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Child Support and How It is Calculated

     Many parents who are required to pay child support either because of a paternity action or because of a divorce, do not fully understand how child support is calculated.  Florida Statutes Section 61.30 provides the formula the courts use to calculate child support.  The following steps are used to determine child support: Determine Gross Monthly Income. … Read More »

The Responsibilities of Trustees and Personal Representatives

     Whether one is appointed Trustee over a Trust or a Personal Representative (“PR”) over an Estate, that individual holds great power.  What some people forget quite often, sometimes to their own detriment, are the corresponding responsibilities that accompany that power.  When the Trustee/PR neglects those responsibilities, the Court may order the fees already paid… Read More »

What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

A guardian ad litem (“GAL”) is appointed by the court in a dissolution of marriage or for the creation, approval, or modification of a parenting plan when the court believes that it would be in the best interest of the child or children to have someone act on behalf of the child or children.  The GAL is… Read More »

Name of Child-Choosing and Changing

Choosing the last name of a child is easy when the parents are married to each other.  Most commonly, the child is given the last name of the father, but an alternative is to have a hyphenated last name with the mother and father’s last names.  The issue of choosing the last name of the… Read More »

What is a Guardian Advocate?

Guardians and Guardian Advocates are both given their powers through the probate court.  A Guardian Advocate is a special type of guardian for persons with a developmental disability.  Specifically, the developmental disabilities that qualify for a Guardian Advocate are defined in Section 393.063 Florida Statutes are as follows: retardation, cerebal palsy, autism, spina bifida, or Prader-Willi… Read More »

Parental Relocation With a Child

Pursuant to Section 61.13001 Florida Statutes,  if you want to relocate at least 50 miles for more than 60 consecutive days, you must either obtain written permission of the other parent or obtain the Court’s permission.  The factors the Court will examine when making its determination are as follows: (a) The nature, quality, extent of involvement,… Read More »

Judge Judy Most Trusted Judge in U.S.

Judge Judy is trusted more, according to this poll, than any other judge in the U.S.  This includes our Supreme Court Justices.  To read more see below: http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/justice_ginsburg_is_close_behind_judge_judy_on_most_trusted_list/?utm_source=maestro&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly_email

Governon Rick Scott Vetoes Alimony Bill

Gov. Rick Scott vetoed SB 718 May 1 because he could not support legislation that “applies retroactively and thus tampers with settled economic expectations of many Floridians who have experienced divorce.”  Read more at: http://www.floridabar.org/DIVCOM/JN/JNNews01.nsf/Articles/8D231737258EC2ED85257B5500448DE4

What are Some Options for Forming a Business Entity?

Starting a business generally requires business formation. Evaluating business entities and choosing the one that offers the most advantages require both business and legal knowledge. Florida business law attorneys can help you choose wisely and start your business off on the right step. Depending on the nature of your business, you may be wrestling with… Read More »

What Problems Might Your Family Face When You Have No Estate Planning?

Families whose loved one had no estate planning often face certain hardships. Flagler County probate lawyers can help you deal with estate planning beforehand and relieve your family of an unexpected burden. A study conducted by Harris Interactive® for Martindale Hubbell in 2007 discovered that 55 percent of adult Americans do not have a will…. Read More »

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