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  • My father broke my laptop on purpose. I got the laptop as a gift from my grandma and grandpa.

    He intentionally took the laptop and split it in half because he was mad about my mother and him arguing. I'm 13 years old and wanted to know if I could sue him to at least where I can buy another one. Also can you sue for mental abuse?

    Lisa’s Answer

    If your father is mentally abusing you, you should speak with someone you trust about this issue. These are pretty serious allegations. Talk to a guidance counselor, minister, or another person you feel comfortable opening up to. The law is designed to look out for the best interest of children so there are ways for you to get out of a situation where you are being abused.

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  • I would like to find a divorce attorney that is a Christian. I want one that just doesn't say they are Christian but really are

    I would also like to know the fees. I want to get alimony.

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    I agree with my colleagues. Speak with the pastor or minister at your Church. There is likely a member of your congregation that is an attorney and may practice family law or know another attorney that practices family law. Alternatively, you can contact a local bar association attorney referral program in your area. I wish you the best of luck.

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  • How do i give back a child to her family? i have done all i can. she has special needs that i cant provide.

    my niece died .leaving behind 4 children. one of the kids no one wanted to take.because of her all of her needs.(mental) so i took her. she is getting older and become more than i can handle. how do i make her family step up and raise her? i have...

    Lisa’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. You need to involve DCF in this case. You should not just leave her with her other family members, contact DCF and they will provide you information regarding how to handle this situation.

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  • Contempt of court ( child support))

    my x is out on two different bails 1 amount I'm unaware of the cost. But the second is $30,000. There hasn't been any payment from November last year. He latest bail was this year. How will that affect support?

    Lisa’s Answer

    Until he (or you, but I don't see why you would want to) requests a modification of child support he is required to pay the previously determined monthly amount. Failure to pay results in the amount of past due support continuing to build up.

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  • Driver license suspended but owns his company. How does he not get in trouble ?

    My daughters father has a suspended license till he pays childsupport over $2,000.00. Because he is over 8months behind. I have it court ordered that he can not pick up or drop off or drive around with my daughter in his car. He shouldn't drive at...

    Lisa’s Answer

    As unfair as it may seem to you, the right to see the child is not directly linked to the obligation to pay child support. So you cannot restrict his right to have a relationship with the child because of his failure to make the payments. He can, however, be held in contempt by the court for failing to follow a court order and the court may impose sanctions more serious than a license suspension.

    With regards to his suspended license he will only be charged with driving with a suspended license if he is stopped for another traffic violation as there is no other way that the police officers would know that he is not allowed to drive.

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  • What can I do to help my son? He does the below thing plus with holds all important school and medical information

    I went through a horrible divorce in 2011, the GAL wrote a report in my husbands favor. When she was questioned about it, it was all proven untrue. Since my divorce I have changed and this report has been used against me every time I go to cour...

    Lisa’s Answer

    My colleagues are correct. You need to contact DCF immediately. You should also hire a family law attorney in your area because you are likely headed for a very heavily litigated court battle. I wish you the best of luck.

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  • Is no contact order for a child under 5yr til 18 placed on mother only (parents still married) but have parental rights legal?

    CPS did in VA. Child placed with in laws in TN been there for at least 3yrs w/o any CPS contact what so ever, Father, mother and 2 other children live together in FL been there for 3 years w/o any CPS contact was so ever. Father in military. In la...

    Lisa’s Answer

    You should obey any and every court order. In this situation continue to abide by the no contact order and if you want to try to get it modified you should take the appropriate steps to do so. This process can be complicated so I suggest contacting a family law attorney for assistance. Best of luck.

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  • Mandatory Disclosure and tax returns in child support modification

    Am I entitled to my ex-husband's tax returns for the past 3 years under mandatory disclosure? If he consistently made more for the past three years on his tax returns, but his pay stubs say less, will I be able to get his increased income based o...

    Lisa’s Answer

    You should enter the paystubs into evidence and the returns and show the judge through testimony which income should be believed. It is up to the judge to determine the credibility of evidence. Mandatory disclosure requires that the last three years of tax returns are produced, but a party can object on grounds of relevance.

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  • Rental Property Loss as Deduction for net income in modification of child support?

    Can my ex-husband use his two rental property losses claimed on his tax return (form 1040) as a deduction in calculating net income? The properties that he rents out, he is claiming as a loss every month on his tax return, therefore he put a nega...

    Lisa’s Answer

    If he can prove the losses, yes they can be deducted from his gross income. As previously suggested, if you do not believe his numbers, you can do some investigation of your own through discovery.

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  • Child support guidelines

    OK, so the worksheet says to use the amount from line 27 of affidavit. However law says that "Reimbursed expenses or in kind payments to the extent that they reduce living expenses." count toward gross income. So, if I am making in kind payments...

    Lisa’s Answer

    Alimony payments (which it sounds like you are making) should be included in her gross income and deducted from your gross income for purposes of calculating child support. A lawyer can likely draft the child support guidelines for you at a flat, low fee just to give you peace-of-mind that they are calculated granting all deductions allowable by law.

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