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  • What % of my legal fee might he pay for me?

    My so to be ex-husband makes more than 10 times of my salary, and he is ordered to pay 100% of children’s add-on per interim court order. He is still able to pay his lawyer with his salary, but I am paying my lawyer with my savings (the savings m...

    Mary’s Answer

    It is very likely that he will have to pay most or perhaps even all of your counsel fees. Usually, this is dealt with in the first interim order so you may already be a little behind in getting what you should. I suggest you contact an attorney immediately so you can get your case on track as there may be other things you've missed that should be addressed now, too. Good luck!

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  • How to get divorced when spouse is a non us citizen living abroad?

    I was married in the US to an Italian citzen. We haven't spoken in almost 3 years. Last I know he was living in Italy with his parents ( I do know their address). We have no children, shared assets and I am not seeking spousal support. What steps ...

    Mary’s Answer

    If you know where your spouse is now, and it is possible to contact him and get his cooperation, it will not be difficult to obtain your divorce. I suggest you speak directly to an attorney for specific assistance. Good luck!

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  • How do I go about adopting a family member who is a minor? How much does it cost?

    My niece was orphaned at a young age. She is a Canadian Citizen. Her current legal guardians are in another country. About 2 years ago they sent her to live with another family member in Florida. Things have not been going well. She will turn 16 i...

    Mary’s Answer

    You may be able to adopt her, but please note that you will NOT be able to adjust her immigration status by virtue of the adoption. If that is an important part of your motivation to adopt, then I suggest you rethink the plan. You may other options so I suggest you speak directly with an attorney for further assistance. Good luck!

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  • What is necessary to have and do when getting divorced?

    I would like to get divorced and I was wondering how long does it usually take as a procedure and how much does it cost. We have a child and I was wondering how does it work with the child support and custody?

    Mary’s Answer

    If you and your spouse are able to be reasonable and agree on most things, then the cost will be much less than if you argue over every issue. If you agree, the procedure is fairly simple and most attorneys can help you obtain an uncontested divorce quickly. On the other hand, if your divorce is contested, then the procedure is much more complicated and it will involved court appearances and lots of time. It would be best for you to speak directly to an attorney who can explain all your rights and options to you in detail and then you can proceed accordingly. Good luck!

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  • I am 17 and I want to go live with my grandparents my parents totally agree with me what are legal procedure that I have to take

    My grandparents are in different state so enrollment to highschool and all that

    Mary’s Answer

    It depends, you may just be able to go. Some schools will ask for "documentation" that you are living with grandparents. Check with the school.

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  • Child support DNA lawyer.

    I, Ira L. Jackson, have been accused, of being a biological father kids twins. Before DNA Laboratory findings was made, now on hand I am in possession of DNA Markers that proves I am not the father of these children's, and the family court system ...

    Mary’s Answer

    Maybe. I suggest you arrange a confidential consultation so you can speak directly with an attorney about this issue. Depending upon the very specific circumstances of your case, you may be given an opportunity to deny paternity, but if you have been "father" for a significant amount of time, a challenge now could be quite difficult even if you have DNA evidence. Good luck!

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  • Is it wise to change attorneys

    I have won the disciplinary case where I spanked my daughter due to no history of me ever doing this to her, now mom is alleging that I am an active gang member and I do drugs which is not true. I have 3 affidavits from 2 neighbors and 1 from the ...

    Mary’s Answer

    The fact that your current attorney has "lost" to the current opposing counsel once before really has no bearing on your case. For the most part, the facts win or lose a case, of course the skill and experience of the attorney determine how those facts are presented or suppressed, but without knowing all about the facts of each case, it really isn't possible to evaluate your attorney based upon that one issue. Besides having good facts, the second most important aspect for success is having a good rapport with your attorney. If you have that, stick with it. If you don't then make a change. Good luck!

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  • Reconcile divorce in VA more than ones is this bad?

    Hello, My husband left me and my 4 years old daughter at the hotel then he left for overseas for work without telling me, we supposed to go. SO i discussed with a lawyer and I filed for divorce based on Cruelty and Abandoned. Now he kept calling s...

    Mary’s Answer

    If you are ready to proceed with divorce, do it. The fact that you thought you were ready once before and then changed your mind is of no consequence. Good luck!

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  • Are assets a factor in determining child support

    My ex and I have an agreement that is not court ordered. He pays 25% of his income reliably but can't afford to pay for half of the kids health insurance. I recently asked him again and he says he is still unable to afford it. I found out t...

    Mary’s Answer

    Whether the asset is going to be a factor in determining child support depends, in part, upon whether the asset is available to be liquidated or whether it allows a greater portion of the non-custodial parent's income to be available for child support. For example, if the house is owned by your ex's wife, then it is not your ex's asset--it is hers; however, if he gets to live there "rent free" then the money he otherwise would be expected to use for his own housing may be available to use for child support instead. Perhaps, you should talk this over in detail with an attorney before you try to explain it to a judge. Good luck!

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  • Can someone go after the parents of a child for child support if they willingly (in the eyes of family court) took him in

    this person took my child in willingly (in the eyes of family court) and now I have a court date for child support. can she do that. I have proof that her and her family denied us to see our son and says they r the mother not the real mom. I can p...

    Mary’s Answer

    Yes, in most cases, parents must support their children even if they are living somewhere else.

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