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June 2019 Archives

Florida mom reunited with son after long custody battle

After nearly ten months of separation, a Florida mom has finally been reunited with her four-year-old son, who the mother alleges was checked out from the daycare and taken to Lebanon by his father in direct violation of his court-ordered visitation rights. The father was granted weekend visitation by the court.

Man must split lottery winnings with ex-wife

During a divorce proceeding, dividing a couple's marital property can be a complex task, particularly if the couple has substantial assets. Deciding who gets what is usually done by first segregating marital property from separate property. However, some may wonder how lottery winnings would be divided in a divorce settlement?

Study finds disparity in child support rates among states

Ideally, the purpose of a child support plan is to make sure children are given financial support from both their parents. Child support payments are made to fulfill the needs of a child's care and upbringing. Each state has its own guidelines to help courts determine the suitable amount for child support. But, have you ever thought about how child support may differ from state to state?

Actor ordered to pay ex-wife $1.7 million for divorce settlement

There are many compulsive circumstances under which an agreed upon child support arrangement may need modification. Depending on the child's needs or change in financial situations owing to loss of a job, suffering a disease or serious injury or dip in household earning, the payer of child support has rights to appeal for modification.

Robert De Niro's estranged wife claims half of his $500M fortune

Two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro's divorce fight is becoming increasingly complicated as his estranged wife Grace Hightower wants half of his fortune, which she alleges is around $500 million. According to sources, the separated couple is battling over the wordings of a prenuptial agreement they signed when they married for the second time in 2004. The couple was first married in 1997 but split in 1999.

Parental timesharing plan law in Florida

According to the Florida Department of Revenue, the Title IV-D Standard Parenting Time Plan will now be amalgamated into administrative orders for paternity and child support. The primary consideration of the standard parenting plan is to foster regular contact between parents and their children and to develop a close and enduring relationship between them after a separation or divorce. The state presents the standard parenting time plan as a choice to parents and does not endorse any plan over another.

Baseball player receives modified child support payment

A question often raised by non-custodial parents is whether they can modify child support. As long as there is a significant change in circumstances, Florida law allows the payment amount to be modified any time. However, this does not happen automatically and the non-custodial parent will have to file a formal motion with details of specific circumstances underlying the request in the court seeking a review and revision of child support.

Single people need estate plans, too

Many single Florida residents wrongly conclude that since they have no dependents, they don't need to create a comprehensive estate plan. While it is true that the estate plan they need to create will be different from that of an individual who is married with children, the need still exists.