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Jeanne B. Costopoulos

Jeanne Costopoulos’s Answers

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  • Can my wife's bipolar disorder diagnosed 12 years ago be used to defend myself against her wishes to relocate 4 hours away?

    Wife and I have been separated since November 2014 and we have a 60/40 custody arrangement pending a relocation hearing. She lost her job recently and wants to move 4 hours away with our 3 teenage kids (away from their father) to live with brothe...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    Not really. Unless the 60/40 arrangement has been a disaster due to her currently exhibiting bipolar symptoms then I don't see it as having a huge impact on the outcome of the case.

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  • Is it legal for a School to not follow a custody order and accept a child when the order is for a different School district?

    Order says Parties agree child shall remain in School District X while School District Y says its a custody issue it does not involve us she will continue going here. They have continually confused the states Rules on Physical vs Legal and b...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    Unless the school is a party to the case, it is not subject to the court order, only the parties are.

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  • How long does it take to establish residency and jurisdiction with regard to a new born custody case?

    I am relocating to PA in a few weeks. I am currently 6 months pregnant my husband recently served me divorce papers. I am trying to figure out which state I should obtain a lawyer to respond.

    Jeanne’s Answer

    If the baby is born in PA then PA would be the only place with jurisdiction of a custody case. If the baby is born where you are now, then you may need to file there to get court permission to relocate to PA with the baby. If the divorce has been filed somewhere else, you will need an attorney there to represent you for divorce only.

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  • Can one parent file Power of Attorney without the other parent's permission?

    I want to give my fiancé Power of Attorney over my children because she is the one who takes them to the majority of their doctor/dental appointments and is paying for those items. The children's mother has joint custody but doesn't see them regu...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    i would say to give a POA a try under the circumstances. There is a possibility that the doctor's office and other places might not recognize it if they don't have the mother's okay, but I doubt you would get in too much trouble with the court if the mother found out about it and complained since by her behavior of stepping out of the picture she put you in a situation where you would even need the POA.

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  • Must I file a response to my Wife's Answer & Counterclaim in divorce?

    I filed for divorce. My wife filed an answer & counterclaim seeking alimony, alimony pendente lite, costs, expenses, and counsel fees. I already had a spousal support hearing where I was required to pay support. Must I file a response to her ans...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    You only need to file a response if you have been separated for more than two years and your spouse is trying to establish grounds for divorce without your consent. Otherwise, you need not file a response to the pleadings.

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  • My fiance me a disagreement and he try to choke me and the cop were call and locked up and charge with a fenoly.

    I what to drop the charges how do I go but that?

    Jeanne’s Answer

    It is not up to you to drop the charges, only the district attorney has the authority to drop charges. It is Commonwealth vs. the defendant, not you vs. the defenant like in a civil case. The district attorney's office does not want people roaming the streets who cannot be trusted not to try to choke people over disagreements so they may not be agreeable to dropping the charges on behalf of the Commonwealth. You are merely a witness to the charges, not the person who decides whether or not charges will be filed or withdrawn.

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  • If a family has a history of incest (father & Daughter barring a child together ) will it be easy for them to get 50/50 custody

    My daughters father wants 50/50 but I dont want him nor his family around her unsupervised due to them hidding there father molesting there sister from age of 7 till 19 and and they barred a child and then family made police report , Will judges c...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    Yes, it will be a factor. Anything can be presented that is relevant to the best interests of the child.

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  • Do I need an attorney to get custody transferred from a family member who has custody of my grandchild in MD and I live in PA?

    My granddaughter had been a dependent of the State of PA. Her paternal great aunt was awarded custody and moved her to MD to live. Circumstances have changed as the aunt separated from her longtime paramour. She now has no means of support and my ...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    Which court issued the last custody order? Where has the child resided for the past six months? Is the child still a dependent of PA? If the child is no longer a dependent a custody agreement could be signed by all parties which could then be submitted to the court to be adopted as a court order.

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  • Custody?

    My daughter is 15 and she was raped and is currently 30 weeks pregnant with a baby girl. The rapist is thankfully in jail. My daughter has a boyfriend and is planning on using his last name for the babies is there any legal way I can put a stop to...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    You cannot prevent her from naming her boyfriend on the birth certificate if he consents to be on it. Regarding custody, she and the father (or boyfriend if he's the one on the birth certificate) can sign a custody agreement giving you custody, which can be modified by agreement or by court order. If she doesn't want to sign over custody voluntarily and she doesn't reside with you then you can file a custody complaint against your daughter and the father. In such case, you would have the burden of proving she is not capable of caring for the baby herself.

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  • I I am the victim of a simple assault. I don't want to testify and tried getting him back home.

    Talked with th district magistrate of SusquehannaTownship and he would not let him come home. If I am subpenaed if I don't show up will that be good for the person charged. Can the victim get in trouble if she does not show for court date. This is...

    Jeanne’s Answer

    You could try to avoid service of the subpoena, but it is best to show up. If you are a victim you should get counseling to find out why you think so little of yourself that you will defend someone who has physically harmed you.

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