Karen Ann Ulmer’s Answers

Karen Ann Ulmer

Langhorne Family Law Attorney.

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

    Answered 3 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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  2. Health of parents during custody dispute

    Answered 4 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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  3. Partial Child Custody Judge

    Answered over 2 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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  4. I was not properly served with child custody paperwork

    Answered 4 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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  5. 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 5 months 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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  6. At what point does our daughter become emancipated from the custody agreement?

    Answered 5 months 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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  7. If self employede how is child support calculated if modification is requested during my busy season when income is much higher?

    Answered 7 months 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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  8. Can I get child support extended for my son who will be attending college

    Answered 7 months 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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  9. Hi-this is a divorce question. In PA, is splitting everything 50/50? Even when buying him out of the house?

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Karen Ann Ulmer
    2. Brian Edward Sipe
    3. Robin Jean Gray
    3 lawyer answers

    PA is not a 50/50 state and the biggest factor that the court considers is the income difference giving the spouse with a lower income more of the assets. In addition you should be getting alimony depending on the length of your marriage provided you do not live with another many. You also can get APL or spousal support while the divorce is pending. In addition, don't forget assets in his name alone are also assets you can get such as retirement accounts, etc.

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  10. How do I proceed with a PA divorce after the two year separation?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen Ann Ulmer
    2. James R. Demmel
    2 lawyer answers

    You need to sign an Affdiavit of Two Year separation and serve it on her with a counteraffidavit. Wait twenty days after service and then if she does not contest you have to file a Praecipe for a Divorce Decree if no issues have been raised. There are some good books in the bookstore with forms if you want to try to do it yourself. If issues such as division of assets or alimony are raised you will need a hearing or an agreement and I would consult counsel.

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