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Lisa Marie Vari

Pittsburgh Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Does a florida divorce judgement expires or becomes void if we continuted to live together

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Robert P Garven
    3. Betty Elaine Jones
    3 lawyer answers

    The terms of the order apply until they are modified by further court order, or in some cases, by written agreement of you and your ex. So, the person who was awarded exclusive use and possession of the home, legally is entitled to remain in the home pursuant to the order. The other party may face an eviction action in the future if the party entitled to remain in the house wishes to have the other party leave. On the custody issue, again, the order controls, but the non-custodial parent...

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  2. Divorce legal fees

    Answered 15 days ago.

    1. Kendra L. A. Stephen
    2. Lisa Marie Vari
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    3 lawyer answers

    You need to ask your lawyer how to proceed since he/she is in a better position to advise you knowing the particular facts and circumstances of your case. Generally, you should perform a cost-benefit analysis in proceeding with litigation (i.e. is the risk and cost involved in going forward worth the possible benefit?). Best of luck to you.

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  3. Family court

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Daniel de Paz
    2. Robert Jason De Groot
    3. Lisa Marie Vari
    3 lawyer answers

    There is no stated age under Florida law, and this determination is made on a case by case basis. Specifically, Florida Statute 61.13 states the court may take into consideration "The reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child to be of sufficient intelligence, understanding, and experience to express a preference." If you want to modify your current custody order, you should meet with a family lawyer to discuss other factors which may be relevant in modifying. Generally,...

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  4. Do I need an experienced lawyer to protect my child?

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    1 lawyer answer

    Yes, you need an attorney. You should schedule a consultation with one to go over the specifics of your case. Falsely reporting child abuse is a crime, so you should consult with a lawyer about your options on how to address that, if it is found that the allegations made were not in good faith. More information concerning the stage of the DCF investigation is needed to fully answer your question, but again I think it would be worthwhile for you to meet with an attorney to go over the specifics.

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  5. Is there anything I can do legally to stop the mom (xwife) sending threats through her 4 year old daughter?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Vanessa Alexandra Vasquez de Lara
    3. Antonio Giovonnie Martin
    4. Robert Jason De Groot
    5. Alan James Brinkmeier
    5 lawyer answers

    If you are in clear and present danger of harm from your boyfriend's ex, you should call the police. Statements from a 4-year old are not likely going to get you any legal relief as this point, but if the ex wife actually shows up and tries to harm you, you should call the police. If the ex wife threatens you directly, you may be able to get an injunction against her. You should consult with a lawyer as soon as possible to get more specific advice.

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  6. Non-custodial parent signs the 8332 form for the custodial parent, who previously released an exemption "for all future years"?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. William Charles Rosenfelt
    2 lawyer answers

    This is a question more suited for an accountant. Most lawyers are not qualified to give accounting advice. Without getting into IRS rules, it sounds like if the custodial parent claims it and the non-custodial parent doesn't challenge it, the IRS is not going to care. It probably becomes an issue only when there is a challenge from the non-custodial parent at which time the IRS would probably audit the situation. Again, you should consult an accountant or other qualified tax professional to be...

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  7. Petition for Modification of Child Support

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Robert Jason De Groot
    2. Lisa Marie Vari
    3. Betty Elaine Jones
    3 lawyer answers

    In order to obtain a modification of child support, the person asking for the modification must prove that the lowered income is substantial and permanent. It sounds like this is a temporary reduction in income. Therefore, your ex-husband may qualify for a temporary modification for a set period (i.e. while he is on medical leave), but not a permanent modification if he is able to return to work in a set period of time. To answer your questions. 1) He still owes you the arrears for the months...

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  8. When separated but still legally married who gets to claim the children on taxes?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Lisa Marie Vari
    2. Steven M Zelinger
    3. Thomas J. Wagner
    4. Irena Shiloh
    4 lawyer answers

    Based on the facts you've supplied, I would suggest that you consult with an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible. Since you indicated that you currently receive child support and spousal support, it is possible that the answer to "who gets to claim the kids on their taxes" may be answered by the terms of your Support Order. Also, you mentioned that there's a "hearing for custody" scheduled for next month --- if you haven't already, I would strongly suggest that you retain an...

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  9. Controlling mother has custody of my 6 year old.

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Deborah G. Zitomer
    2. Lisa Marie Vari
    3. Kathryn L. Hilbush
    4. Michelle Ericka Goldstein
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleagues' thoughts above, but I would add some additional details about Grandparents' Custody in Pennsylvania. Specifically, although the Custody Law in PA allows grandparents to pursue custody of their grandchildren in limited circumstances, the law is clear that the rights of a parent will almost always trump the rights of a grandparent. Of course, additional details are needed to determine how you should proceed. Accordingly, I would encourage you to speak with an...

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  10. Presently separated. I am paying child support and spousal support

    Answered 7 months ago.

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

    I agree with my colleague's answer above, your divorce attorney will best be able to evaluate the impact spouse's living situation may have on a potential alimony award. But, for your reference - the Court looks to 17 factors to assist it in making the determination if alimony is necessary; and, if so, the nature, amount, duration, and manner of the payment of alimony. The factors are: (1) The relative earnings and earning capacities of the parties. (2) The ages and the physical, mental...

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