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Alyssa Harland Knisely

Harrisburg Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Can one spouse take property purchased by the other spouse's parents as a gift to the children?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Alyssa Harland Knisely
    2. Sheryl R Rentz
    3. Carmine John Giardino
    3 lawyer answers

    The beds were given as a gift and therefore, owned by the parties. As such, they are subject to equitable distribution in the divorce. I would have his lawyer deal with this issue directly with your soon to be ex daughter in law.

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  2. Does he have a case? And will he get the Emergency custody ?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Alyssa Harland Knisely
    2. Sheryl R Rentz
    3. Jay Bodzin
    4. Karen Tallent Munzer
    4 lawyer answers

    I'm assuming based on the facts that we feel the mother has been physically abusive? If there are physical signs, take photos in a well lit area. Contact the police. If no signs of abuse, then have her seen by a counselor. Tell the mother you're doing it. She has shared legal custody. Have your suspicions verified by a credible third party. If you do, your case for emergency relief will be much stronger.

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  3. My husband left me and my kids to be with a woman hes having affair with. Can i keep him from taking my kids around her?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Alyssa Harland Knisely
    1 lawyer answer

    You should file a custody action and demand that no contact with his paramour be made a part of the order. I will say, that unless the paramour is a sex offender or an extremely negative influence on the kids, the likelihood that the court will grant your request is slim. Kids may be affected negatively by exposure to a parent's new significant other. However, at some point, the children are going to have to be exposed to the fact that mom and dad are no longer together and that someone new...

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  4. Can somebody in jail still sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity Form?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Alyssa Harland Knisely
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    The fact that he is in jail is of no moment to your case. If the putative father wants to acknowledge paternity to a court, he may do so. By agreeing to be on the child's birth certificate, he has acknowledged paternity and will be forever estopped from disclaiming paternity after 60 days have passed from the date of acknowledgement pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S.A. § 5103 (relating to child custody and paternity). The Department of Public Welfare has these acknowledgement forms available and may...

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  5. My background check shows retail theft from when I was a minor. How is this so?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Forest Dean Morgan
    2. Robert C. Keller
    3. Alyssa Harland Knisely
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleagues, the summary citation is not sealed. However, you may file a petition to have your record expunged as a juvenile if you have been free of all criminal activity for 5 years from the date of the summary conviction.

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  6. Can teachers disclose students' information without consent of the parents?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Alyssa Harland Knisely
    1 lawyer answer

    The Federal Educational Orivacy Rights Act prohibits public school disclosure of student information, such as grades, physical exam results, disciplinary records and other "non-directory" information. So, the short answer is that the school or it's agent, a teacher, should not be sharing this information with a third party. Things however, get murky when that third party is also working at the school and may have routine access to such information. I doubt there's a violation in this instance....

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  7. I need to find out who has custody of me.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Alyssa Harland Knisely
    1 lawyer answer

    Destiny- The easiest way to find out is to ask one of your parents. However, if you cannot ask parent, you may want to contact your county clerk's or prothonotary's office to have them do a name search for either one of your parents' names. They may be able to provide you with a copy of any custody orders entered on the record.

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  8. Can I sue my ex wife civilly?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Alyssa Harland Knisely
    2. Carmine John Giardino
    2 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately, there's no proper civil action to bring. This is a classic example of paternity by estoppel. Even if you wanted to be declared "not the father" you could not. I don't care if you had a 1000 DNA tests to prove it.

  9. How is 'net income' defined in the state of Pennsylvania for use in caculating Child Support?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Alyssa Harland Knisely
    2. Sheryl R Rentz
    2 lawyer answers

    Net income is gross income less any and all mandatory deductions. Taxes, union dues, health insurance premiums, pension/ retirement account contributions all may be mandatory and thus reduce gross income.

  10. Will my children be taken from me for getting self help from a drug rehab? I want to be the best mother for them.. WHAT TO DO???

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Alyssa Harland Knisely
    2. Jake Kathleen Marcus
    2 lawyer answers

    It sounds like you need to get clean all over again. Unfortunately, you will judged on your past behavior. You need to work with CNY and avoid drugs, stay clean and attend all required classes.