Stuart N. House, P.A.

Billionaire Ken Griffin’s estranged wife seeks sole child custody

Thursday, September 11, 2014

On behalf of Stuart N. House, P.A. posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

While some people in Florida may look at the lifestyles of the rich and the famous and be in awe, wealthy and famous people go through many of the same experiences as those who are less affluent. For example, one billionaire couple, Ken Griffin and his estranged wife Anne Dias Griffin, recently filed for a divorce and seem to be disagreeing on the best options for their children regarding child custody. Dias Griffin recently filed papers requesting sole custody of the couple's three young children.

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While the couple married in 2003, Dias Griffin claims her estranged husband moved out of the house in Feb. 2012 while she was pregnant with their third child. In court papers, she asserts that Griffin has not lived in the same house as the children since that time, excluding a three-week period after the youngest child was born. In her request for sole custody with visitation for Griffin, Dias Griffin claims that Griffin has previously shown little interest in the care of his children.

Sources close to Griffin dispute these claims, alleging that Dias Griffin is only using the children as pawns in their divorce battle. According to sources, Griffin has a close relationship with the children and plays a role in their lives. In his original divorce filing, he requested joint custody. He has also requested that the court create a parenting schedule.

In all child custody cases, the most important thing a court must consider is the best interest of the children. Many people in Florida who have found themselves in a similar situation have sought guidance from those with experience in handling child custody proceedings. With this guidance, many parents have been able to be a strong advocate for their children.

Florida grandparent custody laws are in favor of parents

Thursday, September 11, 2014

On behalf of Stuart N. House, P.A. posted in Grandparents' Rights on Friday, August 29, 2014.

There are many grandparents in Florida who simply delight in their grandchildren. They dream of the places they can experience together as well as the different activities they can complete. However, even though Florida is often considered the land of retirees (and possibly grandparents by extension), the state has strict laws regarding grandparent visitation and custody.

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In 1980, the state passed an amendment that deals with privacy, essentially stating that a person has a right to be free from government interference. This amendment, combined with case law, has shaped the Florida court's mindset. Generally speaking, Florida courts only allow grandparent visitation in cases where it would be considered harmful to the child if visitation or custody is denied.

Currently, a grandparent can sue for custody only under certain conditions such as the divorce of the child’s parents, when a child’s parents are not married at the time of birth or if a child has been abandoned by a parent. Within these circumstances, there are several different factors to consider. These factors include a child's preference and the state of the child-grandchild relationship among others.

Those who are familiar with grandparents' rights in Florida suggest that people who feel they meet one or more of these conditions seek guidance from someone who has experience with state law and similar cases. Many times, such a person can help determine if a person has a legitimate chance of obtaining custody. Additionally, this person can help a grandparent determine what is in the best interest of a child and, potentially, help preserve a relationship.

Man arrested at country club accused of owing child support

Thursday, September 11, 2014

On behalf of Stuart N. House, P.A. posted in Child Custody & Support on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

There are many parents in Florida who would sacrifice everything for their children. In fact, the media recently covered a story about a man who chose to live in a car so he could make child support payments for his daughter. There are times when people experience a drastic change in circumstances that prevents or inhibits their ability to make such payments despite their willingness to sacrifice. On the other hand, officials have accused one out-of-state man of racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in missed payments even though he was living a life of luxury.

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The 48-year-old man has allegedly failed to make child support payments since 1996. As a result, officials claim that he owes approximately $250,000 in past payments. He was recently arrested and has been charged with felony failure to pay child support.

The man was allegedly taken into custody after arriving at his country club in his luxury vehicle in California. He has apparently seen some success as an Internet and DVD fitness guru. Police claim that he was relatively easy to find due to his Internet presence. If convicted of the 10 charges against him, he could spend up to 15 years in prison.

In Florida child support cases, some people get distracted by peripheral issues, such as disagreements between two parents. Instead, the focus should be the best interest of the child. While it is understandable that someone may go through hardships that make it difficult to make child support payments, it is important to discuss these issues with the family court. Failure to do so could result in wage garnishment and imprisonment among other possible consequences.

Child support increased for son of Rapper, Future

Thursday, September 11, 2014

On behalf of Stuart N. House, P.A. posted in Child Custody & Support on Thursday, August 14, 2014.

There is a certain perception of what the life of a rapper might be like. Some people in Florida might believe that a successful rapper has all the money in the world, with a large house and fancy cars to go with it. However, rappers, such as Future, are not immune to legal problems, including child support issues. Future, who has four children by four different women, has been accused of hiding his true income from the court.

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The rapper and the mother of one of his children previously came to an agreement that he would pay $1,662 a month to support his child. This amount was determined based on his assertion that he made approximately $16,500 a month. However, the woman has filed new papers claiming that he was less than honest with the court.

In fact, she claims that he makes approximately $50,000 a month. As a result of the recent court activity, Future will now have to pay $2,800 each month, in addition to almost $4,000 in back payments. The new child support amount will now be garnished from his paycheck. He is reportedly still trying to come to agreements regarding support for two of his other children and their mothers.

This case shows Florida parents that anyone can experience difficulties regarding child support. However, being open and honest with the family court can help those who may legitimately be struggling with such payments. For those who may choose not to make payments, there could be serious ramifications, such as wage garnishment and even the loss of licenses. Most importantly, a parent’s relationship with his or her child could deteriorate in certain circumstances.