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Dean S. Puleo

Dean Puleo’s Answers

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  • HOW LONG DOES A JOINT CUSTODY ORDER LAST FOR?

    MY EX AND I HAVE JOINT CUSTODY OF MY DAUGHTER, BUT IN THE PAPER IT STATES THAT SHE IS IN MY PHYSICAL CUSTODY AND I HAVE FINAL DECISION MAKING OF ANY MATTER PERTAINING TO HER. HE HAS VISITATION. WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS CAN THIS VISITATION BE CHANGED...

    Dean’s Answer

    The language in your order is confusing. Joint custody means you both have decision making authority. But then your order states that you have final decision making authority.

    In any event, court orders can only be changed by a court. You need to file a petition seeking a modification.

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  • What excuse/reason can u give for going thru a 4 way stop sign

    I didn't even see the stop sign and saw no sign and told cop no cars were coming

    Dean’s Answer

    The difficulty is that you did indeed roll through a stop sign. A reason/excuse may mitigate the penalty, but does not change the fact that you violated the Vehicle and Traffic Law. Any admission to aprosecutor can be used against you.
    Best bet is to hire an attorney who may be able to wok out a non-point disposition.

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  • If my ex goes into long term rehab in another county is that still considered moving out of the county?

    I am going through a divorce and I will be getting sole custody of the children with visitation agreed upon by both parties. we currently have that neither party can move out of the county with out court approval. My ex is going into long term inp...

    Dean’s Answer

    I tend to agree with counsel. Often a custody order may indicate that the child is not to be removed from a certain area. I do not believe that family court can dictate a non-custodial parents residence.

    As an aside, a rehab program would tend to be considered a temporary arrangement, and not a "residence".

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  • Is it possible for father to get physical and legal custody of a 3 yo daughter in New York?

    My wife filed for divorce asking for full custody of our 3yo daughter. My wife has been vicious to get me out of the apartment by obtaining order of protection that I won pro se. Then she filed criminal contempt complaint because I sent her an ema...

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    Of course it is possible. With all of the issues you present, you should definitely seek legal counsel.

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  • How do I change the custody agreement since my ex and I have changed it on our own already

    according to our custody agreement I get my kids every Wednesday till Thursday morning but due to a work conflict my ex and I have agreed that I get the kids from Thursday till Friday this has been ongoing for the last 6 months what do I do if she...

    Dean’s Answer

    Often in Family Court cases, the party's end up with their own agreements that may not follow the terms of a court order. It is always best to modify that Order by filing a Modification Petition in you County's Family Court.

    A harsh example is child support. The payee may agree verbally to a lesser amount, and years could go by like that. But if a violation is brought, the Court will look at it's own Order, not the agreement and the payor could be in for a surprise.

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  • I m getting very nervous here, the lawyers have so many different opinions.....I was caught shoplifting for 19 dollars.........

    criminal background 2 felony dwis in 04 and opened credit cards under exs name.........I was drunk when I did this and im in mental health counseling, and now back in substance abuse counseling............im 62 years old...............I have hired...

    Dean’s Answer

    You might want to relax a bit. I'm sure your attorney will do all he or she can for you.

    Worrying, fretting and throwing in the towel won't change the outcome for the better.

    By the way, it's been my experience that public defenders, though overworked, are among the most knowledgeable defense attorneys.

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  • Can we get married in any state in USA? Can his parents attend the wedding on visitor visa?

    My boyfriend in on F1. I am on F1 but on OPT. I am working in NY. He is studying in Kansas. We want to get married. What is the process?

    Dean’s Answer

    I agree with prior counsels remarks. Each state sets its own minimum requirements. If you meet the threshold, you can marry in any state.

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  • What are the possibilities of being convicted

    I had my left hand broken and received multiple scratch marks on my face as a result from an attack from my girlfriend. My roommate witnessed the whole altercation who was also assaulted by her. My neighbor was a witness to me standing with my do...

    Dean’s Answer

    Self-defense, or simply the facts not supporting the charge are both possibilities for a favorable outcome.

    Get counsel.

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  • What are the punishment for in violation of 1110A?

    officer gave me a ticket for Disobeying Sign.

    Dean’s Answer

    2 points on your license, up to $150.00 fine and an $85.00 surcharge. (Soon to be $93.00)

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  • Can someone be found in contempt of court even if a violation petition hasn't been filed?

    I am scheduled to go into court on July 15th because my son's father is requesting a downward modification of our child support order. However, he has not paid any child support whatsoever. Can a judge find him in contempt of court / violation of ...

    Dean’s Answer

    I tend to think that a petition or motion is needed before a court can look at a contempt. You must be found not only in arrears, but also WILLFULLY so to be sanctioned. Without that allegation, which the Court cannot make alone, no finding can be made.

    That is not to say that the Court will not advise the other party to file.

    The possible exception is when the payee is receiving public benefits. In that case, the county can move against the party in arrears.

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