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Matthew F. Fox

Matthew Fox’s Answers

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  • Can my grandmother get custody?

    I am a sixteen year old. My mother is a horribly unfit parent. We currently reside with my grandmother in her house and I am under my mother's custody. She expects me to wait on her for everything she wants while she sits around, she acts innaprop...

    Matthew’s Answer

    In Pennsylvania, your grandmother can file a Complaint For Custody. If you have lived under her roof for at least 12 months, your grandmother can assert that she has been supporting you, and therefore has standing to seek primary physical custody and shared legal custody. Your mother may argue that, while you were living with your grandmother, she (your mother) was actually supporting you, and therefore, your grandmother does not have standing to seek primary physical custody. Ultimately, the Court will have to unravel that issue.

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  • I had a paternity test but did not have a way there

    Is there some how i can get a paternity test done because it says on my paper if i didnt show up the court would claim im the fatherso is there a way i can still get the test

    Matthew’s Answer

    You may still be able to have paternity testing done. Any attorney looking into this questions would need to see any Order which the Court may have entered with regard to paternity.

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  • Can my boyfriend keep me from moving out of state sinces we have a child together? He is in the Penn. State National gaurds

    both of us and child has resided at my parents home because of finances. They are moving to ST. Louis and I want to go but my boyfriend has threated me that he will keep me from going. Is this possible?

    Matthew’s Answer

    You must be very careful here. Pennsylvania has VERY strict requirements with regard to providing notice of your intended relocation of the children out of state. The notice must be done correctly, or else you will lose any chance of being able to relocate the children. Also, the notice must be served upon your ex at least 60 days before your intended move. If your ex objects to the relocation, you CANNOT relocate the children unless the Court approves the relocation. Therefore, if your ex objects, you will have to file, and litigate, a Petition with the Court requesting the Court's permission to relocate the children.

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  • Are there any attorneys in the Philadelphia area that take payment plans for custody hearings?

    I was wondering if any philadelphia lawyers offer a payment plan?

    Matthew’s Answer

    There are some attorneys who do accept payment plans. Be careful though. You will get what you pay for. Quality legal representation is not inexpensive.

    I would be happy to discuss your case with you. You may feel free to contact me at (215) 822-7575.

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  • I need an affordable child custody lawyer in philadelphia that is aggressive

    Can anyone tell me their fees and if they are up for a challenge?

    Matthew’s Answer

    There are some attorneys who do work cooperatively with their clients with respect to billing. I am one of them. However, ultimately, you are in the best position to control the amount of your legal fees. Custody litigation is expensive. There is no avoiding that fact. However, the benefits of quality legal representation justify that expense. The most effective legal representation begins and ends with the quality of the legal counseling provided at the outset of the representation. I would be happy to meet with you to discuss your case. I'll give you my assessment of your options. I'll be absolutely honest with you with respect to telling you what I think I can, and what I think I cannot, do for you. I always work cooperatively with my clients with respect to their billing. However, I do not wok for free. Feel free to give ma call at 2150822-7575.

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  • If the custodial parent has a restraining order against the "never see's his kid custodial parent" how does that effect custody

    If there is a restraining order between the parties brought forth by the custodial parent. how will that affect custody? what if the parties do not have a 3rd party to facilitate any exchanges?

    Matthew’s Answer

    Abuse is a factor that the Court will address when deciding a custody case. Obviously if the abuse involved the child(ren), the Court will very likely want protections built into the Order such as supervised visitation. Depending upon the underlying facts, the Court may want the visitation supervised anyway. Custodial transfers can be problematic too. They are sometimes done at school such that the parents do not need to have contact with each other. Sometimes they are done at the curb side of the parents' respective residences, again avoiding direct contact between the parents. Sometimes the transfers are done at police stations, although many Judges frown on this because of the impression that it may have upon the child(ren).

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  • Can people share legal custody if there is a PFA?

    if someone has a restraining order how will legal custody be decided? I just dont understand if there is no contact how you communicate.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Legal custody of a child can, and normally is, shared, even in the presence of a PFA Order. In many cases, the Court will allow communication between the parents ONLY to the extent that it has to do with the custodial arrangement having to do the a child, or children.

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  • Is it possible to ask for a paternity test at a custody hearing?

    i go in front of a master soon and was wondering if i would be able to ask for a paternity test because paternity has not been established. there is a slight doubt in my mind.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Normally paternity is addressed in the child support proceedings. In most cases, the support proceedings get to Court before the custody proceedings. However, you need to check to see whether paternity may have been acknowledged in the hospital at the time of the child's birth. If not, you can certainly request that the Court require DNA paternity testing in the support proceedings, or in the custody proceedings.

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  • My lawyer, although nice, is consistently outwitted by my ex! Can i hire another lawyer?

    I understand these things take time. With that said, there has been no preparation, no proactive , strategic or preemptive strikes, everything here has been very laid and we respond to issues as they come. Im clueless and to make it worse if i don...

    Matthew’s Answer

    I would recommend that you set an appointment with your attorney for the purpose of discussing all of your complaints with him / her. You are absolutely free to retain new counsel at any time. However, before doing so, I do believe that it is worthwhile to confront your attorney with your concerns. It will always take some time for a new attorney to get acquainted with your case. This translates to some additional expense for you in that process. There is some chance that your present attorney hears your concerns and acts to address them. If not, you will feel more comfortable with your decision to change counsel.

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  • Can I move to another state mid divorce?

    I have been waiting to resolve my divorce for 3+ years now. At the end of the day it comes down to $. I have none and my ex has a lawyer who works for free and filing expenses are covered by wealthy parents. She keeps 52% of my check and makes a n...

    Matthew’s Answer

    The answer is very heavily dependent upon whether there are children involved, and, if so, what is the current custodial arrangement. If there are no children involved, you are free to move if you so choose. However, for support purposes, the Court can still hold you to an earning capacity even though you are not working. I assume that you do not have primary physical custody of the child(ren). If so, I would still recommend that you place your soon-to-be ex on notice of your intended relocation. Obviously your move will impact upon the custody schedule.

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