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Randi Joy Silverman

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  • Is it legal for a woman who lost custody of all 6 of her children for sexual abuse take custody of someone elses child?

    this woman lost all of her kids for her boyfriend sexually abusing them and she refuses to give my friends child back to her she went and got temporary custody order because my friend was a drug addict but she is now in treatment and doing great a...

    Randi’s Answer

    Your friend needs to hire an experienced family law attorney to determine whether she should file a Petition to regain cucustody of her child. If the person who currently has custody of the child was able to obtain a court order, that person did not "take" custody of the child. Perhaps the court was not fully informed of the history of the person who no currently has custody of the child when the order was entered or you are misinformed about that person's background, but your friend's attorney will look into all of the facts.

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  • Can I file a PFA for being harassed through a text message?

    He is my future ex-husband and we are going through a divorce and have a custody order in place. He keeps getting random numbers through texting websites and texting my phone harrassing me. If I can't get a PFA how do I get it to stop?

    Randi’s Answer

    Unless he is threatening to physically harm you, you most likely cannot get a PFA Order. However, you should show the text messages to your attorney as he/she can contact his attorney or him if he is unrepresentative to insist that he discontinue this behavior. If he refused, you have the option of showing the messages to the police to determine whether they will tell him to stop or if they will file charges against him for harassment. Regardless, you should speak with your attorney before taking any action.

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  • Please help answer my problem

    I filed for a two year seperation and she wont sign the papers. What can I do to make the divorce become final. The courts wont help and tell me all different stories every time I go up to the courthouse. Can you please tell me what to do. Thank y...

    Randi’s Answer

    If you have been separated for two years, you can file for a Master in order to finalize your case. However, you should retain an experienced family law attorney to give you more specific advice. Perhaps he/she can resolve your case by agreement without having to go that route.

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  • If I drop domestic abuse charges against my husband, will the state still charge him?

    The borough officer who arrested my husband said I can drop these charges but I'm wondering if he will still be charged my the state or does it depend?

    Randi’s Answer

    It is up to the discretion of the police officer as to whether they wish to pursue any criminal charges that are filed. I hope that you think very carefully before you withdraw the charges against your husband. If there is another incident, the police and the court could question your credibility. Also, you could be subjecting yourself to future incidents of abuse because you will no longer have protection. I would suggest that you speak with a counselor and an experienced family law attorney before you make any decisions.

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  • How can I change the counselor that my children go to with 50/50 custody?

    I am in the middle of a nasty divorce. I found out that I would not be able to get my daughters counseling without my soon to be ex-husband's consent and I knew he would never agree to it. So I was advised to get them into counseling before the ...

    Randi’s Answer

    You can't. Since you have shared legal custody, you must either have his consent or a court order. Under the circumstances, you should retain an experienced family law attorney in your area to file a Petition asking the court to intervene. If the counselor is refusing to permit you to participate and she has a conflict, a new counselor should be appointed.

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  • If i file for custody in bedford and then dropped it then my wife files later in another county will it remain in bedford

    we decided to work it out with marriage counseling and we still want to but she moved back to her parents

    Randi’s Answer

    Jurisdiction lies where the children have resided in the previous six months. Therefore, if her parents do not live in Bedford county and you agree for her to relocate out of the county with the children, she could file a custody action in the county where her parents reside if she has lived there for at least six months with the children. Consequently, you will need to weigh your options and speak with an experienced family law attorney in your area.

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  • What is partial custody and how do's it work

    is that saying my wife will have custody of our kids but on the weekends

    Randi’s Answer

    Partial custody means that a parent has the children in their care for less than fifty percent of the time and that the time that they spend with the children is unsupervised. Partial custody schedules vary from very specific to flexible, depending on the level of communication between the parents, the ages of the children, work and school schedules, etc. If you are in the process of working out a custody order, I would strongly recommend that you meet with an experienced family law attorney in your area.

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  • Can 18 year old still get child support from either spouse for college?

    my niece will turn 18 this Jan. 2. mother and father were never married and he pays support. mother says she will kick daughter out on her birthday because she is 18 and will no longer get support. my niece is going straight to college and was to...

    Randi’s Answer

    Unfortunately, the law in PA changed several years ago and there is no longer a right to sue parents for post high school educational support. The reason that you are not able to find information is because the case law was overturned a number of years ago and the statute that was enacted thereafter was deemed unconstitutional. Therefore, the law in PA is that child support ends upon age 18 or graduation from high school, whichever occurs last.

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  • I live in pa and my ex and daughter live in ms there is no custody order how do i go about getting visitation?

    i just want to be able to see my daughter in the summer and on breaks me and her mother do not get along and she has made it very difficult to maintain a relationship with her. i just dont know where to start to get the ball rolling

    Randi’s Answer

    Attorney Hilbush is absolutely right. Go to the find a lawyer tab and re-post your question to MS family law attorneys.

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  • I'm in a relationship with someone who was on Maegans law

    I'm in a custody battle with my daughter's father he took me to court because I was somebody who was on Megans law and he didn't want her around my daughter even though he has no restrictions so we went to court and the judge made a court order sa...

    Randi’s Answer

    Your question is unclear. However, in my experience, if you are involved with someone who must register under Megan's law, it is taken very seriously. There are going to be certain presumptions made by the court that there are safety issues and it will be very difficult to overcome that presumption. The custody statute requires the court to factor in the criminal backgrounds of the parents and those in their household. It is unlikely that a court will overlook that your fiancé is or was a Megan's law offender.

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