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Jeanne B. Costopoulos

Jeanne Costopoulos’s Answers

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  • In petitioning the courts for alimony how is the amount given determined

    No assets child is grown. Together for 34 years married for 24 years. Breach of trust, abandonment, mental and emotional abuse, adultery, Asking for alimony, pet support, half of retirement, health insurance , half of life insurance. I feel...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    There are several factors that are considered and it is impossible to ever predict the outcome, but the outcome of both equitable distribution and alimony heavily depend on your incomes and abilities to earn money and acquire assets in the future. His faults and mistreatment of you will not have any effect on the economic portion of the case, only on your right to be divorced from him.

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  • In petitioning the courts for alimony how is the amount given determined

    No assets child is grown. Together for 34 years married for 24 years. Breach of trust, abandonment, mental and emotional abuse, adultery, Asking for alimony, pet support, half of retirement, health insurance , half of life insurance. I feel...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    There are several factors that are considered and it is impossible to ever predict the outcome, but the outcome of both equitable distribution and alimony heavily depend on your incomes and abilities to earn money and acquire assets in the future. His faults and mistreatment of you will not have any effect on the economic portion of the case, only on your right to be divorced from him.

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  • What do I do?

    I have acourtorderwith my sons mother to pick himup in summer.he lives in tn and I live in pa.i drove the whole way to get him only to find out he no longer lves there.they have moved out, his mother blocked my phone, and I have no idea where to i...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    You can contact the police where she used to reside in Tennessee and try to file criminal charges for wrongful concealment of a child or other applicable charge. Otherwise, you will need to save money for a private investigator to find her and an attorney to draft and file a petition against her.

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  • Can I petition the court to speak directly to my daughter about where she wants to live?

    My daughter is 15 and she wants to come live with me but her mother will not allow her to. She just tells me to take her back to court for custody. Can I petition the court to talk directly to my daughter about what she wants? Will the judge take ...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    You should file a petition to modify custody. The case will then be scheduled for a conciliation conference at which time the conciliator will sometimes speak to your daughter. If the case cannot be settled at the conference, it will be scheduled before a judge for a hearing at which time the judge may interview your daughter in chambers in the presence of a court reporter and sometimes the attorneys.

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  • What counts as shared custody?

    We just got a court order drawn up, and I have 14 days a month versus mothers 16 days a month. Would that be considered shared custody?

    Jeanne’s Answer

    Yes, if you have 14 days every month of the year then you have 46% custody which is considered shared. However, for support purposes the parent making more money will still pay child support but at a reduced rate.

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  • Custody support amount question.

    If one is paying roughly $1300 per month based on primary custody, and then after a court order, it becomes 50/50 shared custody, how much is the monthly support likely to go down?

    Jeanne’s Answer

    A 50/50 custody arrangement should result in about a 20% reduction in child support.

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  • Divorce without a settlement

    Is it possible to get a divorce and drag on the settlement issue so that there is no property settlement?

    Jeanne’s Answer

    Eventually there will need to be a property settlement regardless of whether or not the divorce is bifurcated from the economic portion of the case. Also, sometimes judges are reluctant to grant a bifurcation because it takes away incentive to proceed with the financial aspect of the case.

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  • Can moving out before a divorce is motion affect custody if there is an agreement between parents already

    My spouse and I are getting a divorce, nothing has been filed yet, my question is,I am looking for elsewhere to live, if I move out before the divorce is in motion will that effect my custody situation, right now we have a 2 days on, 2 days off th...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    It sounds as though one of you has already moved out if you already have a custody schedule in place. As long as you are moving close by such as not to affect the schedule, then it should not make a difference. You should both sign a formal custody agreement and file it with the court as soon as possible.

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  • Did the police violate my sons rights regarding a pfa?

    I took my son to his moms house. His mom has a pfa against her current husband and my son is listed as "protected" on the pfa. When we arrived at his house the husband was inside. I refused to allow my son to go in and called 911. While on the p...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    The police cannot violate your son's rights regarding the PFA because they are not parties to the PFA. It is within the discretion of the police or the DA's office whether or not to charge your son's step-father with indirect criminal contempt for violating the PFA. You can attempt to file a private criminal complaint in the event the ICC is not charged.

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