Yes, under these circumstances, you should be able to obtain an order of sole custody. And so long as you're the custodial parent, you're entitled to an order of support as well. You can file petitions for each at the Bronx Family Court. You should also schedule a free consultation with a Bronx Child Custody lawyer for a full assessment.
To get an idea of how much support you may receive, you can consult the following websites on child support calculation: http://www.nyc.gov/html/hra/html/directory/child_support_calculator.shtml and maintenance calculation: http://www.nycourts.gov/divorce/calculator.pdf. Nevertheless, for an ultimate award, the Court takes into account a host of factors. You are thus better off scheduling a follow-up consultation with a NYC Divorce attorney.
First, you should keep a paper-trail of your efforts to visit with them. Second, you should do some soul-searching as to whether your prior actions were at all to blame for their refusal. If their refusal to visit is completely unjustified, then you can file a separate petition to terminate or reduce child support. Finally, the Court loses jurisdiction to rule on visitation matters at age 18, so he Court would only have authority to address issues with the 16 & 13 yrea old. In any event, I...
Other than to say that you will be responsible for the support of the child, as well as have a right to visit with the child (and the child will in turn have a right to inherit from you), I am otherwise unclear on what "legal position" you're inquiring about. That said, I encourage you to schedule a consultation with a NYC Child Custody/Support lawyer.
You do not need a DNA test - but whether one is conducted or not is up to him. Either one of you can file a paternity Petition via Family Court. The Magistrate would then let him know he has a right to a DNA test, which is usually paid in the first instance by the party requesting it. He may always waive that right after full allocution. Speak to a Bronx Family Law attorney for more info.
(1) By "separate money," do you mean money you brought into the marriage segregated into a separate account? If so, this would generally keep the asset separate.
(2) If marital funds are used to enhance separate property, then generally it's the active appreciation (not the whole house value) which is divisable.
(3) If property is either purchased or has active appreciation during the marriage, then the non-title holding spouse doesn't need to have resided there.
(4) If, for instance, you...
Here's the issue - if you file in the wrong county, you run the risk of a Judge transferring it to the proper county & thus doubling the time (at least) for your judgment to be signed. There's no tremendous difference between the counties (perhaps a month or two) so rather than run even a small risk that your case gets transferred, you're best advised to file in the county where you reside. For a full assessment, schedule a consultation with a NYC Divorce attorney.
You may try to file an order to show cause (along with another violation petition) in an attempt to speed up the court date. You should also keep a paper-trail, confirming each communication you have with her. In the interim, call her bluff & offer to take your child before/after the event which is scheduled and/or offer to accompany her to the event. In any event, you should schedule a consultation with a Westchester Child Custody attorney for a full assessment.
I assume you are under 21? If so, your school's financial aid office should be able to assist you with the applications you need. You may otherwise consider filing your own child support petition in court seeking either an order of support, or alternatively a declaration of emancipation. Should you need assistance with same, I then suggest you call a Bronx Co. Child Support lawyer to schedule a consultation.
First, you must immediately file for custody if you truely want your daughters to live with you instead of with her. The longer you wait, the more likely it will be that the Judge will wonder why you didn't file sooner. Second, as to whether you should file for an order of protection, her merely threatening to report you to USCIS is not grounds to file for same. If there are other reasons, you should review them with an attorney. Finally, you always have a risk of deportation. Whether that...