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Scott L Levine

Pittsburgh Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. I'm Pittsburgh in Allegheny County, PA. My husband has abandoned me. The deed to the house is in his name, can he sell the house

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Scott L Levine
    2. Kathryn L. Hilbush
    3. Brian Edward Sipe
    4. Robert John Carey
    5. Julie Rebecca Colton
    5 lawyer answers

    You could file for spousal support to address your immediate financial needs. You should also meet with a lawyer to review your options regarding preserving the martial assets including the home, and how to address the outstanding debts. They could also explain how filing for divorce with the appropriate counts could provide you with an opportunity to petition the court for special relief/injunctive relief regarding the martial property.

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  2. I was divorced in 2011 by uncontested no fault kit. Am I entitled to receive my spousal annuity after my ex is deceased?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Scott L Levine
    2. J. Richard Kulerski
    3. Asma Warsi Chaudry
    4. Susan Karnes Quirits
    4 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately, the time to ask this question was in 2011 before you signed anything. You should have spoken to a lawyer then to review your options and protect your rights. Now, two years later, having completed the process without a settlement agreement setting forth what you were to receive after the divorce, you are likely entitled to nothing at this time. You may still benefit from sitting down with local counsel to determine if there were any contracts, either written, oral or implied that...

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  3. At a modification hearing can my x try to drop his parental rights so he will not have to pay child support anymore?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Scott L Levine
    2. Randi Joy Silverman
    2 lawyer answers

    The short answer is No. In PA, a parent cannot voluntarily end their child support obligation simply by requesting a termination of their parental rights. A support order MAY be reduced if he shows a substantial change in circumstances including a material change in income. The court will require that he provide proof of his lower income, and you can challenge the requested reduction for various reasons including: if he voluntarily withdrew from the workforce; lowered his hours on...

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  4. I am filing my own divorce, and need help with my next step.

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Scott L Levine
    2. Kathryn L. Hilbush
    3. Brian Edward Sipe
    4. Rochelle S. Rabin
    5. Susan Ellen Grosh
    5 lawyer answers

    You’ve just illuminated a problem with DIY Divorce “kits.” A meeting with a local attorney could provide answers to all your questions; better yet, they could complete the filings for you correctly and prepare any appropriate custody documents.

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  5. If the father is paying support do I have to provide baby supplies for him when he has the child?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Scott L Levine
    2. Irena Shiloh
    3. Brian Edward Sipe
    3 lawyer answers

    Payment of Child Support is irrelevant with regard to whether Father has essential items for caring for the child. Your understanding is correct. He should have basic items such as: car seat; stroller; crib; clothes, diapers, wipes, bottles, formula etc. for when child is with him. There’s not a need to duplicate redundant items like a winter coat or shoes, but it is not your job to provide him with what he needs to provide proper care.

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  6. Do I have to notify custody court of marital status change?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Irena Shiloh
    2. Scott L Levine
    3. Jacob Ryan Lauser
    4. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    4 lawyer answers

    No. You only have to identify the new spouse on the Criminal History/Abuse Verification Form that you will need to file with your Modification Petition.

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  7. I am finally divorced. What for must I complete to change my name?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Scott L Levine
    2. David Alexander Browde
    3. Susan Ellen Grosh
    4. Rochelle S. Rabin
    4 lawyer answers

    You simply need to submit a Notice of Intention to Resume Prior Name as set forth in 54 Pa.C.S. Section 704. This is a very simple and requires only a nominal filing fee. The document usually goes to the county prothonotary and they will provide you with a final raised seal copy.

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  8. Why am I having a Equitable Distribution hearing?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Scott L Levine
    2. Robin Jean Gray
    3. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    3 lawyer answers

    You should repost this question for review by a North Carolina lawyer. Under PA law, typically Equitable Distribution is resolved prior to entry of the Final Divorce Decree, unless the matter has been bifurcated, which is increasingly rare.

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  9. How can I protect myself from being held responsible for my husband's future debt?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Scott L Levine
    2. Susan J. Vandegrift
    3. Debra Rae Mehaffie
    4. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    4 lawyer answers

    Contact a local attorney who can prepare a settlement agreement which specifically sets forth: your respective rights and obligations regarding past, present and future debts and assets.

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  10. How do the courts typically respond in a divorce action when one spouse is disabled and cannot work?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Scott L Levine
    2. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    3. L. Vincent Ramunno Jr.
    4. Karen Ann Ulmer
    4 lawyer answers

    Every case is different and will be fact specific. Medical insurance cannot be maintained for you following the entry of a final divorce, however, part of your settlement or final Order could be that husband continue paying for your independent medical coverage. There may be more options for you now with the new federal programs, with regard to coverage for preexisting condition. There are also differing degrees of RA severity and you will likely require expert testimony regarding this issue,...

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