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Karen Ann Ulmer
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  • What is the format (i.e. motion, petition for ..., etc) to file equitable distribution/economic relief as a defendant in divorce

    I am the defendant in a divorce proceeding. My wife withdrew the claim for economic relief/equitable distribution, however, I disagree and want to file a claim for this. There are no forms in the self help area and I cannot afford an attorney. ...

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    I would suggest you file the counter-affidavit and say you want to raise economic claims and then also file a Petition for Equitable Distribution. There may be a filing fee as well.

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  • What can I do to get my son back? What steps can I take against his claims to get my son back before our custody hearing?

    My husband and I have been arguing for over a week. One day, he tells me too call out of work because he had to go to the hospital. I called out of work and go home, he goes to the kitchen to cook saying he's not going. Later, we get into another ...

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    It sounds like he custody by virtue of a temporary PFA. If you did not have your final PFA you can challenge the PFA and the custodial provisions at that hearing. If a final PFA was entered awarding him custody then you must wait until you have your custody hearing (assuming you filed for a custody hearing). Keep a journal of all comments and statements he has made.

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  • How will this effect my current child support order and shouldn't half of his benefit go to me because of our 50/50 custody?

    I currently have joint physical custody with my ex wife. I am ordered to pay child support for our two children. I recently have found out that she has been getting SSI for one of my sons.

    Karen’s Answer

    The SSI benefit gets factored into the support obligation if she receives it and it can reduce what you owe her in child support. I would file to modify your support. The check from SSI, like child support will go to her since she is the one entitled to support but you will get a credit.

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  • Would I be eligible for a annulment or a fault divorce?

    My husband abandoned me, cheated on me and had a baby, we have never lived together and still don't, i do not know where he lives. I just want him completely out of my life forever so i can move on and as quickly as possible.

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    You may be eligible to file for a fault divorce based on adultery if you have not been separated for two years. The best option is to file for divorce and then see if he will consent and move on. I do not see a grounds for annulment based on what you stated.

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  • Will I be responsible for paying child support to the non custodial parent?

    I am the custodial parent of 3 kids I have 2 kids on average of 219 nights the 3rd child I have 365 nights a year. i work part time and live in PA. Non custodial parent has no job and lives in MD. He has 2 kids 146 nights and 3rd child no nights o...

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    The court can hold the non-custodial parent to an earning capacity if they do not work. If the non-custodial is disabled, make sure they apply for benefits for the children. You do not have to worry about paying the non-custodial parent unless you are still married and you could be liable to pay for spousal support depending on the circumstances.

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  • My question is, if i have a paternity test done and it comes back that he is not my bio son, although i have been there his whol

    The situation is, my ex and i had a kid together 6 years ago, i get my son regulary 2-3 days a week he lives with me. I have recently heard talk that i may not be the bio father, which hurts and confuses me, cause no matter what he is my son and i...

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    You will still have rights to pursue custody since you have stood in loco parentis even if a blood test shows he is not your biological son. You may be relieved of child support if he is not your biological son and he may not take as an heir but you can always voluntarily provide for him.

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  • Can't step daughter come to Arkansas and file for sole custody so I can pay for it or does she have to file in Pa?

    My step daughter currently lives in pennsylvannia with her three year old child. Both my step daughter and the paternal grandmother share custody. My stepdaughter wants to move to Arkansas to be with us and have her new baby. The paternal grandmot...

    Karen’s Answer

    If your stepdaughter has a custody order with the paternal grandmother then she needs to either get permission from the paternal grandmother to relocate or she needs the court's permission which she can request through a Petition for Relocation. She should file on an emergency basis and try to get a court date as soon as possible.

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  • Can I serve my spouse divorce papers via the news paper without the PA courts permission?

    I sent him certified mail and it came back unclaimed. I hired a professional service and they could not find him with the address and last known employer. I want to serve him publicly via the news paper in Lansdowne, PA. I don't know if I need...

    Karen’s Answer

    You need the Court's permission in order to publish in the newspaper and you will be required to show all efforts you made to locate him and a Judge will decide if that is sufficient. Be prepared for a huge expense on publication. The last case we did that required publication cost the client over $ 1000 to just publish it.

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  • Does an expired yearly lease in PA turn into a month to month lease if nothing is signed for the new term?

    Year lease is from January 1 ,2015 to January 1 2016.

    Karen’s Answer

    Yes, provided your lease does not say otherwise (such as renews automatically for a full year) then it automatically becomes month to month at the expiration of the year lease under the same terms and conditions.

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  • I’m involved in custody litigation. If I am not awarded shared custody, I want to sue the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

    I want to also sue the Judge & my ex in Federal Court for depriving me of liberty under the color of the law by depriving me of the fundamental right to the care, custody & control of my minor child without affording me minimal procedural protecti...

    Karen’s Answer

    Given that you do not know the outcome of your case at this point or the basis of the Judge's award of custody it is difficult to assess if you have a case. If the Judge does not award you shared custody and blatantly makes statements as to why which are prejudicial in any way and unjustified, it would be worth it. Short of that, you are going to have a difficult time. Judges have broad discretion in custody cases and they can make up different ways to fit within the criteria to justify their decisions. Best thing to do is present your case well at the initial trial and get everything on the record in case you can appeal.

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