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  • What are my legal rights to have a sublettor of a room rented in my house to tell occupant to get rid of pet rats n smell?

    I am sole lease holder of 4 bdrm house that I rent. I get roommates to fill other 3 bedrooms upon consent of landlord. I recently had girl move in who told me she had a couple of hamsters and she keeps them clean and in her room. After paying ren...

    Karen’s Answer

    Your best approach if you do not have a lease is to tell her that if she does not get rid of them then you are going to give her notice to vacate (give 30 days, written notice). If she does not cooperate, you may have to evict.

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  • Can a wife get her half of the house if she has been gone for about 4 years?

    If you want to keep the property and have been paying the morgage since she left the house.

    Karen’s Answer

    Yes, your wife still has an interest in the equity of the home even if she left. Your payments of the mortgage will be considered like rent since you solely enjoyed the home and it is not likely you will get any credit in that regard. The sooner you file and address the house.

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  • Wife moved out of house divorce has not been filed and she got her own apartment what can I do about the mortgage on Our house

    my wife got her own place and we still have her name on the mortgage or house and divorce has not been filed what can I do to protect my house and my credit

    Karen’s Answer

    If your wife makes more money than you then you can file for spousal support. Since you are living in the house, the court will look to you to pay the mortgage. Paying the mortgage is the only way to protect your credit. If you cannot afford the house on your own, you may want to consider getting tenants to help you. The only other options would be to move out and then have the court either make both of you pay towards the mortgage, list it for sale or get a renter in the house.

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  • I'm marry and want to get a divorce , my husband left me awhile ago and I do not know where he is.

    could you tell me how to get started

    Karen’s Answer

    If you cannot locate your spouse you have to file divorce and a petition to serve by publication. You will need to prove you made sufficient efforts to locate your spouse. In addition, you will need to publish the notice of the divorce in the newspaper so be prepared for a big expense in that regard.

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  • I am in need of knowing where I may find specific forms needed to be divorced in bucks county PA while representing myself?

    I am currently due to lack of funds trying to represent myself and get divorced. I have found the forms to file a Motion to Compel and had them returned from the Family Prothonotary stating I need to attach a Form of Order directing the responden...

    Karen’s Answer

    If you contact our firm and you provide your name and it is not a conflict of interest, we will be happy to send you a sample form you can follow.

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  • Would like to talk to a lawyer about getting a divorce

    I was married in South Carolina, but now I live in Philadelphia,Pa., been separated since July 8,2014./

    Karen’s Answer

    You can file in PA since you have been here for six months. Most office provide a free consultation and you may want to call to have that scheduled to go in further detail. If you do not have any issues, a divorce can be done in about four months if both parties agree to everything.

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  • What do I do? Need a divorce

    Me and my wife split up years ago. We have 1 child together living with her. I live in pittsburgh and she lives in Columbus Ohio. We were married in columbus. I want to get married to my new fiancé so what do I do to get this done. And money is l...

    Karen’s Answer

    You can file in PA if you have been here for at least six months. If you have assets to divide or if there are alimony issues then it will not be cheap or simple unless you can get an agreement. If those are not issues, you can do a simple, no fault divorce in PA and it can go through in about two months provided there are no issues.

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  • What do I need to get a divorce?

    We got married in 2002, separated in 2007. We have 3 children, 2 are adults, 1 lives with me by her (daughter ) own choice. No assets to divide.

    Karen’s Answer

    In order to get a divorce, you would need to file a complaint in the county you reside or if your spouse agrees in any county in PA. Each county has their own filing fee and some are cheaper. Be certain there are no issues for alimony or assets before you get divorced as they will be waived once the decree is entered. You can file a simple divorce if there are no assets/alimony issues. If you want to include custody you can or you can file it separately at some later point. A divorce that is consented to takes about four months. You would have to file, serve the complaint and then both would have to consent. You will need the filing fee for the county and if you hire an attorney the fee for the lawyer to draft all the paperwork.

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  • Help me get a divorce please?

    My husband has been cheating on me for over a month with my best friend. I have a 4 month old daughter. Please point me in the right direction.

    Karen’s Answer

    You will need to file a divorce complaint, normally in the county where you reside. If you choose to move out with your daughter you should file for support for your daughter and possibly for yourself if you make less money than him. The divorce is started once you file the complaint.

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  • Parental rights

    My son's father has a daughter older than my son. When she was a baby he gave up his rights so he won't have to pay child support. Now he's talking about giving up his rights to our son so he won't have to pay. What is it I can do for the courts t...

    Karen’s Answer

    Whether your child's father sees your son or not does not affect his obligation to pay support. He cannot terminate his rights to the child unless there is someone who is going to adopt the child through marriage to you. In the prior situation the mother may have agreed to not accept support for no custody but unless you agree, he will be obligated. Even if you do agree you can always file for support unless and until his rights are terminated (which is very different from just agreeing that you have sole custody).

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