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  • I live in pa and requesting to relocate 20 min away which is closer to non relocating party. why wld they object?

    I have 3 daughters to my ex and now my toddler son to my significant other. I would like to move with him so we cld all be together my ex objects only bc they will have to change school districts but he doesn't even live in the same district eithe...

    Julie’s Answer

    You should review your case with an attorney. In a consultation you can go over the specifics of your case.

    Did the other side object to the relocation, the proposed schedule, or both? The other side may be looking to change the custody order or may not understand the move is making it easier to effectuate the custody order.

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  • Custody agreement while still married?

    Hello, My husband was recently incarcerated for a DUI while on probation. I'm pregnant and pretty much fed up with his drug problem. I want to know what my options are for gaining custody rights even though we are still married.

    Julie’s Answer

    Custody actions can be filed without filing for divorce, but not until after the child is born. Also, a custody order is not effective if both parties live in the same house. You should consult an attorney before you give birth to make sure everything is ready to go.

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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...

    Julie’s Answer

    The custody law now specifically states that custody decisions are to be gender neutral. Courts do often consider shared custody of its possible. You should consult a lawyer about the details of your case to see how a judge might asses your case.

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  • My daughter has down syndrome and me and her father are about to get a divorce what can I do to make sure he don't take her

    he has abused me physically and mentally abused me.I miscarried last yr BC of him beating me up.he has talked bad about me on Facebook and emails.the conditions of the house are not good.cys has came to the house.he keeps threatening me he going t...

    Julie’s Answer

    You can start a custody action before you are living in separate houses. You should consult a lawyer about your matter. A lawyer will help you narrow down what to ask for in custody and how to present it to the judge.

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  • Is it possible to seek full custody her father is not a united states citizens and my daughter and i are?

    i raised my daughter since she was born and she is now 18 months. her father been in and out of her life. he would go months without calling or coming up to see her. he has seen her about 6 times since she was born. he sent money here and there fo...

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    The court can help you work out a custody arrangement that protects your child. Dealing with international custody cases can be complicated. It is import that you find a lawyer who will help you to get a custody order with the proper protections about travel and visits. You should talk to a lawyer about the best way to start your case and how to proceed.

    As stated in the previous post Saudi Arabia does not follow the international treaty regarding custody of children. Also Saudi custody laws are very different from US custody laws.

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  • Is my daughter's father who pays child support obligated to help pay for her extra-curricular activities?

    After speaking with family lawyers in the past, all of them have assured me that he definitely has to help pay. He refuses to help and throughout her life, I've been paying for all dance, gymnastics, and theater classes 100% myself. At a recent mo...

    Julie’s Answer

    If your ex is required to pay extracurricular activities on top of the support it should be spelled out in the order. If it's not in the order, you ask that it be added at your next support modification.

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  • Can are judge force me to complete a QDRO ? i was awarded 55% but my ex-has not filed for his federal retirement,

    I was awarded 55% of his FERS. my atty had a QDRO prepared but I would nor sign it due to the fact he would not answer any questions I have about it. I have no problem perparing 1 but I first want someone to explain it to me. But he has ran to cou...

    Julie’s Answer

    A judge can force you to sign a QDRO, or sign the QDRO on your behalf. if you have questions your attorney should answer them. If your attorney is not answering them, you can see if another attorney will give you a second opinion. The best approach is to schedule a time to go to your attorneys office to discuss the QDRO and then sign it after your questions are answered.

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  • Need a divorce

    I have been separated since 2005 and wanna know the cost is for a lawyer

    Julie’s Answer

    Attorneys will usually charge you at an hourly rate for divorce work, though some will provide you with a flat fee rate. You should call a couple of attorneys in your area and ask them what they charge.

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  • Will my child support obligation decrease once my wife has our child?

    I currently pay child support for my son and was wondering if that obligation will be decreased once my wife gives birth to our child? It's a change of circumstance but I don't know how the Pennsylvania child support guidelines are set up.

    Julie’s Answer

    If you have an additional child the court will consider whether or not you can afford your current order. There is no strict calculation on this matter. You should schedule s consultation with an attorney.

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  • Will I have to give visitation after my daughter's father broke probation for the third time?

    I have a daughter with a man who has been in jail 3 times over the last 3 years, the first time for drugs and DUIs, the second and third for breaking probation. He and the judge bullied me into allowing him once-weekly visits, but upon him missing...

    Julie’s Answer

    You need to contact a lawyer. The laws about relocating when there is a current order are very strict in PA. The court does have the ability to order you to return the child to PA. A lawyer can help you prepare for the upcoming legal battle and protect your daughter.

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