Skip to main content
Laura Kaye Robbins

Laura Robbins’s Answers

80 total


  • In PA what is the legal age when a child can decide which parent they want to live with?

    i was just curious because my husband has 5050 of his to girls and we herd their mother was talking about the girls choosing at a certain age.

    Laura’s Answer

    There is no set legal age where the girls can choose. However, and the children get older, their opinion, provided it is well-reasoned, holds more weight with the Court.

    See question 
  • Are there grounds for not granting a no-fault, uncontested divorce if both parties agree?

    I filed all the paperwork for a no-fault, uncontested divorce and my ex complied. However, now we are worried that it might be denied because some of the dates might disagree on the forms. He submitted and signed all of the forms, but didn't put d...

    Laura’s Answer

    Divorces cannot be granted until 90 days after service of the Divorce Complaint. So yes, the date can affect things, especially if you attempted to file the Waiver and Affidavit too soon after the date of service listed.

    See question 
  • Can a mother share a one bed room apartment with her 7yr old daughter?

    I have shared custody of my 7 yr old daughter. Don't know that I can afford a two bed room.

    Laura’s Answer

    There's nothing illegal about it. However, if father wishes to challenge the shared custody order, he could try and make an issue out of it. If he tries to modify custody based upon this, I would seek legal representation.

    See question 
  • My child got bit by her fathers dog, while at his house.I have medical bills that he's stating he's not paying.Whos responsible?

    My daugther was with her father for the weekend and his dog bit her. She had to go to the ER and a plastic surgeon stich her forehead. I have medical bills that he stated he's not paying, since he pays child support.

    Laura’s Answer

    Medical bills should have been covered in your support order. I would suggest you call Domestic Relations in your county and ask them how you can officially submit them. Keep after Domestic Relations - they can charge him with contempt and make him pay these bills, so long as there is a provision in your order for it, which there usually is. If there's not, you may want to consider modifying the support order. Another route would be to modify custody to get him to pay, since it's his fault. i would suggest you speak with a qualified attorney to choose the best option.

    See question 
  • Ex-employer filed a petition appealing my UC benefits to the commonwealth court. Is there anything I need to do?

    My ex-employer filed a petition appealing my UC benefits I had reversed to the commonwealth court of PA. Is there anything I need to do? I read that the commonwealth court has to except the petition before anything can proceed to court. I'm not 10...

    Laura’s Answer

    I agree. Retain a qualified attorney.

    See question 
  • I have been divorced for 8 years. My 16 year-old daughter doesn't want to visit her dad 1 1/2 hrs away every other weekend

    My daughter lives with me and is supposed to spend every other weekend with her dad, but he now lives 1 1/2 hrs away and she is 16 years old, and she hates giving up her social life every other weekend. Her dad gets very angry when she asks to com...

    Laura’s Answer

    I would suggest filing a petition to modify custody so that you can change the custody order to one that is in your daughter's best interest.

    See question 
  • Is this worth fighting for? I'm being wrongfully evicted over dv?

    Me and my 3kids live in a subsidized section 8 apartment. My sons father was added to my lease 5months ago,and we recently had a violent incident at our house. (he hit me,pushed me down the stairs,barricaded himself and our son in a bedroom,and as...

    Laura’s Answer

    I believe the Violence against Women Act prevents these types of evictions. I would contact your local legal aid office, as they handle eviction appeals. By the way, is your landlord only trying to evict you, or is section 8 trying to get rid of your voucher?

    See question 
  • How do I go about a custody hearing?

    I am a young mother, I was 14 was I got pregnant. Now my daughter is going to be starting school next year. I want to take her father back to court for sole legal and physical custody. Neither her father or I finished high school. I am unemployed,...

    Laura’s Answer

    You should have a consultation with an experienced family law attorney to go over your unique situation. By conducting a full analysis or your situation, the attorney can let you know what your chances are.

    See question 
  • Will I be able to obtain Child Support from my Son-in-Law?

    My daughter passed away three years ago. My daughter and her husband were separated before she passed away. She never received any child support for her daughter. Her only child (my granddaughter) lives with me. I filed for support in Oct. of 20...

    Laura’s Answer

    He is wrong. Under Pennsylvania Law, you should receive child support.

    See question 
  • What can be done if father appears to be high when meeting to pick up or drop off child?

    It has been on a few occasions that Father has been visibly high when meeting to pick up or drop off our son. From our past and first appearance in court (with failed drug test) it is evident that he has continuing marijuana abuse issues.

    Laura’s Answer

    I would consult an attorney about this situation. There are a variety of options, such as calling the police and having the police examine him before handing over your child, petitioning the court for random drug tests, taking a witness with you to exchanges, etc. You should fully discuss your situation with an attorney to see which option is best for you, given all the facts of your particular case.

    See question