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Randi Joy Silverman

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  • Is there such a thing as Palimony in Pennsylvania?

    Wife makes about 95,000/year husband makes about 30,000/year. Husband is depended on wives income for his lifestyle. Husband is 55 years old wife is 53. Husband can't retire until 62.

    Randi’s Answer

    I will assume that you are referring to alimony. Yes, the divorce code provides for the payment of alimony after the divorce and financial issues are resolved. However, there are other factors that are taken into consideration in determining whether alimony should be awarded. In most counties, alimony is rare if there are assets or there is cash available to be transferred to the spouse that earns less money. You should speak with an experienced family law attorney to discuss your case.

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  • If I file for a divorce, can my spouse sue me for support?

    My spouse has not worked since 2011 and is trying to get disability for the 4th time.

    Randi’s Answer

    Your spouse can file for support, but whether he/she will be successful depends on a number of factors, including whether she has an earning capacity. You will need to consult with an experienced family law attorney for a more detailed explanation.

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  • If I went to a Judge would he or she grant my Grandparents custody of me?

    I am 16 and I found out I am pregnant. I told my mother that I am pregnant and she kicked me out of her house (my mother has legal full custody of me). I have been living with my grandmother ever since my mom kicked me out. My grandmother and gran...

    Randi’s Answer

    Since you have been living with your grandparents and your mother told you to leave, I think that the Somerset Judge would be receptive to your request. Your grandparents should make an appointment with an experienced family law attorney to discuss this matter.

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  • Must I attend an All Counts conference if spouse filed for divorce 4 months ago? (Pa)

    I ignored the divorce papers as to thinking spouse was not serious and I do not want divorce at this point. I thought I had 2 years before I could be forced into this. Must I attend this Counsel already?

    Randi’s Answer

    First, you need to hire an experienced family law attorney right away so that your rights are protected in this process. Second, you must attend the hearing or you risk the case going forward without you.

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  • How can I get set visitation with my 13 year old son, who his mom moved out of state?

    We have no set custody agreement, a few years ago, she said she was going to visit family in Florida and never came back. I was seeing him in summers and holidays but it has been getting less and less. I just want set visitatuon, maybe he st...

    Randi’s Answer

    Because the child has lived in Florida for more than 6 months, you wil have to file a custody action in the Florida county where the children live. You can go back to the "Find a Lawyer" tab and look for an experienced family law attorney in Florida.

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  • What are my rights if my wife takes our child to Russia and refuses to bring the child back.

    My wife is a Russian citizen with an American green card. I am an American citizen. Our child ( 3 years old) is an American citizen. My wife wants to get our child dual citizenship because we go to Russia every year and it will save on visa costs....

    Randi’s Answer

    I would strongly recommend that you contact an attorney in Philadelphia County who is experienced with Hague Convention and jurisdiction issues. You must act quickly!

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  • How can I set up a prenuptial agreement?

    I am engaged to be married, and we would like to set up a prenuptial agreement.

    Randi’s Answer

    In order for a Prenuptial Agreement to be valid, there must be a full and fair disclosure of assets and reasonable estimates of value. Also, there are several issues and considerations that must be discussed and agreed upon. For example, some agreements preclude the payment of all forms of spousal support and alimony if the parties separate while others do not. Estate issues must be addressed as well. I would urge each of you to retain experienced family law attorneys well before the wedding to negotiate the terms of the Agreement.

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  • Do you I need a lawyer even if Cys gave me custody of my daughter?

    My ex husband tried putting our daughter in placement (foster care) back on Halloween 2014 and Cys gave me custody of her. She's 8 and wants to stay with me, is she old enough for the courts to let her choose? Also he's done 3 times now but this i...

    Randi’s Answer

    Although the child's preference is only 1 of 16 factors that the court must consider in an award of custody, the court in Cambria County will typically place a fair amount of weight on the child's preference if the child is mature and can express good reasons for their preference. It sounds like CYS will support your efforts to retain custody of the child, so you should consider having the caseworker testify on your behalf. If there is going to be a hearing, you should retain an experienced family law attorney to represent you. Your chances of success increase significantly if you have an attorney.

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  • How do i expose a sociopath in court for custody?

    I know it may sound crazy but the other party has exhibited all of the signs. And i feel that he is very detrimental to the well being of my child but because they are master liars and emotionless and can come off as charismatic its hard forto get...

    Randi’s Answer

    You can describe the behaviors that concern you, but the best way to expose a mental or personality disorder is through expert testimony. You have the right to seek a court order forcing him to be evaluated, but you will likely have to pay for it and the costs can be substantial.

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  • Deposition for Child and Spousal Support

    I have a deposition scheduled for spousal and child support because my ex appealed my appeal for attempting to reduce the support money. She is offering a reduced dollar amount for the support to avoid the deposition. I'm understanding that these ...

    Randi’s Answer

    If you have been through court proceedings, I am assuming that you have an attorney. Therefore, you should ask his/her advice because they will be in the best position to advise you. There are several factors that need to be considered. Sometimes it is best to resolve the case by agreement because of the costs, but it will depend on whether a fair agreement can be reached. If not, you may not have a choice.

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