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  • What is custodial interference and what grounds does someone need to file for it?

    My ex wife and I have lived in Florida all our kids lives up until 2 years ago when she petitioned to move up to Virginia. Since moving up there I am consistently denied my court ordered visitation time with the kids. I argue that it's my time but...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Fuerstein and would note this is a duplicate question. You really need to talk to or inquire of an attorney in Virginia if that is where the children and the Court Order are. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • Do I have a case if I was fired from Hillsborough County (while on my 6 month probation - 4th month) for being injured at work?

    I was terminated from Hillsborough County today without reason. My only assumption is because I was injured at work, and was out for a couple of days for it. have always been told and commended on the work that I have done, and had just received...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Shapiro. You may have two separate claims here rolled in to one. Contact an employment lawyer ASAP. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • Can I change my child support order so that I'm only paying owed child support?

    I have a child support order that was established in 2010. My child's mother and I have agreed to modify our childs support order. We filled out the Fl Child Support Guidelines together and the final number with the child care and overnights fille...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with both attorneys. You need to make sure that it is spelled out clearly and file the appropriate motion to deviate from guidelines. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • Ex boyfriend wins custody of the child. will a DNA test take his right will the courts give me back my daughter under those term

    My ex boyfriend won full custody over my daughter. but I know for a fact he is not the father. IF I summon the court to do a DNA test and it proven he is not the father, will all his rights be taken, and will they return my daughter back to me. wh...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with Attorneys Rosenfelt and Fuerstein, if a DNA test has already been performed and the Court accepted that as evidence he is the father, it will be difficult to rebut. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • Currently, my wife is under investigation for fraud by the state attorney, and now she has served me papers to divorce me.

    We have been separated for nearly seven (7) months after I learned that she had forged my name on a company credit card on which she charged up over $200,000. As well, she has committed tax fraud and other types of financial fraud (including liqu...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Rosenfelt, you need to contact a family law attorney immediately and go in for a consultation. There are several things going on here that may relate to each other or may not. Without knowing all of the facts it is impossible to advise you. I do know that a spouse who unilaterally liquidates marital assets without the other spouse's knowledge or consent if it can be proven will certainly not be rewarded by the Court. Florida is an equitable distribution state, but if your wife dissipated or liquidated marital assets without your consent and approval the Court can and likely will award you an unequal distribution of the remaining assets if you request it in you Answer and Counter-Petition. Do you know all of the assets that she has liquidated? Do you know what is left? Is there a paper trail? Most AVVO attorneys like myself offer a free initial consultation. Contact one today. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • How can I get a stalking order (which was all based on heresay-lies) removed?

    My girlfriend was arrested twice for domestic violence against me in Pinellas County FL. She moved to Orange County FL and got a stalking restraining order against me based on her telling the judge a bunch of lies. He said she is a girl and she ...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with the other attorneys. You need to consult with a family law attorney and retain them to file a Motion to Dissolve the Stalking injunction. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • What is defined as "substantial" to change a parenting plan?

    The judge on our case denied my attempt to dismiss a supplemental petition filed by my ex. She stated in her petition that (this is how it is worded) "Our daughter has engaged in inappropriate behaviors due to seeing these inappropriate behaviors ...

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    That is a very good question. Basically for a modification you have to show that there is a change in circumstances that did not exist at the time the last order was entered that makes it detrimental to the welfare of the minor child not to change the parenting plan. Kissing your significant other in the presence of your daughter would not per se qualify as a substantial change in circumstances that warrants a change in the parenting plan. She may be claiming more than that however, you need to obtain counsel to ensure you don't lose what you already have. A review of the Supplemental Petition and other documents would be necessary to advise you more specifically. Most AVVO attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Call one today. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • If everything is agreed upon at mediation how long before the judge signs the final order? For divorce with a child.

    There is nothing left to be decided. How long does it take before the judge signs and it is final?

    Betty’s Answer

    Well I cannot speak for other counties but the Final Judgment is usually signed and given to the parties at the Final Hearing on the Uncontested docket call in Hillsborough County. Even though you agree and sign an agreement about everything, one of the parties who has filed a petition with the Court must appear before the Court for the purposes of taking testimony about your residency and that the marriage is irretrievably broken. I don't think it matters if you have an attorney or not, the testimony has to be heard by the Judge for them to sign a Final Order. Hope this helps. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • Can I put the father of my baby on child support but keep him physically away from the child

    the father denied the baby so he is not on the birth certificate, didn't want him, has never asked about him, the baby is 1 and a half and they've never met. I want to put him on child support but I don't want him to have any rights to my child.

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Rosenfelt. However, the typical knee-jerk reaction is that the father all of a sudden wants to be a part of the child's life because if he can get some overnights he can reduce his child support. Having been forewarned of what might come your way, I think you should file for child support. In fact, it is really the child's right and you have an obligation to go after it. Find a family law attorney to assist you. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • Who is responsible for loss on house? Both names are on mortgage but only mine is on the deed.

    I bought the home 4 years prior to the marriage and we refinanced after getting married. His name was added to the mortgage but never the deed. We have been separated for a year. He is living in the home and is continually 2-3 months behind. We ar...

    Betty’s Answer

    Since you say he was added to the mortgage, you both are jointly and severally liable for the mortgage. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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