Lisa Marie Vari’s Answers

Lisa Marie Vari

Pittsburgh Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. How long does a person have to report Domestic Violence? Should the police be called right away.

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Gregory L. Olney II
    2. Lisa Marie Vari
    3. Paul Grant Dwyer
    4. Tony Anthony
    4 lawyer answers

    From a safety standpoint, the police should be called right away if a person fears for his/her safety. Calls to 911 should be limited to emergency situations.

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

    Answered 7 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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  3. I have filed for paternity. As part of the paternity agreement, I want to change my daughter's last name.

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Scott Michael Weiss
    3. Cary Garcia
    4. Kenneth Ray Turner Jr.
    5 lawyer answers

    No, as long as you include a claim in your paternity petition that you want he name changed. If you already filed the petition without including this claim, you need to amend your petition to include the claim. Depending on whether or not the other side already filed a response to your petition or not, you may be able to amend without seeking a court order. Consult in person with a lawyer with whom you are comfortable to determine the best way to proceed.

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  4. How to respond to a Petiton?

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Tami Lane Augen
    3. Jacqueline Green
    4. Tony Anthony
    4 lawyer answers

    When a petition is served, the person served typically has 20 days to file a written response to the petition admitting, denying or stating that he/she is without knowledge of each allegation contained in the petition. Your question is very broad and to get the assistance you need to adequately protect your rights, you should really meet with a lawyer right away to go over your defenses. Responses to petitions are important because if you do not include certain claims, you may waive your rights.

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  5. What is the visitation for living away from children that over 150 miles but in the same state?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Scott Michael Weiss
    2. Lisa Marie Vari
    3. Nydia N Streets
    4. Joseph Gufford III
    4 lawyer answers

    If your ex is not allowing you to have time with your children, and there is no court order concerning time-sharing in place, you likely need to file a motion for interim time-sharing so that you have a court order that gives you visitation now (rather than waiting until your case is resolved at trial, which could take a long time). If you went to mediation and were unable to resolve your case, your case will be set for trial at some point. You may benefit from at least a consultation with a...

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  6. What happens in family court when a person is ordered to pay thousands of dollars but that person has no money?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. William Charles Rosenfelt
    2. Robert Jason De Groot
    3. Lisa Marie Vari
    4. Michael David Weinstock
    4 lawyer answers

    The person ordered to pay may be held in contempt and further sanctions may be ordered, including incarceration. However, this sanction is usually only levied when there is willful non-compliance, meaning the person has the ability to follow the order but does not. With that said, the person ordered to pay should probably make every reasonable effort to follow the court's order, even if that means selling assets to satisfy the judgment, paying as much as possible monthly, etc. That way, if a...

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  7. I just went through a nasty custody battle over my daughter and lost. How do I file an appeal?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. William Charles Rosenfelt
    2. Lisa Marie Vari
    3. Jonathan Hackworth
    4. Joseph Julius Registrato
    5. Clifford M. Miller
    5 lawyer answers

    You have 30 days from the date the order is entered to appeal. Appeals are not easy and have very specific rules that need to be followed, so I would not encourage you to appeal on your own. Too, you must consider that you cannot appeal a ruling simply because you do not like it - you have to have a legal basis for the appeal. Even still, if you did not properly preserve your objections for the purpose of appeal at trial, you may not have grounds to appeal. A consultation with a lawyer may help...

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  8. What happens next if my spouse refuses to serve the divorce papers or responses with 'NO' answer within 20 days?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Eric J Trabin
    2. Markus Ankuan Sermons
    3. Michael Charles McGinn
    4. Matthew Brian Podolsky
    5. Lisa Marie Vari
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    I agree with previous posters, but would add that if your wife responds in writing that she does not want to divorce or that the marriage is not irretrievably broken, according to Fla. Stat. 61.052, the court may order either or both of you to consult with a marriage counselor or other qualified person for consultation. In the alternative, the court may continue the case for no more than 3 months to give you and your spouse a chance to reconcile. Best of luck to you.

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  9. Can one parent voluntarily sign over their parental rights, and without the consent of the other parent?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. William Charles Rosenfelt
    3. Jeffrey B. Lampert
    3 lawyer answers

    Him being on the birth certificate creates a presumption that he is the father, but to formally establish his parental rights and obligations (visitation, child support, etc.), a paternity action needs to be filed. Generally, Florida law does not allow a parent to just voluntarily surrender his/her parental rights, especially when there is no one willing to assume the surrendering parent's rights/obligations.

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  10. How do I get money from a home purchased after marriage if spouse doesn't want to sell?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Steven David Miller
    2. Lisa Marie Vari
    3. William Charles Rosenfelt
    4. Robert Ricci
    4 lawyer answers

    If divorce has already been filed, you need to include a claim for partition in your pleadings. If the two of you cannot agree on who retains the home/pays equity to the other for the value of the home, or some other satisfactory arrangement, the court may order that the property be sold and the proceeds divided. Specific language is necessary for a partition action to stand so I encourage you to meet with a lawyer with whom you are comfortable for specific advice on how to proceed. Best of...

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