Karen Ann Ulmer’s Answers

Karen Ann Ulmer

Langhorne Family Law Attorney.

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  1. My divorce was finalized 8/13. Our property settlement stipulates that his 401k was to be split 50/50.

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Karen Ann Ulmer
    2. Brian Edward Sipe
    3. Susan Ellen Grosh
    3 lawyer answers

    You need to look at the terms of your QDRO as well as his plan. Unless his company provides for a lump sum distribution, you may be waiting on a distribution until the terms of his plan allows you to take money. You need to contact the plan administrator, not him to find out. There may also be paperwork you need to fill out to have your share rolled over into your own account. The terms of your QDRO will determine if you collect earnings or gains. This is normally the case but again,...

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  2. I am finalizing my divorce in Bucks County and the Family Masters office said I needed a vital statistics form.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Karen Ann Ulmer
    2. James W. Zerillo
    3. Dawn Elizabeth Padanyi
    3 lawyer answers

    The form was attached below by my colleague. You can type it up and send it in to them with your problem notice. As long as that is all they are waiting for then the decree should follow.

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  3. Health of parents during custody dispute

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Karen Ann Ulmer
    2. Brian Edward Sipe
    3. Kathy Jean Bloom
    4. Julie Rebecca Colton
    4 lawyer answers

    There are plenty of parents who receive SSD who have primary custody of their children. The court looks at your ability to care for your children or to provide for adequate care. If your disability is an impediment to caring for your children it will be a factor. Since it does not sound like it is, I would not wait as most SSD claims are denied the first time and it can take awhile to be approved. It will also assist you in going for child support and spousal support as the court will use...

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  4. Partial Child Custody Judge

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Karen Ann Ulmer
    2. Laura Kaye Robbins
    3. Charles Thomas Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    You would need to file a Motion asking the Judge to Recuse himself and allege bias. Unfortunately, the trial judge who you are asking to be recused is the same judge that decides if he is biased. If he refuses to remove himself (as I would suspect), then you would have to file an appeal with the Superior Court and they would have to decide. If they decide he is not partial, and he remains on your case, it is likely to be worse for you as that person will continue to have control over the...

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  5. I was not properly served with child custody paperwork

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Michael Kuldiner
    2. Karen Ann Ulmer
    3. Howard M Lewis
    4. Stephen Ross Cohen
    5. Irena Shiloh
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Since you are aware of the proceeding you should go because you could be deemed served even if it is not proper. If it is a Master's conference they may reschedule it if the other side cannot prove service. If they lie, however, it will proceed without you. You can address the improper service when you are there. A master's conference only results in an order if you can agree, otherwise they will schedule it for a hearing on another date before a Judge.

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  6. Divorce lawyer

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Kathryn L. Hilbush
    2. Karen Ann Ulmer
    3. Lisa Marie Vari
    3 lawyer answers

    I am not sure what your question is but you will likely need to seek a divorce attorney if you cannot come to an agreement with him. Verbal agreements to waive assets are not enforceable so if he made a claim for assets you need to come to an agreement or a court will decide. Debts are already included as part of equitable distribution, however, make sure you have balances as of the date of the separation to prove the debt existed at the time.

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  7. I am doing my divorce Pro Se and the office where I sent my final divorce decree says that the address has to be "in caption".

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. James W. Zerillo
    2. Karen Ann Ulmer
    3. David Alexander Browde
    3 lawyer answers

    Look at the top of the divorce complaint above where it says Divorce Complaint and copy that onto the sheet above where it says decree. The addresses must be under each respective name such as Wife v. Husband. The caption is the area where it says Wife v. Husband, etc.

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  8. At what point does our daughter become emancipated from the custody agreement?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Kathryn L. Hilbush
    2. Karen Ann Ulmer
    3. Jacob Ryan Lauser
    3 lawyer answers

    Your daughter is no longer subject to the custody order once she is 18 regardless of whether or not she has finished high school. Support continues until she graduates from high school.

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  9. If self employede how is child support calculated if modification is requested during my busy season when income is much higher?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Laurie Wyche-Abele
    2. Karen Ann Ulmer
    3. Dawn Elizabeth Padanyi
    3 lawyer answers

    Normally the court will average it out based on a yearly basis. You should establish in your order what year was considered with the starting month and ending month so when you modify you have a basis on which to modify the order.

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  10. Can I get child support extended for my son who will be attending college

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Kathryn L. Hilbush
    2. Karen Ann Ulmer
    3. Irena Shiloh
    3 lawyer answers

    Child support ends at 18 unless the child is disabled and unable to support themselves and even then it is a tough burden of proof. Unfortunately, you will not be able to force the father to pay. Fortunately, there are programs out there that assist children to get aid from schools that she applies to for college. Your daughter should apply and see what kind of aid packages she is offered from college.

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