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Christie Ayotte Baer

Christie Baer’s Answers

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  • Can I be held financially responsible to leave my job?

    I signed a contract stating I would stay at my current job for a year. Most of the staff is MISERABLE. My salary for what is expected of me, along with no benefits, and ridiculous hours because I'm "salary" is truly making me just absolutely broke...

    Christie’s Answer

    It's typically not worth an employer's time to sue over $500. I definitely wouldn't pay the fee without making them sue for it.

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  • My roommate & neighbor always violate resident policy. The manager largely ignores my complaints. Can I terminate my lease?

    They violate the resident policy in our lease agreement. The roommate: 1) Violates the trash policy and protocol- she doesn't dispose of her personal trash properly. Our garbage bin was taken because she left her trash to rot while she was on vac...

    Christie’s Answer

    Sounds to me like you need to move. Is your current roommate willing/able to either take over the entire lease? Does your lease agreement allow you to sublet or assign the lease to someone else? No one should be miserable in their own home. A landlord-tenant attorney should be able to, in a 1 hour consult, look at your lease and figure out what rights you have.

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  • Should I retain a lawyer for incompetence in a vehicle repair?

    In 2009, I bought a $40,000 car--2 weeks later and 1000 miles, a massive hail storm damaged my vehicle with softball size hail. I took it to a repair shop which took 8 weeks to repair and paint it (first warning sign). The paint peeled/flaked and ...

    Christie’s Answer

    Seems like you are a pretty good negotiator to have this repainted so many times at their expense, but if you want the shop to fork over some cash on top of it, you will have a much better chance of being successful by hiring an attorney.

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  • What are the laws on kicking someone out your house that you're in a relationship with?

    I own my house and it's in my name only. My boyfriend has lived with me for five years and we have a child together. We are not married. We are breaking up and he will not leave my house I need to know the laws on kicking him out of the house. ...

    Christie’s Answer

    It is possible to go through the dispossessory process in magistrate court to have someone removed from a house that it tiled in your name, but given that you two are going to be co-parenting together at least until your child turns 18, you might want to instead negotiate a peaceful settlement with him so you can handle the disentangling of your lives and your custody/child support issues all at the same time. A family law attorney who specializes in helping unmarried couples can help you with this.

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  • Child custody- mother has documented evidence and pictures of physical abuse. Mother is completing alcohol rehabilitation

    My sister is the victim of physical and emotional spousal abuse throughout a 15 year marriage. They have 2 girls age 7 and 10. She started drinking alcohol. Her husband told her if she would go to a 3 month rehab, everything would be ok.She is cla...

    Christie’s Answer

    The legal parents always have superior custody rights to all others unless it seems like neither one can handle it. You didn't say how long ago the abuse happened, or whether it was continuing or an isolated incident, and that would all be relevant information. Whether your sister will be awarded custody depends on her, to a large extent. If she can get herself together by committing to rehab and staying away from alcohol completely, go get a job, and show that's stable, she probably has a good shot. She's going to need a lawyer, though. This is not the kind of case that goes well for an unrepresented person.

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  • What does this mean? Final Disposition Judgment: Plaintiff Final Order Date: 03/06/13 Appealed Date:

    Does final order date mean its final, or still waiting 30 days for the judges signature?

    Christie’s Answer

    "Final Disposition Date" is the date the judge finished handling your case. "Final Order" is the name of the last pleading filed which said what happened. That was either dated (or filed) on 3/6/13 (probably both -- orders are usually filed the same day they are filed, but not always. Appealed date is blank because you haven't appealed yet (or if you have, the court doesn't know you are appealing.)

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  • My Ex husband keeps telling me that our parenting plan is null and void because I moved out of the state of TN is that true?

    My Ex is not paying the child support that he is supposed to be paying. My son was take out of TN to WA by my Ex and left there with my parents until I moved back to WA after getting out of the military. My ex also has an open CPS investigation ag...

    Christie’s Answer

    Short answer: no, unless there's something in the parenting plan that says that the whole thing becomes void if you move -- and it's hard to imagine that being the case.

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  • Myex-wifehavebeebincourtthreetimesforhernotfollowingcourtorderseverytimewegothesamejudgerulesinherfavor.

    eachtimetheproveshesnotfollowedcourtorders.thisisachildcustodycase.shegiveshimasadstoryeachtime.caniaskforanotherjudgeforthenextcourtdate.

    Christie’s Answer

    No, the only way you will get a different judge is if (a) your assigned judge is out that day, so someone else is filling in for him; or (b) there's a legal reason to move for the judge to recuse himself. The fact that you don't like how much slack he cuts your ex/how he is handling your case would not be enough to get him recused. Judges *do* remember parties though, so eventually he will see through your ex's excuses.

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  • What rights do my childs father have if he was married at the time of conception?

    I didnt find out that my sons' father was married until 5 days before i had him. I really need to know what rights does he have at this time. I would also like to know if i can file for sole custody with visitation to him. At this time my son is 1...

    Christie’s Answer

    Because your son's father has not legitimated the child and was not born to you, by operation of law, you are the child's only legal parent and have sole custody. You don't need to do anything at all. The father is obligated to pay child support, and you should faithfully follow up with Child Support Services at any time he stops paying.

    He has zero visitation rights whatsoever, so he is not entitled to see your son at all unless you allow it. It sounds like the problem though is that you WANT him to have a relationship with his son, and he really wants to pretend the whole thing never happened (understandable if he's married). You might want to redirect your efforts toward making sure that your son has positive male role models around and other family members around to care for and support him.

    Good luck!
    Christie Ayotte

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  • The child office is wrong, Right? The can't take insurance out of me if the consent agreement tells them not to?

    I went to mediation with my child's mother and we agreed on a consent agreement that involves; legitimation, custody, visitation, and child support (insurance). I then went to Superior Court for a uncontested hearing and the Judge wrote a new fina...

    Christie’s Answer

    How strange! You need to buy 1 hour of time from a family law attorney and ask them to read the consent agreement, the final order, and all documents received from child support services, and then help you. Many attorneys in the metro Atlanta area will do this.

    Good luck!
    Christie Ayotte

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