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  • Mother removed father from emergency contacts at school, listed boyfriend...can this be done?

    Mom has full legal and physical custody. Not sure if that will constitute any more rights. But I have been listed for years, keep in contact with the school and will contact them monday about this. Mom has cut me off since I filed a modification B...

    Keith’s Answer

    You have the right to be listed at the school and to have access to the child's records. However, the school may tell you to obtain a court order as they often do not want to get into the middle of these situations. You can file a separate motion with the court. You may be well advised to seek the assistance of a lawyer.

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  • Child support

    My husband is currently paying child support to another woman from his previous relationship. The child is 3 years old. We got married little after his court date where the judge decided on the amount to be paid each month for the child. Can the m...

    Keith’s Answer

    Your income should not be considered for child support purposes based on the facts that you presented. You do not need to take any actions. The child support will only be modified if the mother (or father) of the child asked the court to do so and the court found that there was a material change in circumstances that warranted a change in the child support.

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  • Inherited graves deeded in 1952 with interment restricted to Caucasians, want to sell, is restriction still valid / how changed?

    Deed dated June 13, 1952; Cemetery located in Harford County, Maryland.

    Keith’s Answer

    Mr. Draper is correct. Deeds with such restrictions in them were not uncommon once upon a time. However, they are no longer legal and are not enforceable.

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  • If I get lawyer to represent me in a home short sale, does the mortgage company pay the lawyers fees?

    Home is in Prince Georges county md. Owe $539,000.00 we have it listed for $520,000.00. Appraised in January 2015 for $540,000.00.

    Keith’s Answer

    Sometimes a lender will assist with legal fees, but usually it is your responsibility.

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  • Real Estate Attorney Help on New House Issues

    We bought a brand new house in Montgomery County in Jan, 2015 and we have issues since we moved in. The main issue is that we are missing the Home Pest control system that should be part of the house. The house suppose to have pre-installed pipes ...

    Keith’s Answer

    In situations where a new house was being built, you would have the contract, but you should also have documents evidencing any selections that were made. Somewhere in these documents there should be a reference to the pest control system. I agree with my colleague, you should meet with an attorney and have him or her review the documents for you.

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  • My husband and I been married for 8 months now (lived together for 1 year) at his house in Washington D.C.

    Everything seemed fine with our marriage til recently where he is threatening to kick me out in 10 days. He has not filed for separation nor divorce. I just recently got my green card and he is telling me that If i don't leave his house he will fi...

    Keith’s Answer

    Your husband cannot simply kick you out. You have the right to reside in the property. However, your husband may try to have you evicted. But you would have a chance to argue before a judge against an eviction. I agree with the other attorney that you should seek the assistance of an attorney as soon as possible.

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  • Me and my husband (same sex) recently got married and want to hyphenate our last name legally?

    What do we need to do? Is this possible? On the marriage license the official did not ask us so we are legally married with our original last names respectively.

    Keith’s Answer

    You raise a very interesting issue. Legally, you should be able to simply use the marriage certificate to verify your marriage with any of the necessary agencies. (The marriage official does not ask whether you want to change your names and the "new name" is not on the DC marriage license.) However, you may run into some opposition at some of the agencies. In that case, you would both have to file a petition to change your names with the court and proceed to obtaining a court order. You may wish to seek the assistance of an attorney with the prosecution of a petition.

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  • My daughter's Father hasn't complied with the parenting agreement in many ways. What can I do?

    One specific way is he is using HIS vacation time to have his parents watch our daughter, during her second week of school. The intent of vacation and also stated in our agreement is for him to spend vacation time with her not who ever he feels li...

    Keith’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Russell. You may wish to consult with an attorney to discuss any other examples that you have and determine whether it is worth the financial and emotional cost of taking court action.

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  • Should I pay the tow company or file bankruptcy, will they have to release my vehicle once I file?

    Recent divorce and foreclosure with two repo on credit and several debits

    Keith’s Answer

    There really is not enough information in your question to advise you as to whether you should file for bankruptcy. Additionally, whether the tow company will have to release your vehicle if you file bankruptcy depends on why they have the vehicle. I recommend that you speak with an attorney who handles bankruptcy matters.

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  • Can an unwed mother move out of state with her child? (From Maryland to North Carolina)

    I am an unwed mother with an infant - the father and I have not been to court for any type of custody hearing. The baby stays with me and he visits 2-3 times a week. Would I be able to relocate to be closer to family and better job opportunities...

    Keith’s Answer

    At present neither of you has rights superior or inferior to the other with regard to your child. Thus, there is nothing to prevent you from moving to NC with the child. That being said, I would strongly caution you against simply moving. That may prompt the father from taking court action and a judge could find that you were not acting in the best interests of your child by not allowing the father to have regular access. I recommend that you seek the assistance of an attorney before taking any action.

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