida Statute 61.13 covers several area of...

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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...

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