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Sandra Kia Ambrose

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  • How to get a non custodial parent, the mother, to pay child support for state funds that are being given to relative?

    my husband is currently on child support for a child outside of our marriage the child has been in custody of his maternal grandmother since the age of 3 months he is now 11 years old. I would like to know how can we get the mother of the child to...

    Sandra’s Answer

    You (or your husband) really don't have any control over whether the mother pays child support (which would go to the State if the gmother is receiving State benefits for the child.)

    Also, his child support would not be reduced even if the mother was ordered to pay support.

    I imagine the Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement program is already involved in this matter. You can ask them your question as well, but don't expect an answer that you will like.

    Sincerely,

    Sandra K. Ambrose

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  • I'm fighting my baby mother for 50/50 custody of my little girl

    I received paper claiming I have made no effort to see or have a emotional connection with my little girl. I have texts messages proving otherwise. Can I use them in court if I'm missing some ? And will the text messages make a difference

    Sandra’s Answer

    Texts can be difficult to get into evidence. However you can always testify about the texts you have. You could also use the texts (perhaps) to refresh your memory if you cannot remember each incident.

    You should review Florida Statute 61.13 and in particular Paragraph (3)(a-t) for the specific factors which a court must consider when making a time sharing determination. You can find this at
    http://www.leg.state.fl.us/STATUTES/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0000-0099/0061/Sections/0061.13.html

    Good luck
    Sandra K. Ambrose

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  • In the State of Florida can someone enter a Supplemental Petition to modify time sharing again?

    This case is very unique. A Supplemental Petition to Modify time sharing was entered and accepted, along with all the paperwork (Filings) needed for it, like Notices, Notice of Social Security, Financial Affidavit, and so forth. However, due to th...

    Sandra’s Answer

    It is very difficult to provide you with concise answers because there is so much information that you have not provided.

    If you actually withdrew your petition without prejudice, you can file again as long as you can meet the legal standard (see below.) If you for some reason filed a dismissal or withdrawal of your petition WITH prejudice, you may be barred from refiling on the same grounds.

    I will say that there is no legal requirement to wait a year to file a petition to modify. There must be a substantial, permanent, involuntary change in circumstances in order for a petition to modify to be granted. As long as you can prove that, you should be ok. The bigger issue may be timing... if you file a new petition, he will have 20 days to respond.
    You may want to consult with a local attorney for advice.
    Best of everything,
    Sandra K. Ambrose

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  • Child support trial

    we are going to a child support trial. The dad is saying he can not afford the amount he is ordered to pay. What kind of questions will his attorney ask me. He is trying to prove hardship I do not have an attorney as I can not afford one

    Sandra’s Answer

    If the only issue is child support and you absolutely cannot afford legal counsel, you may also want to try to see if the Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Division can assist you! I am not sure of the cost to open a DORCSE case, but it is minimal. Contact your local office. They may be able to assist.
    Good luck.
    Sandra K. Ambrose

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  • Can I file a motion to vacate on cases that are closed and 2 yrs and 2 months old? What type of legal ground would I have?

    I applied with FedEx, who did a full background check. On my MVR, 2 DWLS popped up. I never had a lawyer in the beginning (wish I had), but then I called the DMV. They told me I have 4 citations on my record 3 criminal and 1 infraction. They also ...

    Sandra’s Answer

    You should contact an attorney in your area who does a lot of traffic infraction/ticket work. They could probably handle it quickly and help you get to work.

    For some reason this question was tagged as Child Custody which it is clearly not. Suggestion to tag it with Traffic or something like that.

    Sincerely,
    Sandra Ambrose

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  • My son went and took a drug test for DCF and couldn't pee because they watch you

    now he want him to do it again and he can't T in front of anyone he doesn't know what to do

    Sandra’s Answer

    Of course he should consult with an attorney, especially if DCF is involved and it is possible that he could lose his parental rights to a child. However, if he wishes to show DCF that he is clean and sober, he is going to need to work through his fear. He could volunteer and pay for a blood test for drugs if he wanted, I would imagine.

    Sandra Ambrose

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  • After Domes,ate a Domestic Restrained Order , you'll still need to contact the initial court for modify, drop it, is that true?

    If it's true why domesticate it then? Why the other state can take action against Defendant if Defendant cannot have hearing on the case, or Defend himself? How the two people get this things drop then?

    Sandra’s Answer

    Your question has a lot of important facts missing. As for generally, if a family/civil order is domesticated in another court, then it should be modifiable by the court that domesticated it. Sometimes people get confused about the difference between domesticating an order and establishing and enforcing an order.
    If the person who sought the domestic violence order does not want it in place any longer that person can file a request for dismissal... in whichever court is appropriate.
    If this is a criminal case, then none of what I said applies.

    Sincerely,

    Sandra Ambrose

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  • If we have two kids, and one spends more over nights then the other, how is CS calculated?

    We have 2 kids one is severely autistic. Does the amount I pay for him increase because of the condition? He is not in any special therapy and also collects SSI. He does not spend as much time as my other child. How do I accurately calculate over...

    Sandra’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues that due to the special circumstances of your case that you should at least consult with an experienced family law attorney in your area before signing anything.
    To answer your question though, if there are two children who spend differing numbers of overnights with the parents, you can either use a child support calculator that allows you to enter in differing overnight numbers or you can average the two amounts to reach a total average number of overnights.
    I do highly recommend seeking advise of counsel if not already accomplished.
    Sincerely,

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  • I'm currently in the process of marrying and I want my fiancé to adopt my child. what do I do?

    Her birth father pays child support currently but is not in her life, I know child support will most like stop I just need to know the steps to take so that my fiancé can adopt her. oh and her biological father's name is not on the birth certifica...

    Sandra’s Answer

    There are so many facts which need to be known in order to provide you with sound advice, it goes beyond what this website is created for.
    Florida does allow for stepparent adoptions, but the father must give his consent, to make it easier. If the father does not give his consent, it is a long road, which may or may not end with an adoption. That is where all the tiny facts come into play.
    I also recommend that you consult with an attorney who does not just family law, but specifically stepparent adoptions. And yes, if the child is adopted by a stepparent, the biological father's rights and obligations for the child cease... so no more support.

    Sincerely,

    Sandra K. Ambrose

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  • Can i be owed back pay from child support - i have over 20% custody for almost a year now and have not had any reductions yet

    i have filed with the court twice now to get reductions and her lawyer keeps sending it back and once said she wasnt aware that she and i agreed to reduce payments. i resent the request with all my financial affidavits and its been over 2 months w...

    Sandra’s Answer

    Because we do not have the full facts of your case, it is difficult for anyone to answer your question fully.
    Generally speaking, you must file a petition to modify, alleging a substantial, permanent change in circumstances, in order to change your child support. If properly filed, you could be entitled to a reduction (if there is one granted) in the child support going back to the date you filed the petition. But do not think that filing a petition will get action. You are required to follow the same rules and laws as a lawyer, if you are representing yourself. There are many, many rules and laws.
    You mention that she agreed to something..... clearly she hasn't really agreed, or her lawyer would know that. The only real agreement is an agreement in writing!
    I think that you need to obtain legal counsel to help you even determine whether you have a case, then assist in filing and moving the matter along if you do have a good enough case.

    Sincerely,
    Sandra K. Ambrose

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