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Douglas Shaun Kepanis

Douglas Kepanis’s Answers

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  • DIVORCE

    I am married with two adult children. We do not own a property but have a joint bank account. Both my husband and I are miserable in our marriage after 20 years. I know he is seeing someone even though he denies it. I want a divorce and out of thi...

    Douglas’s Answer

    The phrase: "I know he wants me to do this" stands out to me.

    Is there a reason he wants you to file for the divorce rather than just filing himself?

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  • Divorce

    What are the steps in proceeding with this divorce situation what Court house i have to attend to process this procedure.

    Douglas’s Answer

    The answer must be tailored to your particular case - while generally, you would need to purchase an Index Number and file a Summons — there are many ways to commence a divorce (i.e. Summons with Notice; Summons with Verified Complaint; Summons with Notice accompanying an Order to Show Cause; Summons with Verified Complaint accompanying an Order to Show Cause). You should consult with an attorney to determine the best strategy for your goals.

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  • How can a non-moneyed spouse hire a divorce atty when the husband controls all the marital funds?

    I am the non-moneyed spouse and I stay at home to raise the children. I am completely dependent on my husband financially. My name is not on his bank accts or credit cards. My husband has served me with a divorce action and I need to hire an at...

    Douglas’s Answer

    If you are a stay-at-home mother raising children, and your husband is the sole provider, then, statutorily, there is a presumption that your husband will pay for your reasonable attorneys fees. However, this is not set in stone as this presumption is "rebuttable" - without knowing more of the facts herein, no attorney can guarantee you will be awarded attorney fees. Please consult an attorney - they can give you an evaluation of your case and the likelihood of receiving an award of attorney fees. Should that probability be high, an attorney might take the case and file an Order to Show Cause seeking fees for the retainer posthaste. Please consult a divorce attorney ASAP.

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  • Divorce lawyer

    Cheating husband

    Douglas’s Answer

    Unless you have video of the "cheating" - it is very hard to prove - as such, probably a better idea to use New York's "no fault" grounds for divorce.

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  • I had a child from a married man,he makes over15 million a year.

    He want his name to not be on the child birthcertificate,he want nothing to do with me or the baby,he want super strict confidentiality agreement. what should i do? is court is better option for me?

    Douglas’s Answer

    Be very wary of confidentiality agreements. Like all contracts, there must be consideration given in exchange for your confidentiality - is he seeking to buy your silence? If so, the ball is in your court. Time to hire an attorney and see what his proposal is all about! NOW!

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  • Divorce

    I have a trust from my grandmother I cannot touch it . The trust bought and owns my house I live in now. When my trust ends next year does my husband own any right to the house if we divorce?

    Douglas’s Answer

    Without any additional information, it should be classified as separate property. More importantly, according to you, the trust is the owner of the property, not you.

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  • What would be an appropriate gift for my divorce attorney?

    My divorce will be final soon. I would really like to get my attorney a small gift. I was thinking about getting him a pen for his desk engraved with his initials. Would this be appropriate? I don't want to do a food gift, as he has dietary restri...

    Douglas’s Answer

    The best gift for an attorney is a client referral.

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  • I have a visitation matter re our twins, coming before our divorce judge in Supreme Court. I was seriously mentally ill 10 .

    years ago and was successfully treated. I dutifully take my meds, just as a precaution against a relapse. and have not had so much as a depressive day since. My wife will have physical custody and we will have joint legal custody; that has been ...

    Douglas’s Answer

    What do you mean you found a case on Google - has this psychologist written about your case on the Internet? What about therapeutic visitation that moves towards unsupervised? As one of my colleagues here asks - how do you have joint legal custody yet supervised visits?

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  • Would a contract that says "if you are caught cheating then mr A will have to pay ms B xxx amount of money" stand up in court?

    Should it be notorized? We both agreed to sign it after a incident. Thank you!

    Douglas’s Answer

    Whether it should be notarized is the least of your troubles with that "contract". Where is the consideration? How is "cheating" defined? What level of proof must there be once "cheating" is defined and one person accuses the other of "cheating"?

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  • I need a lawyer for divorce

    I need a lawyer for divorce

    Douglas’s Answer

    Has a case been filed yet? Has a Judge been assigned? Are there any Order to Show Cause pending? IS there a Preliminary Conference date?

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