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Jeanne B. Costopoulos

Mechanicsburg Child Custody Lawyer.

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  1. Can I file for spousal support?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. David Raymond Mahood
    3. Dean George Tsourakis
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes, you can file for spousal support. You can also contact his commanding officer about his lack of support and the situation regarding the car and he may be directed to cooperate.

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  2. When I sign papers for divorcee and its uncontested how long do I have to wait for it to be final?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. Lidia L. Alperovich
    3. Scheherazade B Rastegar-Djavahery
    3 lawyer answers

    It depends which papers you are signing. Are you signing the papers accepting service of the complaint? If so, you must wait 90 days from the date you sign the acceptance of service and then the filing attorney will provide additional paperwork to sign before a divorce can be finalized. If you are signing an affidavit of consent and waiver of notice of intention, then once you sign those and the other party signs similar documents, then the attorney will need to draft a praecipe to transmit...

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  3. How is the custodial and non-custodial parent determined when you have a joint physical custody agreement?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. Kathryn L. Hilbush
    3. Susan J. Vandegrift
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    It does not matter what your custody order says, domestic relations will look at the percentage of overnights the child is actually spending at each of your homes. You should bring in a calendar and be prepared to show which overnights you had custody. Even if you have seven of every 14 overnights, you may still be required to pay support if the other parent makes less money, but the amount will be reduced from the full amount to account for the shared custody schedule.

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  4. Can I get an annulment?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. Jacob Ryan Lauser
    3. Reid A Seino
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    23 Pa.C.S.A. § 3305. Grounds for annulment of voidable marriages (a) General rule.--The marriage of a person shall be deemed voidable and subject to annulment in the following cases: (4) Where either party to the marriage was at the time of the marriage and still is naturally and incurably impotent unless the condition was known to the other party prior to the marriage. You may have a difficult time proving that he was naturally and incurably impotent if you admit that he was not impotent...

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  5. Voluntarily relinquish parental rights

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. Debra Rae Mehaffie
    3. Lee Alan Thompson
    4. Michelle Ericka Goldstein
    4 lawyer answers

    The father should sign a consent to adopt form and then you and your husband will file a petition to confirm consent. Once his rights are terminated, your husband will file a petition for adoption. All filings would be filed with the Clerk of Orphans Clerk in the York County Judicial Center on N. George Street. I have added a link below to view the forms on the Clerk's website.

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  6. Do I take my half of assets, file, and be on my way. Also, can many or most legal matters be handled long distance ...

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. David Raymond Mahood
    2 lawyer answers

    You can move and take half of your assets and file for divorce an be on your way, but jurisdiction would still be here. Therefore, it is possible you would have to go back and forth to appear for hearings if anything is contested by your spouse. It would be solely up to the assigned judge whether or not to grant a petition filed by your attorney to permit you to testify via telephone or video, etc. and if the judge says no then you would need to appear. Obviously, if your situation is hugely...

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  7. Do I need to Refile for divorce?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. John Michael Phillips
    3. David Alexander Browde
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    Unless she withdrew the complaint then it is still pending. If it has been after 90 days since you were served (and you were served within 30 days of the original filing of the complaint), then it is ripe for finalizing. Did an attorney file the complaint on her behalf? If so, you should contact the attorney to see what the hold up is. You each need to sign affidavits of consent of waivers of notice and then the filing attorney needs to file a praecipe to transmit the record. If she...

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  8. I was just granted full physical custody of my son. His mother is now threatening to appeal the decision. Will I have to pay?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. Michelle Ericka Goldstein
    3. Kathryn L. Hilbush
    4. Irena Shiloh
    4 lawyer answers

    To file an appeal to the PA Superior Court, she will need to file a Notice of Appeal with the Prothonotary. She will be required to file a concise statement of matters complained of on appeal. A transcript of the hearing will be prepared. She will also be required to file a brief with the reproduced record. You will also be scheduled to complete a docketing statement and draft and file a brief. An appeal deals solely with the issue of whether or not the judge committed an abuse of...

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  9. How long, at the least, does a divorce take to be finalized in PA?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. Kathy Jean Bloom
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    For a consensual divorce with no economic claims, 90 days is the mandatory waiting period between the date he is served with the divorce complaint and the date you sign affidavits and waivers and submit a praecipe to transmit the record so it's actually a little longer than 90 days because you need to count the time for drafting and filing and serving the complaint as well as submission of documents at the end of the 90 days then waiting for a judge to sign the divorce decree once everything...

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  10. Doesn't my soon to be ex-husband have to tell me who is watching our children when they are suppose to be with him?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. Brian Edward Sipe
    3. David Alexander Browde
    3 lawyer answers

    He does not have to do anything that is not required by a court order. If there is not court order, then if the kids are left with him he can choose any babysitter he wants. If you are concerned about who is watching them then you should not be leaving them with him as he does not appear to be qualified to make decisions in the children's best interests. You will hurt your custody case later if you currently overlook the fact that he's an addict just because you want a free sitter. You are...

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