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Steven Robert Tabano

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  • What do I need to do to either obtain a separation or repair my marriage?

    My husband and I will be married 2 years this September. Starting in November 2014, he began lying to me about a number of things and hiding things from me. I left our house 3 times (for periods of a couple days to a week and a half) from November...

    Steven’s Answer

    There is no "legal separation" in Pennsylvania. If you can't get him to go to counseling try getting some individual counseling to help you sort out this mess.

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  • If a Dui says Nolle processed does it still count against me if I receive another Dui?

    I had two Dui that were put together. I was sentenced in 2008 for my second Dui. The other says Nolle processed. I Got another Dui recently, will this be my 3rd or my 2nd again?

    Steven’s Answer

    Good news for you. If a criminal case is nolle prossed then it is as if you were found not guilty. For sentencing purposes for your most recent d.u.i. case they will only count cases where you were found guilty or plead guilty. Please consult an attorney who can check your criminal record and go over the possible sentence you could receive.

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  • I need to file an answer within 30 days from 6/23/2015 on a divorce complaint

    Husband lives in NC, Wife lives in PA, no children, separated since 2012 own a strip of land in Va. Beach, VA and wife has some stock purchased by her in both names.

    Steven’s Answer

    You don't state whether the divorce was filed by your husband in North Carolina or Pennsylvania. In Pa. if you don't answer the complaint it is considered that you deny the allegations, but the case can proceed and a divorce granted without your participation. If you have to divide marital property you will have a big problem if you don not deal with it as part of the divorce. If the case was filed in N.C. you need to consult with an attorney there.

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  • I am looking into getting grandparents visitation . How difficult and expensive is the legal process?

    My son had a baby with his high school girlfriend. The baby has both parents last names. His name is on the birth certificate. We were involved in the baby's first year of life. It has been 7 months since he has seen his daughter. One year since ...

    Steven’s Answer

    A grandparent can seek partial custody or visitation when the child's parents are divorced, or have been separated for six months or more. The court makes its decision on grandparents custody rights based on what is known as “the best interests of the child.” You should hire an experienced attorney to help you navigate the process.

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  • My son's father filed for custody in a different county what do I do?

    I live in Pittsburgh and my son's father lives three hours away. I just got papers to attend mediation next week in the mail for custody where he lives. He hasn't seen my son in a year and I recently filed for child support since he doesn't help...

    Steven’s Answer

    The proper venue for your case is in Allegheny County as long as your child has resided here for at least the past 6 months. Unfortunately, you will need to hire an attorney in the other county and file preliminary objections asking that the case be transferred to Allegheny County. If you do not do this now you may have difficulty doing it later. It will be much more convenient for you to have the case in Allegheny County since custody matters often involve frequent court hearings and appearances.

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  • Are the courts prone to giving the mother full custody of a child even after father has exercised and been granted full custody?

    I am the father of a 5 years old boy. I have exercised full custody of my son since he was born. In Oct 2014 the mother was granted every other weekend visits and joint legal custody after two years of being completely absent from our sons life. T...

    Steven’s Answer

    If the mother is regularly missing custody periods then I would argue that she is not using the time she has so why should she get more time.

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  • Will I be charged with first DUI, or second DUI?

    I recently received a DUI. But I received my first DUI a little over 9 years ago and completed my ARD program. I can remember my attorney telling me that she would have it expunged and I'm not sure if she did or not. When I went into the Pa court...

    Steven’s Answer

    Even when your record is expunged the District Attorney's Office still keeps a record of ARD participants, so they know this is your second offense even though it doesn't show up on your public record. Since you have a second offense within 10 years it will be treated as a second offense for sentencing purposes.

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  • Anything left to do after ARD probation expires?

    I was given 365 days of probation, a set of fines, classes to attend and a drivers license suspension which I have served all of and in a timely fashion. I just want to know if there is anything extra I need to do with anything like expungement. I...

    Steven’s Answer

    As long as you have completed all of the classes, served your driver's license suspension, paid your fine and completed any other conditions, your record will be expunged. In Allegheny County you do not need to file a petition or anything to have it expunged, it will be done automatically.

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  • In Pennsylvania , How long do I have to pay support? Can't afford a lawyer to get a divorce

    I have been separated from wife for 6 yrs and have been paying spousal support since then. We were married about 23 yrs. I can't afford a lawyer to get divorced, but I make too much for free legal help. We went before the magistrate 2 yrs ago, ...

    Steven’s Answer

    You certainly can request a modification in this case. However, given the facts in your case you really do need to hire a lawyer to modify the support and finalize the divorce. In the long run you will save money.

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  • Do i need to file for relocation if i am moving an hr away? custody order wouldnt change.

    custody order was placed in dec, father lives an hour away from me now. I am moving 1.5 hrs away but i would only be 1hr away from the father still. Do i need to file for relocation if I am not modifying the agreement.??

    Steven’s Answer

    Pennsylvania's relocation law requires you to file a Petition for Relocation if your move would substantially effect custody. However, it doesn't define what this means. I would say that if you are still the same distance away there is not a substantial change. To avoid any problems, however, (or the unpredictability of a decision by a judge) You should simply ask the father if he objects. If he does, then file a petition for relocation.

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