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Ronald Anthony Sarno

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  • Child support ny state

    I have to two sons going away for college this fall and both will be staying in the school dorms. My question is will my payments go directly to them or the same as now to the mother?

    Ronald’s Answer

    I agree with what has been posted by the other attorneys. When a child goes to college is an exceellent time to review the existing child support order and plan when the petition for emancipation and child support should be made. This whole process is complex in NY State and is best done with the help of an experienced family lawyer.

    FYI may law firm provides this service. You might also find some of the legal guides I have written on family law helpful.

    LEGAL DISCLAIMER…………………………………………………………………..
    Mr. Sarno is licensed to practice law in NJ and NY. His response here is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/ client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter in question. Many times the questioner may leave out details which would make the reply unsuitable. Mr. Sarno strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in their own state to acquire more information about this issue.

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  • My husband is filing non-contest divorce, he used his old address (the address on his driver license),is it OK?

    is there any problem with it?

    Ronald’s Answer

    I do not think this is wise. The court will send notices to an address where he no longer lives and he will not know what they are. I strongly recommend using an attorney even in non-contested
    divorces. FYI my law partner and I practice family law in NYC including Queens and we offer a free consultation. I have also done some legal guides on family law which you may find helpful (click onto my profile, and look up legal guides).

    LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    Mr. Sarno is licensed to practice law in NJ and NY. His response here is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/ client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter in question. Many times the questioner may leave out details which would make the reply unsuitable. Mr. Sarno strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in their own state to acquire more information about this issue.

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  • I live in NY and is wondering if I got remarried will they count my wife's income for my child support?

    I presently live in Ny and I wanted to get remarried,but I don't want my wife's income counted as mine for child support. I already pay child support and my ex wife says if I get remarried she's taking both of us to court for child support. Is thi...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Your ex wife would have no claim on your new wife's income.
    Sometimes an ex can claim in court that now that you are married, you have less expenses and
    therefore more available income to give in child support. This is very fact specific and if the ex
    does try use an attorney to defend yourself.

    You may benefit from reading my legal guides on family law. Click onto my profile and then onto legal guides.

    LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    Mr. Sarno is licensed to practice law in NJ and NY. His response here is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/ client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter in question. Many times the questioner may leave out details which would make the reply unsuitable. Mr. Sarno strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in their own state to acquire more information about this issue.

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  • Child Support Reduction

    How much is child support reduced when a kid goes off to college? I've been told that in South Jersey the formula used is to just divide the amount into weekly portions and then,since the kids are away for 30 weeks, multiply the week amount by 22...

    Ronald’s Answer

    I doubt you were speaking to a NJ family lawyer. There is NO set forumula in NJ since every family is unique. First of all, is there any plan for college costs in the marital settlement plan issued at the time of divorce? If there is not, then a plan should be put in place BEFORE college begins. It can either be done by settlement or by litigation, and the second option can be very expsensive.
    Second, what is usually common in NJ is that the court wants a plan which includes the both parents and the student all contributing. In general terms this is 1/3rd each, but obviously the actual dollar amount is not 1/3rd. In some cases, one parent may be an employee at a college and the tuition is free for that child. In another case, the child may live on campus or at home and each choice affects the amount of money involved. Some students will win an academic scholarship and pay no tuition but will need books, room and board. If you are a male non custodial parent and you are dreaming about your new obligation as $2,200 a year you are about to meet a bulldozer. Do not do this pro se.

    On my profile there are several legal guides. I recommend reviewing the following which may be helpful to you:

    Hiring a lawyer helpful; Is it Legal? Is it Illegal?
    Understanding the different court systems;
    A guide to legal terms used in litigation…………………………………l.

    Divorce in General and How It's Handled in New Jersey
    Financial Dos and Don'ts after a Divorce (written by Attorney Gabriel Cheong)

    Our law firm may be able to assist you in this legal matter. You can access our contact information at our website: www.sarnoanddefelice.com or my avvo profile.

    LEGAL DISCLAIMER…………………………………………………………………..
    Mr. Sarno is licensed to practice law in NJ and NY. His response here is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/ client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter in question. Many times the questioner may leave out details which would make the reply unsuitable. Mr. Sarno strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in their own state to acquire more information about this issue.

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  • My husband and sister is co-owner of a house which is up for sale. She has decided that all of the lawn maintaince will be done

    by my husband she also refuses to hand over any documents concerning the home. And refused to follow advice from the real estate agent and has taken items out of the home without my husband permission. We could not legally take the home off the ma...

    Ronald’s Answer

    In any joint ownership matter either owner is jointly and severally liable for all costs
    Which means either owner must pay the full freight.
    You are confusing what is just and ethical with what is legal.
    What you can do is hire a lawyer and make sure that there is a lawsuit which deducts your costs from her share of the net profit.

    On my profile there are several legal guides. I recommend reviewing the following which may be helpful to you:

    Hiring a lawyer helpful; Is it Legal? Is it Illegal?
    Understanding the different court systems;
    A guide to legal terms used in litigation…………………………………l.

    Commercial litigation

    Our law firm may be able to assist you in this legal matter. You can access our contact information at our website: www.sarnoanddefelice.com or my avvo profile. My NJ contact number is 908-400-5585.

    LEGAL DISCLAIMER…………………………………………………………………..
    Mr. Sarno is licensed to practice law in NJ and NY. His response here is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/ client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter in question. Many times the questioner may leave out details which would make the reply unsuitable. Mr. Sarno strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in their own state to acquire more information about this issue.

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  • My mother-in-law gave my husband and her sister equal amounts of bond money over a three year period. Now that my mother-in-law

    is now in a nursing home medicade did a five year look back and asked for all the bond money back except the 15,000 that my husband used for my out of pocket cancer treatments and medical bills which they deemed a medical emergency. My sister-in-l...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Medicaid look back is a very serious matter. I always recommend people hiring an attorney when facing this. But 3 attorneys in a row "failing" to do this is a total misconception. One of the few defenses is a medical emergency. There are very few other defenses, and the government may consider criminal charges. Get an attorney who can work out a payment plan NOT one who promises to make the problem go away. It won't.

    On my profile there are several legal guides. I recommend reviewing the following which may be helpful to you:

    Hiring a lawyer helpful; Is it Legal? Is it Illegal?
    Understanding the different court systems;
    A guide to legal terms used in litigation…………………………………l.

    Estate Litigation with a will
    Estate Litigation without a will

    LEGAL DISCLAIMER…………………………………………………………………..
    Mr. Sarno is licensed to practice law in NJ and NY. His response here is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/ client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter in question. Many times the questioner may leave out details which would make the reply unsuitable. Mr. Sarno strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in their own state to acquire more information about this issue.

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  • Will my private life stay private?

    I am a gay male. 4 years ago I met another gay man. We became friends socially and sexually seeing each other about once a month. Together we attended a few house parties where there would be another 4-5 guys. About 3 moths ago, he approache...

    Ronald’s Answer

    Being gay is not illegal; being fired for being gay is illegal.
    You should report him to the police, you should also consider suing him in civil court for the recovery of your money.
    If he has preyed on you, he has done this with other gay men and will continue to do so until someone has the courage to stop him.
    If you the papers, you must be aware that "private" sexual matters for both gay and straight litigants comes out duing litigation.
    I know nothing about your employer, but you might want to explore before you go to the police their attiudues toward gay people. Remember in NY State discrimination in hiring and firing on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal.

    This reply is intended for legal education. It does not create an attorney/ client relationship which can only be done by signing a retainer.

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  • Can you describe a Special Findings Order court hearing

    How will it work? Who will be there? Who will ask me questions? What should I tell the judge? Thanks

    Ronald’s Answer

    Sorry you have provided too little information. What type of court? What is the subject matter? Speaking in general terms, a special findings procedure is normally a mini-trial and would include testimony from you and other witnesses, as well as the review of relevant documents.
    You might benefit from reading some of my legal guides on NY courts and litigation. This reply is solely for legal education and does not create a client/attorney relationship which can only be done by signing a retainer.

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  • How do I protect an acronym that I have created?

    I have an acronym I would like to protect. It appears as though this must be done with a trademark. Should I trademark &/or copyright? I was going to do this via LegalZoom.com. Please advise

    Ronald’s Answer

    Trademark infringement and copyright protection is a very complex area of the law. I do not recommend LegalZoom which may not provide you with the range of protections you need.Also,if the acronym is already in use, and close to one in use, you may not be able to trademark it. Contact trademark attorneys in your area of NY (you can start by using the avvo search program).

    This reply should be considered legal education and does not create an attorney/client relationship which can only be done by signing a retainer. You might benefit from reading my legal guides on business law which can be done by accessing my avvo profile.

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  • I had a restraining order put on me by my wife in California and I cant see my kids. All of us are now in New York. what now?

    I was in the air force and because I was not acting myself my wife put a restraining order on me (because her mother made her pretty much). Well it has since been deemed that this lapse in behavior was a confliction of two meds I was on. Unfortu...

    Ronald’s Answer

    If everyonw is now in NY, you can go to NY family court, with a copy of the California order and ask to have it stricken and/or modified. Make sure you have a letter from a doctor that your medication error has been resolved. Contact a family lawyer in NY State about seeking a modification or termination of the Cal order.
    This reply does not establish an attorney/client relationship which can only be done by signing a retainer. You may find my various legal guides on family law helpful (especially the ones in parental alienation), which you can access by clicking onto my avvo profile.

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