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Gregory A Allen

Gregory Allen’s Answers

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  • What should I do as the court appointed supervisor of visitation.....In this situation

    Biological mother whom has no custody and whom has had supervised visitation with her children for over 5 yrs is threatening to bring custodial parent to court. Says she will tell children what ever she wants at visits with them even if it may con...

    Gregory’s Answer

    So, that is a real complex issue. Completely denying the visits could be seen as violating the order to allow them under the terms of the supervised arrangements. However, the behavior she is threatening is clearly inappropriate. I would suggest talking to her beforehand about what will be expected of her and what will not be allowed. Then have an intervention planned to as unstressfully as possible get the children out of that situation, either by redirecting the conversation or activities in the visit or by ending the visit as unconfrontationally as possible.

    If this does occur you should then consider how to advise the could of the issues. The easiest way would be to have one of the parties to the case file a motion or request a status conference with the court.

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  • When a debt is bought/assigned in CT,does the debt buyer need an affidavit of sale to prove assignment or just the bill of sale?

    The bill of sale does not reflect any specific accounts. The only other documentation is a "notification file" they claim is from the original creditor showing defendant's personal and account info (albeit the home phone number and the "last tran...

    Gregory’s Answer

    In order to prove ownership of the debt the purchaser/plaintiff only needs to produce the bill of sale. Generally, they buy accounts in bulk so the bill of sale is for a large group of accounts. The purchaser/plaintiff then generally attaches a document showing that the individual account was included in the bulk transaction. This information can also additionally be outlined in an affidavit from the plaintiff explaining how they took title and that the documents attached showing they have title are true and accurate copies.

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  • Divorce and citizenship

    My girlfriend is about to file a divorce from her husband. Is it possible for her to file divorce and go ahead to do a process for her citizenship at a same time?? Looking forward ...

    Gregory’s Answer

    They are two separate processes. However, she should consult an immigration lawyer to see if the divorce will impact her immigration status.

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  • Who is entitled to insurance money

    A car was purchased for my son and the title and registration is in my sons name. 4 years later he totals the car and the insurance company gives him a check for the blue book amount. The person who originally bought him the car now wants that che...

    Gregory’s Answer

    The car was registered in your son's name and he held title solely in his name. The insurance proceeds are his, absent the existance of a contract stating something different.

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  • I need help with filing child custody and child support. dont have much money to pay for lawyer

    my son's father left me. I want to secure my guardianship for my son and get child support from him.

    Gregory’s Answer

    Doing this on your own isn't easy, but there are a lot of resources available. The link below takes you to the Judicial Branch's publications on family law. It would also be helpful, as my colleagues suggested to go to your local court services center. They will be able to give you the forms you need, but they can't give you legal advice. These resources should help, and always ask questions. Unfortunately, they can't replace experienced counsel helping you through this process.

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  • My wife is having an affair. We plan on getting legally separated. Will I have to pay her alimony?

    We have been married over 20 years. No children live with us.

    Gregory’s Answer

    I really hate giving "lawyer" answers, but as my colleagues mentioned, there are a lot of factors that go into an alimony calculation and without knowing all those details it is hard to say more than, "it depends". With that said, as a general rule (and I emphasize general) if you are making more than her and have traditionally been the majority income provider for the family then there is a strong likelihood you will end up paying alimony. There are a number of other factors that come into play and the statute requires the court to weigh them in the way most equitable to each family, but that one factor generally, generally, weighs most heavily. To get a fully informed answer you should consult an experience family lawyer.

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  • Can financial institution garnish wages for $ owed on repossessed car from two years ago. I owe 1800.00. How do I handle this?

    I had a car re poed about 2 years ago. GM Financial states I still owe $. All I need to know is if they can garnish wages. If so, how shall I handle this. I live in CT and I know that all states treat this differently.

    Gregory’s Answer

    Yes. CT allows for the garnishment of wages. However, GM must first obtain a judgment against you and you must also be in default of the payment of that judgment before the court will authorize the garnishment of wages.

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  • Can I relocate out of state with my daughter for better opportunities?

    My ex & I were never married & have been split up for years now due to him being physically, emotional & verbally abusive towards me. There was never a parenting plan put into effect for our 6 year old daughter. She has resided with me but has had...

    Gregory’s Answer

    You should retain a family lawyer experienced in relocation matters. Relocation matters are generally complex and generally go to a full hearing as there is usually not room to compromise; either you relocate or you do not. There are a lot of factors at play in the court's decision and trying to balance them all on your own can be daunting. These hearings can also take months to resolve so it is best to act sooner rather than later.

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  • I was awarded Lifetime alimony from my ex in divorce action in 2006. My ex appealed that to the appellate court and lost.

    In divorce action in 2006 my ex was ordered to pay me LIFETIME ALIMONY in superior court. My ex appealed to the appellate court in 2008 and lost. My ex is now filed a motion in superior court for modification. My ex wants the LIFETIME ALIMONY A...

    Gregory’s Answer

    I agree that the appeal will not necessarily determine the outcome of a motion to modify the alimony award. A motion to modify essentially asks the court to consider changing its order as the circumstances have changed since the date of the judgment. The moving party would then need to prove to the court what circumstances have changed and why they merit a change in the court's orders. It would also be important to know the exact wording of the of the alimony award from the Superior Court as different wording could effect how the motion to modify is handled. However, if he is trying to vacate the court's alimony order then that is an entirely different analysis. A lifetime alimony award is potentially very valuable. I suggest consulting local counsel experienced in family to guide you in the process.

    The discovery requests you are looking for are contained in section 25-32 of the Connecticut Practice Book. See the Link below.

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  • Connecticut divorce pitfalls

    Want to get divorced and need to protect myself.

    Gregory’s Answer

    Unfortunately, there are too many potential pitfalls to explain or warn you about in an answer here. To really protect yourself you need an experienced family lawyer to review your situation and see what particular issues you face. That counsel can then prepare you for them and prepare your case accordingly.

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