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Other consequences of domestic violence convictions

A previous post on this blog talked about how criminal charges related to domestic violence can hurt a parent's chances of getting child custody or even quality parenting time with respect to their children. This is true even if a person's actions were a one-time mistake and did not even directly involve kids.

This post mentioned that there other consequences to domestic violence convictions, even misdemeanor convictions, that can make this type of a criminal charge a far-reaching affair that can end with some very harsh results, results well beyond the jail time, probation and fines that come with being accused of any crime.

Figuring child support requires more than a calculator

Like other states, Florida has Child Support Guidelines that apply across the board. The good news is that this makes child supports fairly predictable and, more importantly, relatively uniform across the state.

However, if there is any downside to them, it is that they can lead to what one might call one-size-fits-all thinking. Practically speaking, an Orlando parent might crunch a few numbers in to an online tool designed to figure child support and then figure that she will have to live the result, even if he or she knows full well that the payment recommended would be unaffordable.

Tips for negotiating alimony with a spouse

Couples divorcing in 2019 need to be aware of new laws that impact the proceedings. For example, a new law has come into effect where alimony is no longer tax-deductible when you file taxes at the end of the year. 

No matter what year it is, you need to approach the topic of alimony carefully. If you are the higher-earning spouse, then you can expect to pay your partner something, especially if you have any children together. You naturally want a fair settlement, which requires you to sit down with your ex and go over some critical details so everyone receives a fair outcome. 

How does one put a value on a family business?

Many people own small businesses and use the income from them to supplement what they make at their full time jobs. In many cases, Orlando residents may even rely on the revenue from their business as their primary source of income.

Oftentimes, these businesses are truly a family affair, as they involve both spouses putting in their time and effort to making the business work and, thus, earning a livelihood.

Florida authorities raid motel room, make arrests

Police arrested three people in a Florida motel room not too far from Orlando. Two men and a woman are facing multiple drug charges, the most serious of which include trafficking in methamphetamine. A conviction on these charges will likely be a felony on their records and could mean a lengthy stay in prison. Fines, probation and other penalties are also possible.

Police raided the trio's motel room and say they located an active meth lab in the motel. While police indicated that they conducted the raid, and, ultimately, made arrests in connection with a search warrant, there was no indication as to what inspired the police to get a search warrant in the first place.

How do holiday visitation rights work in Florida?

With the holiday season in full swing, many parents in the Orlando area may either have questions about their own, or the other parent's visitation rights over the holidays or may have realized in the past few weeks that there are some issues in this respect that need to be addressed.

The important thing to remember is that under Florida law, the ideal is for parents to communicate with each other and come to a parenting plan that is tailored to their individual circumstances. Such a plan would include provisions which thoroughly and clearly provide for how holiday parenting time is supposed to work.

When can I get my child support modified?

The good news, or bad news depending on how one looks at, is that child support orders in Florida are not permanent to same degree that other family law issues are once they get settled.

Perhaps because lawmakers realized that the economic circumstances of parents, and the needs of their children, can and often do change over time, they wrote in to Florida's Child Support Guidelines provisions through which an Orlando parent can ask for modification of their child support order.

Ways you can fight back against drug charges

If the police arrested you on drug charges, you do not have to automatically accept the charges against you. There are a wide variety of factors and circumstances that come into play in every drug crime arrest.

Rather than resigning yourself to the inevitability of a conviction on drug charges, you should take proactive steps to build a strategic defense. There are many different legal options available to you in order to defend yourself against the charges against you.

Police claim to have disrupted two heroin rings in area

Authorities in Seminole County, Florida, which is part of the greater Orlando area, detained just under 20 people on a variety of felony drug charges in connection with what they were describing as two independent heroin distribution rings.

The alleged drug crimes relate to the trafficking of heroin that also contained fentanyl, a narcotic that is used as a supplemental painkiller. Police described the two rings as fairly sophisticated operations, such that they even were distributing schedules for when members of the ring were expected to sell or do work. Police also said that one suspect carried a medical antidote on him in case of an overdose, perhaps in an effort to avoid the attention of medical professionals.

What if my child's other parent could be making more?

A previous post on this blog talked about how it can be important, and difficult, to figure out exactly how much income an Orlando, Florida parent is making. As this post explained, for whatever reason, some parents may even try to mask some of their income so that they do not have to pay as much in child support.

On a related point, there are times in which one parent, such as the mother, will find herself in the frustrating situation of having the father claim that he is not making any income or is only making a very little bit.

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