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Lisa Marie Vari

Pittsburgh Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Financial Disclosure

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Nicole Kessler Ferry
    3. Rebecca M Nunez
    3 lawyer answers

    According to Florida Rule of Family Procedure 12.285(c) (Exemption from Requirement to File and Serve Financial Affidavit): The parties shall not be required to file and serve a financial affidavit if they are seeking a simplified dissolution of marriage (meaning uncontested) they have no minor children, have no support issues, and have filed a written settlement agreement disposing of all financial issues, or if the court lacks jurisdiction to determine any financial issues. Hope that helps.

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  2. Can a male illegally here in the U.S with a warrant for deportation claim custody of the kids?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Giacomo Jacques Behar
    3. Kyndra L. Mulder
    4. Nasir M. Khan
    4 lawyer answers

    Generally, the family courts are not concerned with a person's immigration status unless it affects the best interest of the children. The father can certainly petition for custody/time-sharing, but he has to show it's in the best interest of the children for him to have custody/time-sharing. If he is to be deported and wants to file a petition for relocation, asking the children to move to his country, he has to show the court this is in the children's best interest. That may be difficult for...

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  3. I am wondering how to ammend a custody agreement that i agreed to it is 50/50 every other week

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Michael Kuldiner
    3. Susan J. Vandegrift
    3 lawyer answers

    In Pennsylvania a Petition to Modify an Existing Custody Order can be presented to the court at any time until the minor children's eighteenth birthdays. The law requires that judges consider the best interests of minor children and may grant a modification even if there has not been a change in circumstances. A request for modification of an existing custody order must be filed to begin the formal court modification process. The UCCJEA (Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act)...

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  4. If there is child support arrears and the child reaches 18 and/or graduates from high school must payment of arrears continue?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Betty Elaine Jones
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes. The child support arrears that were ordered is a vested right that does not disappear when the child turns 18. That would be like skipping payments on a lease agreement and when the lease is up saying you don't owe the money for the skipped months. You still had the leased item during the skipped months, and similarly, your child still needed necessities during the skipped months of payments which the other parent paid without help at that time.

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  5. Child Support and APL Calculations: Net Income Determination.

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Kerith Strano Taylor
    3. David James Henry
    4. Kathryn L. Hilbush
    4 lawyer answers

    First, let me say, that what sounds like "should be simple" is oftentimes more complicated than it seems. As such, I would urge you to consult with an experienced child support attorney in your area to learn the answers to your questions, as well as how best to proceed in a child support action. However, you are correct in that the starting point for child support in Pennsylvania is the parties' net monthly incomes (Pa.R.C.P 1910.16-2(c)). To calculate net income, the following items are...

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  6. Want to separate due to violence at home. Almost a decade of marriage. Does that matter in Florida? All vehicles on his name

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Heather Morcroft
    2. Lisa Marie Vari
    3. Kevin H. Pate
    3 lawyer answers

    If violence is still occurring or has occurred recently, you need to file a petition for injunction against domestic violence. In the petition, you can request exclusive use and possession of the marital home (even if he owns it solely). The other option is to file for divorce and file an emergency/urgent motion for support so that you get temporary alimony pending the resolution of the case. In the motion you can ask for use of one of the vehicles. Filing for divorce when the matter is...

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  7. Hello If you are paying childsupport and the child is spending before and after school at your home is that co-parenting

    Answered 9 days ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Fritznie Abigail Jarbath
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    3 lawyer answers

    You may be able to have your child support reduced if these are circumstances which have changed since entering your final judgment. You have to file a petition for modification and along with it, a motion to deviate from the child support guidelines citing specifically your increased time with your child. Co-parenting has more to do with decisions that affect the welfare of a child and the duty you and your ex have to confer on these issues. Child support is generally a separate issue.

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  8. What can a judge do if a custodial parent is drug tested (requested by non cust parent) only to reveal traces of cannabis?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Scott Michael Weiss
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    4. Penny Taylor-Miller
    5. David L. Hirsch
    5 lawyer answers

    A court may order you to submit to random drug testing, so it is good that you are no longer using. A positive drug test is not alone a basis to deny a petition for relocation, but drug use is something the court can certainly consider in analyzing the best interest of the child. In relocation cases, I think the court is more concerned with how the move will affect the child and the child's relationship with the non-relocating parent. So while you should do everything you can to keep your...

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  9. If my ex wants gain full custody of our child, can i move out of home with child during this process?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Cash Alexander Eaton
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    3 lawyer answers

    You are bound by the court order in place regarding custody until a new order is issued amending the current custody order. When you say you were "given primary guardian" of your son, it sounds like you mean the court granted you full custody/time-sharing of your son. If this is true, depending on what other terms are in the original order, you are likely allowed to move out of the home you share with your ex, keeping in mind that pursuant to Florida law, you cannot relocate 50 miles or more...

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  10. How can I sign over my parental rights

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Gregg R. Brennan
    3. David L. Hirsch
    3 lawyer answers

    When you say "sign over" your parental rights I presume you want to know how to terminate your parental rights so that you have no further rights or obligations concerning your child. You can do so in the context of an adoption or a dependency case. If there is an adoption, you can agree to relinquish your parental rights so that someone else can assume the role. The information that follows your question is unclear, but generally one cannot just give up legal responsibility for a child without...

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