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  • What can I do if my custody or says the Mother is to provide all transportation and she refuses?

    I have had issues with my license being suspended off and on because of back owed child support. In our custody agreement it states the Mother shall provide all transportation until Father's driver's license is restored. Since the order was made...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    You have a few options. If you believe she is in contempt of the existing custody order, you can file a Petition for Contempt of Custody. Alternatively, you can file to modify the existing custody order so that it clearly states Mother must handle transportation when you do not have a license to drive.

    If you are experiencing difficulties paying your child support obligation, I would also suggest that you seek legal assistance to modify the obligation to an amount you can afford to pay.

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  • How easy is it to change a custody stipulation?

    So my sons mother is married and the guy is just not a nice person whom i dont want my son to be around, but i signed a custody stipulation a little while ago that grants her full medical and full custody, what are the chances i can get this chang...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    Child custody is always modifiable, and based on the best interests of your son. I would recommend that you consultimate with an attorney to provide more details and to discuss your options. Our firm provides free consultations, and I would be happy to discuss this matter in more detail.

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  • Will I have issues getting full custody?

    My significant other and I are splitting up (we are NOT married). I would like to have full custody of our daughter. Will I have problems? The main reason we are splitting is because he had/has a major opiate/pill problem when our daughter (now...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    It is generally advisable to finalize a custody agreement, or file for custody to obtain a court order, as soon as you know you will be moving from the same home. Given the circumstances in the relationship, and the dangers substance abuse can present to a child, I suggest you schedule a consultation with an attorney to review your options. I offer free consultatons and would be happy to discuss how best to protect your child and your rights.

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  • Does my overtime affect the amount of child support that I pay? Working extra to make ends meet and ex is using it against me.

    My husband and I separated 3 yrs ago. No official divorce. We have 3 teenage girls that we share custody. I'm a night shift nurse and pick up overtime to make ends meet. I do make about 20 thousand more but that's because I work overtime...to prov...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    All income is used to calculate child support. However, if overtime income is not guaranteed, you can often reach an agreement that overtime is not calculated into the support obligation. It is best to contact an attorney to calculate your obligation with and without overtime taken into consideration. I offer free consultations, and would be happy to meet with you to review the calculations, and to discuss ways to work around this for you.

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  • Can a grand parent be granted custody?

    My brother and his wife have 2 kids. She is a stay at home mom, but they are being evicted due to the unhealthy living conditions and not paying rent. They are also drug addicts who might be cooking meth in the apartment. Is it possible for my...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    A grandparent can be awarded custody of a child, but certain requirements must be met before a Court will permit a grandparent to petition for custody. It is best to speak with an attorney to determine your rights. I offer free consultations, and would be happy to discuss this in more detail with you.

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  • Under what circumstances would full legal custody (and joint physical custody) be re-assigned? (Montco)

    Under what circumstances could a parent who currently jointly shares legal custody, and has about 70% physical custody seek full legal custody? As the children's primary care provider since birth, I've taken on nearly exclusive ca...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    There are a variety of factors considered when changing/awarding physical custody to a parent. Legal custody is usually shared by the parents, unless there are compelling reasons to award legal custody to one parent -- and they generally must be very compelling reasons. I would suggest scheduling an appointment with an attorney to review the specific facts in your custody matter. I offer free consultations, and would be happy to discuss your concerns in greater detail.

    All the best,

    Jennifer

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  • Custodial parent vs child support if primary care giver financially?

    My son is 16, he has spent 68% of theovernights with me since my wife moved out of the house. I am the overwhelming financial supporter in salary and expenses. The court date is getting closer for the divorce. Will I legally have to pay child supp...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    It depends on the financial circumstances. I would suggest that you ask an attorney to calculate child support figures for you "as is" and what the numbers would be if the custody arrangement were to change. Also, you should consider discussing a formal versus informal custody arrangement. I provide free consultations, and would be happy to discuss your matter in more detail if you still need assistance.

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  • If you filed for custody but worked out an agreement civilly can it be withdrawn with a petition

    It was 2 weeks ago

    Jennifer’s Answer

    You can withdraw the complaint for custody, but it might be best in the short and long term to file the agreement and make it a court order. I would be happy to review the matter with you in more detail to provide more personalized advice. I offer free consultations.

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  • Ex wife moved to nj. will i have to pay support after 18 years of age?

    my divorce was filed in pa in 2008. in 2011 my divorce was finally over. during that time i paid support for our 2 children. in 2010 my ex had to move out because the house was going to be foreclosed. my son stayed with me in pa who is now 19, and...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    Is the child support order in Pennsylvania or New Jersey? Do you have a Property Settlement Agreement finalizing your divorce? It would be best to consult with a family law attorney. Many firms, such as ours, offer free consultations, and can answer many of your questions during that consultation. With more details, a family law attorney can assist you in determining your obligations moving forward.

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  • Is there any way the court may waive the 90 waiting period in pa.

    My spouse and I are filing pro say and assets and child support have already been agreed upon out of court. We have already been through marriage counseling and have been separated for a year and a half. Since we have had marriage counseling could...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    It is always best to consult with a family law attorney before agreeing to finalize a divorce without addressing whether property distributions are necessary. Many firms, such as ours, offer free consultations, and can answer many of your questions during that consultation. The 90 day waiting period cannot be waived. Please be aware that the divorce is not immediately final after 90 days. It is always wise to wait until you have received your divorce decree before planning another wedding. There are sometimes unexpected delays that complicate future planning.

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