Lisa Marie Vari’s Answers

Lisa Marie Vari

Pittsburgh Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Eric J Trabin
    2. Markus Ankuan Sermons
    3. Michael Charles McGinn
    4. Matthew Brian Podolsky
    5. Lisa Marie Vari
    6. ···
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    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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  2. Can one parent voluntarily sign over their parental rights, and without the consent of the other parent?

    Answered about 1 month 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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  3. How do I get money from a home purchased after marriage if spouse doesn't want to sell?

    Answered about 1 month 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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  4. Divorce in Florida..Can I become homeless because my husband wants a divorce ? He is kicking my out of the home. Please help.

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Robert Jason De Groot
    3. Steven David Miller
    4. Stephanie Mcqueen
    5. William Charles Rosenfelt
    5 lawyer answers

    If your husband owned this property prior to marriage, it is his separate property, but that does not necessarily mean he can kick you out if you are getting divorced. You may be entitled to alimony, and alimony may include the right to live in the marital home. You may be entitled to a credit for marital funds spent improving or otherwise reducing the debt on the home. You should schedule an in-person consultation with a lawyer with whom you are comfortable to get more information since this...

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

    Answered 10 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. I recently broke up with my fiance. She was unreliable, abusive, and apparently cheating. She has yet to give me back the ring.

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Harley Herman
    3. Mark Theodore Tischhauser
    4. Stephanie Mcqueen
    5. Rhonda Raulerson Portwood
    5 lawyer answers

    Whether or not you are entitled to return of the ring depends on some factors such as whether or not it could be considered a gift, what the court finds is the reason the marriage did not happen, etc. However, I agree with counsel that you have to consider that it will cost you a lot more to sue for the ring than the ring is worth, not to mention the hassle and stress that sometimes comes along with litigation. Cut your losses and look at your loss as a blessing.

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  7. My ex has filed an "Ex Parte Motion to Compel Father's Mandatory Disclosure" am I supposed to wait until I'm court ordered?

    Answered 16 days ago.

    1. Daniel A. Bachert
    2. Lisa Marie Vari
    3. Nydia N Streets
    3 lawyer answers

    You should not file any of your financial documents with the court other than your financial affidavit and a certificate of compliance with mandatory disclosure. If there are financial issues in your case, you do not need to wait for a court order to provide your mandatory disclosure to the other side. The rules require that you serve your mandatory disclosure within 45 days of the case being initiated (meaning the date either party was served by a process server to start the case).

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  8. Can a Lawyer defend his own family in court

    Answered 24 days ago.

    1. Nick Jay Dorsten
    2. Mark A Creech
    3. Arthur Brian Brandt
    4. Lisa Marie Vari
    5. William Charles Rosenfelt
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    Yes, a lawyer may defend his own family member in court.

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  9. I am being harassed by a girl . I was a victim of battery.

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Larisa Hernandez
    2. Lisa Marie Vari
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    3 lawyer answers

    You may be able to file a civil lawsuit against her for battery, and you should consult with a lawyer who practices civil litigation to understand if this is worth the cost of proceeding. A lawyer can send a cease and desist letter on your behalf, but you should be prepared to sue if she ignores the letter and continues to harass you.

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

    Answered 4 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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