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  • Deposition for Child and Spousal Support

    I have a deposition scheduled for spousal and child support because my ex appealed my appeal for attempting to reduce the support money. She is offering a reduced dollar amount for the support to avoid the deposition. I'm understanding that these ...

    Lisa’s Answer

    Settling a case via an agreement is normally the most economical way to resolve a case. However, only an attorney that has actually reviewed your file would be able to provide you with guidance about what should be done in this situation. If you have an attorney set up a meeting to discuss this with him or her. Otherwise I advise you to attempt to find an attorney in your area to represent you. Best of luck.

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  • Child support

    Does me being married stop me from getting child support from my sons father?

    Lisa’s Answer

    Obtaining child support payments from the biological parents is the right of the child. A subsequent relationship by one parent does not interfere with the child's right to support. The situation, however, would change should your new spouse decide to adopt your child and the biological father consents to this adoption. In that case the biological father would no longer be obligated to pay support. Best of luck.

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  • What do i do to make it so my child's mother has to let me see my child on a regular basis?

    my daughters mother and i split up whens she was five she is now 10 her mother doesn't allow me to see her unless its works for her which is rarely never. my daughter has two older sisters and i want them to grow up knowing each other. i pay chil...

    Lisa’s Answer

    If you were never married to the mother, you need to establish your visitation rights through a paternity action. In the paternity action, you can ask for a parenting plan that establishes (1) parental responsibility (the right you have to make decisions concerning the welfare of your daughter) and (2) time-sharing (the schedule for visitation with your daughter which can include overnight and holiday visits). The process does not have to be too expensive or too complicated. Meet with a lawyer with whom you are comfortable to determine your best options in proceeding.

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  • How can i get a divorce from my US citizen wife while I'm currently living in Jamaica and I am also from here

    I was recently deported back to Jamaica from the US and want to get divorced from my US citizen wife.

    Lisa’s Answer

    Contact a lawyer in the area where you wife lives. That attorney can file the necessary paperwork to get the process started on your behalf. Best of luck.

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  • Divorce lawyer

    lived in NJ until Aug of 2014 and moved to PA and filed for divorce before I moved. thinking the divorce would be easy I didn't ask for anything except alimony now he filed a counter claimed for half the assets that he told me he didn't want wan...

    Lisa’s Answer

    If you can't reach an agreement with regards to the dissolution of your marriage it is in your best interest to hire an experienced family law attorney in your area. The attorney will be able to provide you with the legal guidance and representation you need to resolve the issues you are facing. The attorney, however, can only do so much. Of course your lawyer will do everything to argue for the relief you are seeking, but Pennsylvania law governs how the case will be resolved and the judge will make decisions based on that law. Best of luck.

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  • I have been working a case plan to get my children back for a little over a year, I have done everything they ask and nothing

    The father of one child is fighting me, even though he carries on seeing me wout the court knowing. I have told them that he is just fighting me out of spite, I'v passed several drug test, done all my classes and still attend classes without the ...

    Lisa’s Answer

    I presume your case is in dependency court. If so, you should have a lawyer (if you cannot afford one, you should have a court-appointed lawyer). If you do not have one, you should schedule a consultation with a lawyer with whom you are comfortable for specific guidance since much more information is needed to determine how to proceed.

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  • My ex just text me and said to check under my car as he put a device there unbeknown to me. Is this legal?

    My ex is a psychotic alcoholic. He thinks I am with another man (I am not) and claims he tracked my car to another city last night. I told him I was not and he retorted with, "Yes, you were, I know it, check under your car." Can I file harassme...

    Lisa’s Answer

    Attorney Morcroft provided sound guidance. A petition for injunction against domestic violence may be what is needed, and even if you find that there is no device, other actions may give provide grounds for filing the petition. Speak with a lawyer about the specifics of your situation to determine the best steps.

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  • Custody Modification 14 and 12 Year Old

    My ex husband and I divorced in 2006 after he kicked me out, and We were separated for over a year. I received primary custody of our two kids then 3 and 5. I remarried and had two more children. We had severe financial difficulty in '10 and I wa...

    Lisa’s Answer

    More information is needed to guide you. It sounds like you may need to file a petition to modify a the time-sharing arrangement or an motion to enforce a current court order. A consultation with a lawyer may help steer you in the right direction. I encourage you to act quickly since time is of the essence in these situations.

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  • Have a question in regards to child support/child custody

    looking to see how to lower my support..and possibly get joint..or visitation rights

    Lisa’s Answer

    If you have a court order for child support now, you can petition to modify that. You must show a substantial change in circumstances since the entry of the order. If you have a court order for time-sharing already, same rule applies. If you do not have a court order concerning visitation/time-sharing yet, you get that by filing a petition for paternity. Much more information is needed to tell you how to proceed, so you should schedule a consultation with a lawyer with whom you are comfortable as soon as possible.

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  • A woman is having my child and doesn't want me to be in my child's life, what are my options?

    A little embarrassing, but I'm having a baby with a woman I barely know. I have been nothing but respectful and polite to this woman so I do not understand her reasoning behind this. I expressed my want (and parental right) to be in my child's lif...

    Lisa’s Answer

    In order to be a part of the child's life you need to establish your paternity through the courts. A DNA test should be done in order to confirm that the child is in fact yours. If you are the father, then you should proceed to have your paternity established. When paternity is established you will have parental rights, but also the obligation to pay child support. When the child is born you should contact a family law attorney in your area for assistance with the process of filing a Petition to Establish Paternity. Best of luck.

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