Lisa Marie Vari’s Answers

Lisa Marie Vari

Pittsburgh Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 14
  1. Prepay child support

    Answered 6 days ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Denise Martinez Scanziani
    3. Nydia N Streets
    3 lawyer answers

    The answers to your questions depend on factors not shared (and which should not be shared on this public forum). For meaningful advice, you should schedule a consultation with a lawyer with whom you are comfortable to go over your options. Generally, since child support is a right that belongs to the child, you want to make sure that any arrangement you enter will hold up in court and will not affect your child's right to the full amount owed to him/her under state guidelines.

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  2. What could my ex-wife (custodial parent of our children) do to contest a modification of child support & time sharing?

    Answered 13 days ago.

    1. Robert Jason De Groot
    2. Lisa Marie Vari
    3. Michael Edward Golub
    4. William Charles Rosenfelt
    5. Nicole Prebeck
    5 lawyer answers

    This does not sound like parental kidnapping, but if you have a court order entitling you to visitation, you should seek to have it enforced through a motion for contempt. The longer you wait to do this, and the more your children become estranged from you, the more difficult it may be for you to re-establish/establish a bond with your children. So you should act quickly. One parent's failure to allow time-sharing to occur is not generally a basis for modification of a parenting plan, but it...

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  3. How can I sign over my parental rights

    Answered 3 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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  4. Is the alimony I receive considered as income if I'm requesting more child support?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Lisa Marie Vari
    3. Gregory Thomas Buckley
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes, alimony is income to you and you should list it as such on your financial affidavit.

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  5. What happens if there are two income deduction orders?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Vera Bergermann
    2. Lisa Marie Vari
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    3 lawyer answers

    The answer depends on where each order was entered. If both were entered in the state of Florida, usually the first order has priority, and the second order must take into account the first order when calculating what child support should be. You should hire a lawyer right away to address this since the longer you wait, the less likely you are to get an order overturned, and there are specific steps you must take to get an order vacated. It does not matter if the orders are temporary or...

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  6. Mother of Child relocated kids

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Brent Allan Rose
    3. Jordan Gerber
    4. Hernan Hernandez
    4 lawyer answers

    You should file a paternity action right away. The more time that passes, the less likely you are to get a judge to agree that the children should be returned to Miami. Under the law, since you did not have a custody order in place and were never married to the mother, the mother is considered the natural guardian of the children and therefore has the right to custody and sole decision making at this time. The way to assert your rights is through a paternity action in which you establish your...

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  7. I have a question regarding my case. On Saturday, I went to visit my dad and at his house. My sister doesn't live there at all

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Kathryn L. Hilbush
    3. Lidia L. Alperovich
    4. Jonathan Randall Altschuler
    4 lawyer answers

    In Pennsylvania, if there has been actual or threatened physical abuse including the placing of another in reasonable fear of bodily injury by stalking or otherwise, a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order may be entered by the court. PFAs are considered quasi-civil matters because although they are entered by family courts in Pennsylvania, the violation of an existing PFA order can be considered a criminal offense. PFAs may only be filed against family or household members including parents,...

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  8. Can my ex change our 50/50 custody agreement after 5 years simply because he wants her full time?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Kathryn L. Hilbush
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with Attorney Hilbush's advice. However, since it is unclear, I would also add that whether or not you have an existing Child Custody Order is important to determine what your next steps may be. Your question indicates that you have an "agreement." If the "agreement" has been memorialized in a Consent Order of Court and Father is preventing you from exercising your custodial time under the terms of the existing Order, then you may want to pursue an action for Enforcement of the Order...

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  9. Can someone sign over parental rights?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Betty Elaine Jones
    3. Penny Taylor-Miller
    4. Richard Scott Chizever
    4 lawyer answers

    Whether or not it would be better if your fiance ought to see his son is a personal, not a legal question, that a lawyer may not be able to answer. He has to assess whether or not he wants a relationship with his son and/or if the same is in his son's best interest. Your fiance may give up his parental rights if he consents to doing so as part of the stepfather's petition to adopt the child. Otherwise, he cannot just "give up" his parental rights so-to-speak. He will continue to be the legal...

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  10. Timesharing order broken

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Marian Audrey Lindquist
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    3 lawyer answers

    You should discuss with your attorney the possibility of filing a motion for contempt or other motion to bring this to the court's attention. Your attorney, knowing the specifics of your case, is in a better position to advise you as to how to proceed.

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