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Shane Lee Jimison

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  • Me n my husband will be separated for 2 years on September 11,2013. Please help me, I am stressing out big time.

    We did not sign a separation agreement paper or whatever it is. He pretty much just walked out on me & we didn't have any contact since then. He still lives in Oklahoma & I have been living in Virginia for a year & 8 months. I am a PRN at a nursin...

    Shane’s Answer

    Hi there- well it all depends on what you want to achieve with your divorce. If you are looking for support, him to take some debt, and property division you are going to have a more complicated and expensive divorce. If you are just looking to finally get divorced and nothing more, that's an easier and less expensive task.
    Many attorneys, including myself, would be happy to chat about your situation. Just contact one directly, most of us are very nice and want your business!

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  • Will Virginia DCSE come after a spouse to collect back child support owed by the other spouse?

    There are no joint assets, bank accounts, property, etc. One spouse owes child support. Will the DCSE come after the other spouse?

    Shane’s Answer

    They certainly can if they are involved in the case. They typically will issue a show cause and bring them in front of a judge to explain why they haven't been paying support. If DCSE isn't involved in the case, it's up to the payee to enforce the delinquent child support.

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  • How do you get a marriage annoled from only being married a month and a half

    I got married a month and a half ago and I need to get it annulled. My husband has been gone ever since we got married I think he just wanted to marry me to get his papers. please help what do I do ?

    Shane’s Answer

    Annulments are tricky to come by in Virginia. I have had success proving so-called green card sham marriages before and getting them annulled, but the circumstances and facts of your case have to meet a very narrow criteria. I'm attaching a link to my website for more info on annulments, but you are going to need to contact an attorney on this for better information about your particular case.

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  • Breast feeding in Virginia

    I am from nj and I plan on visiting Virginia. I want to breast feed my baby in public but would like to know the laws regarding it. I have a friend who lives in va and they say I can be asked to leave places such as stores, restaurants, malls, etc...

    Shane’s Answer

    I was curious, so I googled it. I just couldn't have imagined a cop citing my wife for breast feeding in public.

    Check out the link. I think it shows that you are just fine.

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  • Have a court date for child support. What is this court date for?

    NCP is ordered to pay child support back in August 2012. So far he hasn't anything at all.He does odd jobs and gets paid cash or 'under the table' . We have a court date coming up soon and i want to know what is this court date for? Is it to lower...

    Shane’s Answer

    Frankly, our guess is as good as yours without seeing the paperwork. Is it a modification of his child support that he filed? Is it a show cause proceeding brought against him for failure to pay?
    Have you contacted your local Division of Child Support Enforcement for help?
    Good luck!

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  • Child Support two different states

    My ex and i are having a baby. I live in VA and she lives in PA, we were unable to work out our differences and just because we couldn't work things out we put our future baby first. I live in Washington DC and she lives in Chester county PA. W...

    Shane’s Answer

    You are going to want to pose this question on the Pennsylvania board and maybe the DC board. All states laws concerning child custody, support and visitation are different, sometimes dramatically so and seeking advice from a Virginia lawyer about a child born in Pennsylvania is bound to cause trouble!

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  • I am separating from my husband, if I leave our home will I be putting myself at risk of losing any of my rights?

    I have told my husband of 8 years that I would like a separation and I am planning on moving out of our home. So far he has been cooperative and we are drafting a property settlement agreement together. I have entered into a lease on a condo but ...

    Shane’s Answer

    Generally speaking, if you move out of the marital residence on agreement it cannot be used against you as grounds for abandonment. If you are working on a PSA together, I would consider it to be in your best interest to have that signed and notarized before you moved out, to be on the safe side.
    I would strongly advise you to consult an attorney, if you haven't done so already. Avvo is no subsitute for buying an hour of an attorney's time to make sure you are protected.

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  • Will the judge grant my child's father supervised visits?

    I do not feel comfortable or that my child will be safe around her father. He has not been present in my child's life until she was 3 years old, he still will go missing and not ask about or see her for months. He is $2,000 behind in child support...

    Shane’s Answer

    Guessing how a judge will rule is a fool's game, but you certainly seem to have some of the characteristics that will lead a judge to grant supervised visitation. Remember these cases are decided based on what is in the child's best interest.

    These cases are complicated though, and given what's at stake you would be well served to find a qualified lawyer to go with you to court.

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  • How to prepare for child custody and visitation mediation?

    I have 2 kids. A girl 3 and boy 9months. My ex and I are not married. He is an alcoholic and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in the past and not on medication. I do not want him to keep the kids alone. I don't trust him to take care of them. H...

    Shane’s Answer

    You guys need a custody and visitation order pronto. You can put in provisions that he to not have the children if he isn't sober and can require that visitation be supervised until he gets himself clean and/or compliant with medication.
    Contact a local attorney for more information. You can also file petitions for custody and visitation on your own at your local Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court clerk's office.

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  • What constitutes kidnapping in Virginia?

    I have a court ordered custody agreement with an ex for our 3 year old child. My ex agreed to visitation (I have this in writing). The court order specifically states..."additional time as agreed upon by the parties". My ex tried to renege on t...

    Shane’s Answer

    That is not going to meet anyone's definition of parental kidnapping, but the behavior is troubling nonetheless. The Judges in Chesterfield would not find this behavior acceptable. If it continues you may need to file a Show Cause to have a judge make sure the current order is being enforced.
    You may also benefit from modifying the current order to establish a more concrete visitation schedule. It's harder for her to justify not granting visitation when there are concrete dates and times in your visitation order.

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