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Jeanne B. Costopoulos

Mechanicsburg Child Custody Lawyer.

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  1. During a divorce can a spouse file for custody of the family dog? Does it even matter I can prove that I paid for the pooch?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. James W. Zerillo
    3. David Alexander Browde
    4. Julie Rebecca Colton
    4 lawyer answers

    Altough many people (including me) treat their pets better than some people treat their children, the court system treats them as just another asset subject to distribution, like a piece of furniture. You can certainly litigate that the dog be awarded to you, which could include a special relief petition for advance distribution (preliminary award of the dog to you prior to a final distribution of the remainder of the marital estate).

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  2. Can I get divorced even though we own a home together?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. Kathryn L. Hilbush
    3. Susan Ellen Grosh
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    You can get divorced even though you own a home together but it might not be a good idea to do so. If you get divorced without addressing equitable distribution of the marital estate, then the pension will remain entirely yours since it is in your name solely and the house would be owned by the two of you as tenants in common and one of you would need to file a partition action in order to decide who would get the house and how much, if anything, the other would be owed based primarily on who...

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  3. My wife left me and I am in financial hardship I do work I do not have money to start divorce and she has not filed....I

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. Gary D. Bollinger
    3. Alan D. Walton
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    You can get a referral through the Cumberland County Bar Association for a consultation with an attorney for $25.00. Beware of filing bankruptcy if any of your debts are in joint names with your wife because you be ordered in the divorce case to pay your wife for debts you discharged in bankruptcy if the creditors go after her.

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  4. My husband isn't paying me the full amount he is bound to? Can I sue him for it?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. John Naumovski
    3. Peter Russo
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    It depends what divorce papers you are referring to. If you have a court order that says you get the entire BAH every month starting on a particular date and he has not complied with the court order, then you can file a petition for contempt of the order. If there is a marital settlement agreement stating that he is to pay the entire BAH and he has breached the agreement, you can file a petition to enforce the settlement agreement. If he simply made statements at a domestic relations...

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  5. If the judge in my custody case sees my behavior as "spiteful" will she award primary custody to their father?

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. Brian Edward Sipe
    3. Julie Rebecca Colton
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    Do what is in the child's best interest regardless of what is in your own best interest and you will be held in higher esteem in the eyes of your child and the eyes of the judge. Immature games of spite are a bad example to your child and may cause the father and his side of the family to bad-mouth you to the child which is awkward and disheartening for the child. If the father is self-centered and puts his own needs first the child surely doesn't need his mother to be that way, too.

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  6. My son is turning 14 he wants to live with my wife and i what can i do about one little problem? Her mental abuse!

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. Tracy Marie Sheffer
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    You can never truly protect a child from stupid remarks and guilt trips offered by a selfish parent. A court order will not change who the person is, but will only attempt to limit the undesired behavior. If specific language is added to the court order prohibiting such behavior and she still does it, then your recourse would be to file a petition for contempt in which you ask the judge to fine her, make her pay your lawyer fees, or put her in jail. However, in custody cases judges often do...

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  7. Can an ex spouse ask for alimony after 2 years divorced and it was uncontested

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. William A. Jones Jr.
    3. Hillary Johns
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    No claims of any kind can be raised after a divorce has been finalized. All claims must be raised or preserved prior to the divorce decree being signed by a judge. Litigation after divorce is typically limited to enforcement of court orders entered during the divorce case that divided assets and debts and/or awarded alimony.

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  8. What are the legal consequences of moving out with the kids when the other spouse asks for a separation?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. Scott L Levine
    3. Brian Edward Sipe
    4. Julie Rebecca Colton
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    Do you rent or is there a mortgage? If you own the home, do you ultimately want to reside there with the children once the case is over? Unless there is a threat of violence requiring immediate action, you should consult with an experienced attorney to review the specifics of your situation before you do anything so that you can properly plan the best action instead of acting impulsively now and then later regretting your decision. Be well informed and formulate a workable plan BEFORE you act.

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  9. I have been seperated for 7 years. We had no mutual property and I want to file for divorse. She is unwilling to sign

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. Susan Ellen Grosh
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    You can file for divorce under section (d) of the Divorce Code which is based on the grounds that you have been living separate and apart for a period greater than 2 years. After being served with the pleadings, she will have 20 days to file actual claims or deny that you have been separated for over two years. If she doesn't, you then will serve her with another document notifying her that you intend to request a divorce decree. If she still doesn't file claims or contest the two years by...

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  10. My ex husband is trying to get out of our Property settlement 14 years after divorce .

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Jeanne B. Costopoulos
    2. Kathryn L. Hilbush
    3. Joseph Ray Williams
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    If there is a marital settlement agreement stating that he is to pay one third of the college expenses, then he will be bound by it. if he refuses, you will need to file a petition to enforce settlement agreement.

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