Involved in a custody eval. If the evaluator asks me to bring a project or game with which to interact with my child. What should I bring? Playing cards? A board game? Something so that we can draw together? Should I bring my child's School work? ...
Bring something your child enjoys doing with you that you have done together in the past. The goal is to see you enjoy and spend time together, help, etc. If your child is not interested in the activity then the evaluator can only judge how your attempt to get the child interested. I would bring something you are both comfortable doing together not something new.See question
I bought a house before I got married and had $50,000 in equity money put down. 2 years after getting married (3 years after buying the house by myself) I added my wife to the deed and mortgage so we could get the house refinanced and put on an ad...
Yes, when you added her to the deed you gifted the equity to the marriage. Your contribution is a factor however in determining how much of that equity you will get back.See question
My current girlfriend is going through a divorce. Her ex makes far more money that she and she is seeking alimony. We are planning to marry shortly after her divorce is final, but will that automatically end her right to alimony, or can her attor...
All alimony ends when she remarries unless she enters into an agreement in writing that states it will not end upon remarriage.See question
My kids hate him. I'm with them at my moms. Been a stay at home mom and he works full time. Refuses to help me with anything I want to be one step ahead
You are entitled to file for spousal support and child support since you do not live together. You can do this even if there is no divorce filed and you should do this immediately. As for divorce, you will want to file and see what assets he has accumulated such as retirement accounts. Anything accumulated during the marriage is an asset (with a few exceptions related to gifts and inheritance) regardless of whose name it is in.See question
Prior to marriage I bought a home and put down $65k, using money from a family loan. 1 year later I got married, at which point our combined incomes were paying down that loan. 1 year after getting married, my wife signed on to that family loan. 2...
The premarital property is valued from the Date of Marriage to the Date of Separation. However, once you gift the property to the marriage, it becomes a marital asset. In Bucks County, the court will consider the amount of equity you gifted to the marriage and apply a vanishing credit so that you get back a portion of the equity you contributed based on the length of time that has passed since you contributed it. If you paid off student loans during the marriage, you will not likely recoup any of those funds as it was a contribution to the marriage. Anything remaining, however, she will take with her in premarital debts.See question
I have filed for divorce and served the papers as well. I have not claimed for equitable distribution but am deciding on either to buy or lease a car. Will it be considered as an asset in both cases? Also, I was informed that assets will be consi...
Assets are defined as of the date of separation which is no later than the date the complaint is served. In some instances, the value of the assets is as of date of distribution. As long as you buying a car with funds accumulated after separation you are fine. A lease has no marital value regardless of when it is leased.See question
I got a divorce last year and used my maiden name to do the paperwork. I changed my name on my social security card when I got married but never used it. My social security card was the only thing I changed, I never changed my state id or passport...
Most counties require that you file in the maiden name. Your divorce is legal. You need to make sure you have your birth certificate, marriage license and divorce decree when you go to social security to trace the history and make sure you get credits.See question
I have moved out of my house and want to know about moving my children out of the house with me. I want to move them for their safety and well being? What can my wife do if I move them out, and can I do this?
Yes, you can move out the of the house with the children. Your ex can file a Petition for Custody. You cannot relocate to a totally different area without first filing a Petition for Relocation and obtaining the Court's permission. If safety is an issue you may want to file a PFA and try to have your wife evicted from the home.See question
My ex thinks he may have been molested as a child but he doesnt remember it clearly. Arent the abused more likely to become abusers? Can I use this as evidence against him in a custody case?
My experience is that Court will not allow evidence in Bucks County regarding things that happened to a victim of a crime. With that said, however, it will be disclosed in a custody evaluation It is not, however, something that should be portrayed as a reason to give you custody and nor should it be a factor.See question
I don't want his child's mother to come after my house or get me to pay his child support
A prenuptial is a good idea if you own a house prior to marriage. Without a prenuptial the equity in the house that accumulates during the marriage becomes marital. With a prenup you can get your spouse to waive the increase in value in the home. Without a prenup, you get to keep the value you had in the house at the time of marriage so long as you do not add him to the deed. As long as you do not add him to the deed, no liens can ever be put on the house. You will never be responsible for her child support and your income is not factored into the equation. Your husband, however, will have to pay his child support and unless you have a prenup that says he only pays it from money he owned prior to marriage, then he will be using your joint marital funds to pay that obligation so in a sense you are contributing to it.See question