as other attorneys stated, it would have to be in the best interest of the child. the court would give the 13 year old's preference significant weight. however there are many other factors. If your ex decides to fight it, you are looking at significant expenses. the court would likely order a child custody expert evaluation and that would be around $5,000.00 for the expert fee (probably paid 50/50 by the parties). plus you would incur attorney fees.
you basically have two options, either settle with the collection agency and agree with them on a payment plan or file bankruptcy. Most of the time unless the bill is small and you don't have much other debt it is more economical to file bankruptcy and just start fresh.
schedule an appointment with a bankruptcy attorney and discuss your options. Many attorneys, including myself provide free no obligation phone or in person consultation.
you may still have some to answer. how many days have passed since you have been served?
If not, you would need to file a motion to vacate default. do this ASAP. If you have an excuse (which you have) and a legitimate defense to the claims, in all likelihood the judge would vacate the default and allow you to file answer.
most litigation lawyers would be able to handle a claim like this. it is a simple breach of contract (possibly fraud) case.
what you really have to consider is whether or not you would be able to collect from this landscaper once you obtain a judgment. You can invest quite a bit of money obtaining a judgement just to find out that the landscaper has skipped town.
If this is a large landscaping company, then you shouldn't have trouble collecting. In such a case you would likely be able to get...
many debt consolidation companies operate on a national level. they generally hire local attorneys to represent their clients in local courts. the local attorney would file paperwork and go to court on behalf of the client.
Sounds like you would need to file a chapter 7 bankruptcy. It would take care of your credit card debts and most other unsecured debts. You should sit down with a bankruptcy attorney to discuss your options. most attorneys offer a free consultation.
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Is there a restraining order in place? If so then it would very likely be a violation for him to be calling you.
If not then there is nothing illegal about him blocking and unblocking his number. He has every right to block whoever he wants.
If he is harassing you and threatening you, then you may have grounds for a restraining order.
you should contact an attorney who will contact the court for you and get you another court date. Englishtown is a very reasonable court and I am sure they won't have a problem changing the court date.
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