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Lloyd David Godson

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  • Parenting plan

    My divorce is pending and my husband and I signed parenting plan. He didn't see our two kids (age under 2) for couple of months and on first visit he bring a lady with him that neither my kids or I know. Same happened week after. He says it's a...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    You specifically indicate the divorce is still pending. THe parenting plan is, therefore, a temporary order. Courts do not like third party involvement during the divorce process. You have the right to ask the Court to stop this activity during the pendency of this divorce. After the divorce is done, court s will not third parties unless they are a danger to the children. Tallk to a qualified experienced attorney.

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  • How can I file for divorce from my wife in the United States while I live in Jamaica? Is it costly?

    My wife whom is a U.S. citizen committed adultery and I am currently living in Jamaica. We have not yet started filing for the I-130 with Immigration but we have been married for 10 months. How can I file for a divorce or can she file the divorce...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    You have several complicated issues you are dealing with. If ou are just seeking a divorce and are a resident of Jamaica, you can probably file for divorcein Jamaica. If you are concernd about the immigration issue, you need to discuss this with a qualified immigration attorney.

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  • Do I have to allow phone contact with mother and child?

    I have had custody of my daughter for a little over a year now. Within that time she has had weekly phone calls to her mother once a week, and she used to see her mother twice a month supervised, but that order was changed in 9/2014 to one supervi...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    The Court order is enforceable as long as it exists. The short answer is that you have to allowit until the order is changed. You fail to state how long you have lived with your daughter in Vermont. After six months the jurisdiction over your daughter changes to Vermont. Check with a Vermont attorney of you can pinpoint why this call is not in you daughters best interest. You may need to bring your daughter to therapy to get this answer before you go to Court.

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  • Can a mother refuse to follow a court order stating the kids activities come first before time with dad and his weekends

    my husband has orders of visitation for every other Friday she is to have them here at 6 & we take them home on Sundays for 3 but now as the kids are getting older she states that the childrens activities which on Fridays don't get finished until...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    The Court will not put activities in front of parenting time. However, your Husband needs to be sensitive to the kids interests. If he can help them participate in activities important to them during his time, he should. Hat doesn't mean all the time, it means some of the time. It is obvious that Mother and Father are still fighting even though they are divorced. The only casualty in this fight is the kids. New Husbands, Wifes, boyfriends, and girlfriends can add to the problem. I encourage you to be part of the solution.

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  • Custody of child

    My wife after a year of marriage doesn't want to be married anymore and is looking to separate possibly divorce. She has sought out therapy for many years even prior to us meeting for her past history, which makes her insecure and unstable. We bo...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    There are many facts that need to be discussed before your question can be answered. First and foremost is what is best for your son. It is easy to believe that you are the most stable parent and that she should be excluded, and that may be true, but it is an issue to be presented to the Court if necessary. The reining principal in the Commonwealth is that children should be raised by both parents. 99% of the time children should be raised by both parents. Also consider the costs of a custody battle both financuially and emotionally. There are many steps to child custody. The first is to realize that your child needs both of his parents. After that realization proper steps can be taken to ensure the well-being of your son. Contact an experienced divorce attorney who can guide you through this process.

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  • My friends ex wife is Canadian and is seeking child support from her ex husband who lives in MA. Is he obligated to pay?

    Can Child support laws in Canada be enforced here in the US. The wife is a Canadian citizen and the husband is a US Citizen. The children are Canadian citizens except for the older child who has dual citizenship. What are his rights as a dad he...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    Yes they can. The international arena has many avenues of enforcement of child support. In fact, the Hague Convention is seeking an amendment to include child support and enforcement. Without knowing the province, I can't give you a complete answer. If it is a criminal matter than enforcement can be accomplished by extradition through treaty. Have your friend contact an family lawyer with international experience. Look for a fellow with the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

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  • Divorce was filed in FL, our son and I live in MA last 3 years. He asked the court not take jurisdiction over child meaning what

    I am fine with the divorce. I just want to make sure that I can still file for custody and support in MA if I agree and file answer and waiver. Also, have open DOR Child support case in FL pending no order yet, now attached to this case will that ...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    There are a lot of gaps in the history of the case that need to be filled in for a good opinion. THis is a jurisdictional case. Florida may no longer have jurisdiction over your child. THis needs to be further investigated before you assent tot he jurisdiction of FLorida.

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  • My divorce agreement was executed on July 6, 2012 in the State of Mass., at the time of the divorce, although before it was fina

    My divorce agreement was executed on July 6, 2012 in the State of Mass., at the time of the divorce, although before it was final all two of our kids were under 18 and living with my ex and the oldest in College and living with me when not in scho...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    You Need to talk with a lawyer experienced in this area of the law. Although child support can continue under the statute until the age of 23, the child support guidelines only contginue until the age of 18. The reasons for this are the issues you currently face Paying child support and college expenses, without a review, can result in double dipping.

    When you discuss this matter with a lawyer, be prepared with your separation agreement, tuition costs, expenses paid by your former spouse, and any other inforation you believe to be pertinent to the current situation.

    Good Luck!

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  • What legal rights does the father get to an unborn / new born child

    1) we where never married 2) never dating He is telling me he has all these rights over my baby. I just would like to see what his actual rights are.

    Lloyd’s Answer

    Until there is an event recognizing him as Father of the child, you have complete custody and decision making authority. The event is called an adjudication and will either take place by judgment of the Court or by statutory recognition through him singing the birth certificate and, usually, a voluntary acknowlegement of paternity. Even with the acknowledgment, he has no rights until granted rights by the Court. He will have to file a complaint to establish legal custody rights and right of parenting. He will also have to pay child support and potentially provide medical insurance for the benefit of the child.

    Talk with an experienced attorney and don't be bullied.

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  • Can I stop visitation?

    My children are age 9,6,5 all daughters I have physical custody and joint legal . This past tues which is an overnight visit night I got a call from my 9yr old that she wanted to come home . My ex dropped only her off , she proceeded to tell me th...

    Lloyd’s Answer

    You have a court order requiring the kids to go this weekend, You should follow the court order. If your concerns are substantial talk with an experienced attorney about filing a complaint for modification, This can be a very difficult, long and expensive process but worth it if your kids are at risk because of his behavior. It sounds like he will turn the children over to you if they want to come home. If there is any reportof abuse over the weekend, call the police.

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