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Sandra Kia Ambrose

Lake Mary Family Law Attorney.

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  1. How long is a motion to reduce child support good for if a hearing isn't held?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Sandra Kia Ambrose
    2. Eileen D. Jacobs
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    4. John Arthur Smitten
    4 lawyer answers

    Motions do not expire on their own. However if there is no action taken on any matter after a year, the clerk of the court may file a notice of hearing for a dismissal due to lack of prosecution (LOP). It seems that every clerk's office has different procedures on when the LOP notice is initiated, so it could be a year or it could be far more than a year, or even in rare cases, never. If the facts which were present at the time you filed the motion are still the same (or nearly the same) you...

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  2. I've been married for 8 years and am seeking alimony. I was told by a paralegal that I am not entitled.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Sandra Kia Ambrose
    2. Donald G. Criscuolo
    3. Paul J Knudsen
    4. David Alexander Browde
    5. William Charles Rosenfelt
    6. ···
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    Paralegals are invaluable to attorneys. However paralegals are not qualified to give you legal advise such as what you indicate was said. The issue of whether you are entitled to alimony and what kind and for how long is based on the particular circumstances in each case. Here is a link if you are inclined to read up on it. http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0000-0099/0061/Sections/0061.08.html You should consult an experienced...

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  3. What does this mean. Fathers parenting time will commence upon negative drug test to the mother.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Sandra Kia Ambrose
    2. Ophelia Genarina Bernal-Mora
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    4. James W Chandler
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    Having not had the ability to read the entire order, it is difficult to tell what the court means. The sentence "Fathers parenting time will commence upon negative drug test to the mother." is vague. It could be interpreted that he does not get to start his parenting time in general, until he provides proof of a negative drug test to the mother, or it could meant that he has to provide a negative drug test before each contact time. You should probably file a Motion for Clarification and...

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  4. Order of Dismissal in Family Court

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Sandra Kia Ambrose
    2. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    3. Carin Manders Constantine
    4. Tami Lane Augen
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    You cannot get a case dismissed just because the petitioner lied.... You would have to go to court, prove that whatever she lied about is relevant to the case. That means you would have a hearing on the full merits of the case, not just the one thing she lied about. I find that most people think that someone lying on or in their Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, UCCJEA or financial affidavit is a reason to kick the whole thing to the curb, but it is not. You really need to get an...

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  5. Is there any way to expedite child support hearing?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Sandra Kia Ambrose
    2. Betty Elaine Jones
    3. John Arthur Smitten
    4. L. Vincent Ramunno
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    I assume that you are representing yourself in this action. The facts that you have laid out appear to be incomplete to me. When one files a Petition to Modify Child Support, you must serve the opposing side, then they have 20 days to answer the petition. Also, you are supposed to file a financial affidavit and some additional mandatory financial documents. The other side has 45 days from the date they are served to complete their financial affidavit and mandatory documents. When you...

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  6. I have alimony that cannot be modified. After I file a contempt motion against my former husband, what is the procedure?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Sandra Kia Ambrose
    2. Carolyn Ann Reyes
    3. Ophelia Genarina Bernal-Mora
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    Assuming that he has not made court ordered alimony payments, you would best be served by finding your attorney first before you file anything. Sometimes, when a non attorney files a motion, and then hires an attorney, the attorney must file an amended motion to make corrections.... save your time and frustration and hire a lawyer first. Contempt is not as easy as it first seems. There is significant case law regarding what a judge can and cannot do in a contempt hearing and order. Being...

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  7. Can a mother request money in exchange for children?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jonathan Phillips
    2. Sandra Kia Ambrose
    3. Joanna Marie Mitchell
    4. Carin Manders Constantine
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    Your boyfriend should not listen to his soon to be former wife... why would he? As the saying goes, Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. He needs to keep that lawyer he has and do it the proper way. Sandra Ambrose

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  8. Is it possible to get a retroactive credit for overpaid child support?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Sandra Kia Ambrose
    2. William Charles Rosenfelt
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
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    Without reviewing your court orders, it is difficult to ascertain from your question whether you will be able to get a retroactive credit. It really depends on how the order was written. Since you mentioned a hearing officer, I must assume that this is a Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement case. It is worth bringing up at the hearing though. How are you going to prove that the mother has not taken the child to counseling? If you do not have an attorney and desire to...

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  9. Enfourcement

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Sandra Kia Ambrose
    2. Natalie F Guerra-Valdes
    3. Carin Manders Constantine
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    If you were divorced from the mother of the child in Broward County, Florida and if she has not filed pleadings to domesticate the Florida order in Texas, then Florida is the state where you would file any pleadings seeking to modify and/or enforce the final judgment. This is assuming that you are still residing in Florida. Jurisdictional questions are very specific. I suggest that you spend a little money to obtain an assessment and opinion of the issues in your case from an experienced...

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  10. I am a victim of a brutal domestic violence case. My husband has been arrested for 2 counts of attempted first degree murder.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Sandra Kia Ambrose
    2. William Emil Cassara
    3. Justin Gary Hausler
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    I don't know how to say this strongly enough. You should seek the advice of an attorney in your area immediately! If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you may qualify for legal aid, or a reduced fee attorney, if there are any available. You have not provided enough facts here for any of us to be able to tell what stage of the divorce proceeding you are in. Also, there are many, many factors which come into play about nonmarital assets and marital contribution to those kinds of assets....

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