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  • How do I get custody of a child that is not my birth child?

    About nine months ago my niece came to live with me, her mother moved out of state and has had little contact with her since leaving. The original agreement was she would help financially with what she could but has failed to help. The state says ...

    Lisa’s Answer

    There are several options for obtaining custody of your niece. Without consent of the parents, however, it may be difficult for you to do so. You should certainly consult with a family law attorney in your area so that you can explain the situation in more detail and they will be able to give you specific advice.

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  • Is there a limit to how many times my husband can file a petition for a timesharing modification?

    My husband is divorced and has two small children. He currently has the children every other weekend, picking them up from school those Fridays and dropping them off at school on Monday morning. He would like more time with his children, such as 5...

    Lisa’s Answer

    There is no limit, but as previous posters indicated, there are sanctions for filing frivolous pleadings, and he may limit his right to proceed if he does not pursue the petitions properly. Therefore, use of a lawyer on the first try is best so that he does not mistakenly waive his rights.

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  • I over paid 4,000 in child support on a case that is now closed, how do I get the money back?

    Paid to the state of Florida through a settlement I got from a workmanship comp case.

    Lisa’s Answer

    It may be difficult to get the money back, and you have to consider how much it will cost you to hire an attorney to do so (the cost of litigation may exceed the amount owed; the filing fee alone is a few hundred dollars). Schedule a consultation with a lawyer with whom you are comfortable to determine your best options.

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  • What is the time frame or number of days someone has to report a violation of a no contact order?

    He was arrested for aggravated battery against me on 01/30/15. The next day he text me from a different number stating he didnt mean to hurt me by running me over with his car. I was scared. We had a temporary restraining order and it has been lif...

    Lisa’s Answer

    I agree, you can still report it, but it is up to the State Attorney to pursue him for it.

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  • How can i register my foreign divorce in U.S ? Do i need to contact to my husband?

    5 years ago we win the green card lottery and moved to US. we had a lot of problems and after 4 months i went back to my country and got divorce because he let me for do that, but now i get my citizenship, but in interview her told me you should...

    Lisa’s Answer

    As my colleague said, you need to domestic the foreign divorce judgment as required by Florida law. There are certain requirements that must be met in order for the state to recognize the judgment so it is in your best interest to contact a family law attorney in your area for specific guidance based on your unique situation. Best of luck.

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  • Can my ex husband take my kids?

    Divorce was final on October 4, 2013. My boyfriend lives with me and has since sept 2013, before my divorce was final. He is a convicted felon on drug charges and went to prison in 2001 and 2008. He has been clean since 2008. He is a great person ...

    Lisa’s Answer

    I agree with both my colleagues. In order for the modification of time-sharing to be granted he needs to show that there has been a substantial change in circumstances to warrant the modification. Based on the fact that your boyfriend has been living with you since before the final judgement was entered and he presumably knew about it there does not seem to be any changes in this situation that would warrant modification. Best of luck.

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  • What can I do if I don't get a court date before my cruise?

    I am taking my ex-wife to court because she will not give me consent to take our daughter on a cruise. What can I do if for one reason or another I don't get a court date before the cruise?

    Lisa’s Answer

    Previous posters offer great guidance. If you already filed your motion and requested a hearing you should also call the judge's office or the case manager to explain the urgency of getting a hearing date.

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  • Child support tax dependent question

    My husband has a settlement agreement with his ex that was done at mediation. It was his year to claim his son and the mother went ahead and did so. In the agreement it does say he has to be current on his payments. He did fall behind but got caug...

    Lisa’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Streets. It depends on the wording of the agreement and how the judge interprets it. It has been my experience that if he is not current as of December 31 of the tax year he is trying to claim he is not "current" on the payments for tax purposes.

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  • I left my husband 4 years ago because of abuse can he file for divorce for abandonment?

    I had 8 domestic violence calls to police and two orders of protection when I.left now he's says he's going to court to.get a divorce and try and take my youngest daughter. He denies us money for food as I am unemployed since September. He's a fel...

    Lisa’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Streets. The answer largely depends on where this case will be filed and you should act quickly if you think he will file in NY. You may be able to file in Florida before him which may give you an advantage to proceeding. A meeting with a lawyer may help clarify this for you.

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