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Paul Dominic Edger

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  • Will I get notified if any changes were made to my PFA.? Is the person who filed the PFA allowed to contact me?

    My boyfriend has a PFA on him from his ex-girlfriend. She said she dropped the "no contact rule" in the PFA, now that doesn't sound right to me, but im not a lawyer. So my question is if she makes any changes in the PFA will he be notified of the ...

    Paul’s Answer

    To answer the first part of your question, it is unlikely a change would be made to the PFA without your boyfriend knowing. Either he would need to appear in Court to agree to the amendment to the PFA, or he would be mailed a copy by the Court of the newly issued Order. He should not take her word that she made the changes - even if she gives him permission he can still be charged with contempt. If he has questions about the PFA, he should contact the attorney he had OR get a copy of the most recent PFA.

    As to your second question, PFAs do not constrain the Plaintiff (one seeking a PFA) from action. However, if she is willing and wants to talk to him, it shows she is not in fear and your boyfriend could file a motion to dismiss to show she is not in fear because she is able to speak with him. I would recommend your boyfriend get an attorney to assist him if he wants to move to dismiss the PFA against him.

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  • I have a final divorce decreae with out a attorney, we are still living in the same house.

    My wife has made false accusations against me in her petition stating that I harass her continuously therefore requesting the court to have me removed from the home until the next court date there is a PFA already pending for the same accusation w...

    Paul’s Answer

    You really should get a criminal defense attorney to assist you in the PFA matter, especially if she is attempting to evict you from the property. Sounds like she is trying to do it because she can't get you to leave under the divorce. Take everything to an attorney. If you cannot find one, contact the local bar association and they should have a referral service to get you in touch with an attorney. Good luck.

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  • My spouse was emotionally abusive & commits adultery to this day. Will this mental abuse have any factor as pain & suffering?

    My spouse bought another vehicle. This the 3rd one since leaving. I am not getting any help. No help with maintaining the house. I replaced 11 windows that were literally falling out. How do I keep from "getting screwed" so to speak. I never wante...

    Paul’s Answer

    Sounds like you need to file for divorce. Contact your local bar association and they should be able to get you in touch with an attorney.

    If you are filing for divorce and want to spend a lot of money and file fault divorce, which rarely occur anymore, then mental abuse may come up. If you want to just get the divorce over with, then mental abuse does not matter. If you are looking into a Protection from Abuse Order, then mental abuse is considered in the overall scheme.

    Good luck

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  • Can my parents get a restraining order or anything of the such that can keep me from seeing my boyfriend?

    awhile back, my boyfriend was doing drugs (still a minor at the time) and he hit me. ever since it has been court ordered that we have absolutely no association with each other until his probation ends. during this time, he turned 18 and i turned ...

    Paul’s Answer

    I agree with the prior answers provided - without too much more information I cannot give you a definitive answer. However, ask yourself, if he hit you in the past and had problems with drugs, why not move on? You are young. I am sure you have heard "There are plenty of fish in the sea." I see time and time again people excuse one action of violence in the past, and it just continues in the future.

    It sounds like he had a condition not to have any contact with you because of his criminal charges/probation. If that is the case and if he is still on probation he cannot communicate with you or face a probation violation. If a Protection from Abuse was entered, it is in effect until the expiration date. The only way to amend a PFA is to file for an amendment and ask the Court to do so. However, if you are not 18, only your parents can file it on your behalf. Just because you want something does not mean it is right.

    Ask yourself. You aren't even 18. Why not just find another guy? You are too young to know what you want - so expect your parents know what is best for you. However, if you are over 18, do what adults do and hire an attorney to review your facts and cases and they will give you an answer with hopefully some real world good advice.

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  • Do I have a civil case

    My mom's husband pressed charges against my daughter for a breaking a window even though he knew it was an accident. The next day he wanted to drop the charges but they had already been filed with the D.M. The hearing is next month and we've had t...

    Paul’s Answer

    You have an attorney. Ask your attorney.

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  • My husband was charged Domestic Violence I want the no contact order lifted and the charges dropped what can I do

    Me and my husband got into an argument cause one of his family members said I wouldn't take the kids over when they never asked he demanded I take them over the ne t day I said no so he threw a beer can at me and hit me in the head I got a big kno...

    Paul’s Answer

    It seems like what you are asking is already happening. The Judge is calling to ask you questions - if you tell the Judge you no longer want to pursue the action, it is unlikely he/she will grant a temporary order if you are stating you no longer want it. The Judge will inquire as to why you have changed your mind, especially if it is clear (and you admitted here) there was an injury you suffered. Be open and candid with the Judge - even if the Judge granted a temporary order just to be safe, you will have to go to court within 10 days about the action and you could officially withdraw it then. However, make sure withdrawing it is what you want. Just because things may be tough (him paying bills, etc) that can still continue even with having a PFA. Your safety is paramount and you shouldn't sacrifice your safety for convenience and ease.

    Contact an attorney near you to better review your action. Good luck.

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  • Is harassment against a parent considered domestic violence under federal law or PA law?

    i already asked this question but the answer i received had nothing to do with what i asked, so i will try again. at the time i was over 18, and temporarily living with my mother. my father had just passed away and my mom said some very nasty thin...

    Paul’s Answer

    The charge of harassment does not designate it was domestic violence. The situation itself absolutely was domestic violence. Whether this harassment charge will disqualify you from purchasing a weapon is better answered by a local attorney or your local Sheriff.

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  • Can someone make an anonymous tip concerning violation of a pfa?

    My fiancee has a pfa on her soon to be ex husband and he's been contacting her but she refuses to call in fear.

    Paul’s Answer

    I too strongly disagree with my colleague from Florida.

    In Pennsylvania, anyone can report to the police a violation of a Protection from Abuse. I have had many cases where the Defendant is "caught" because a neighbor happened to notice the Defendant at the home, or near the property, which was a violation. You can contact the police, however, whether it being "anonymous" or not may determine whether the police take the tip seriously. If you can do it by stating who you are, and encouraging your fiancé to be strong and truthfully answer the questions police likely will have (they will want her to confirm he did make contact, how, when, etc) then it will assist in the filing of indirect criminal contempt. If she has concerns, she should speak to her attorney who assisted in the filing of the PFA, or with victim services generally within the district attorney's office.

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  • Can I press charges against my father for sexual abuse?

    My father physically, mentally, and sexually abused me from a young age up until he and my mother divorced in 2010. I have never admitted to what he's done to me, and he's been falling back into abusive patterns such as threatening to stop paying...

    Paul’s Answer

    From what you described, it sounds like you are still within your time to file the action. However, where you file it (due to it being overseas, and sounds like during your father being in the military) may determine WHERE. I would strongly suggest you contact an attorney in your area, and together you and the attorney contact the police. You should report the abuse. Good luck!

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