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  • Am I considered an absent parent for public assistance purposes according to Florida law?

    My ex wife listed me as an absent parent in her public assistance application/updates. She is currently receiving medicaid, food stamps and welfare. I have 50% custody and pay child support on top.

    Betty’s Answer

    Your ex-wife should be reporting that she receives child support from you. If she is not reporting that income she receives from you then she is committing welfare fraud. What you do about it is up to you but it will catch up to her eventually and when it does, she most likely will be charged with a crime. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • How do i file for a divorce when he refuses and been separated 10 years. No children.

    Ive been separated from my husband for 10 years. No children. He lives in a different state. He already told me he wont sign divorce papers. What do i need to get a divorce? How do i file for one?

    Betty’s Answer

    You do not have to get his permission to get divorce as Florida is a no-fault state. If you do not know where he is, then you will have to do the divorce by publication. This will require you to complete an Affidavit of Diligent Search and Inquiry and state the different places or methods that you took to try and locate him. You should consider using an attorney. It will go much smoother that way, and most likely will not be real expensive if all you are looking for in the case is to get divorced. Contact an attorney today. Most AVVO attorneys like myself offer a free initial consultation. Take advantage of that and call one of us today. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • Need immediate help and advice on what to expect and say at his misdemeanor arraignment hearing on Monday Feb 15, 2016

    My son got into an loud argument with girlfriend in hotel room. Police called. Taken into custody and released the next day on own recognizance. Charged with battery. Girlfriend not pressing charges and has submitted request not to prosecute with ...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Sandler and suggest that you call around and at least get a phone consultation with a criminal attorney today regarding the matter. If he is unable to retain an attorney before Monday then he should show up to the hearing and plead not guilty. He may qualify for a public defender to represent him. However, if you want an attorney who can devote the time necessary to deal with this in the best way for your son, you should consider hiring an attorney. Most AVVO attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Call one of us today. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • How would alimony for the Wife work and would there be a way for him to just pay the mortgage instead? How do I start this?

    43 years of marriage is now ending in divorce. Husband walked out and hasnt lived in the home since May of 2015. His name is on all the bills, including the mortgage.

    Betty’s Answer

    Wow 43 years is a long term marriage for sure. This is not something you want to fool around with you should contact and retain a family law attorney to assist you in your divorce. Most AVVO attorneys like myself, offer a free initial consultation. Call one of us today. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • Question about unemployment appeal in Florida. Do I need attorney to fight this?

    I was let go from my job in Nov 2015 where I am a Dental Hygienist. It is a very small office, 3 employees and the Dr. I was contacted by another employee on a Sunday and told the Dr text her (he was on vacation) and instructed her tell me I was "...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with the other two attorneys and suggest that you contact an employment lawyer near you ASAP. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • Can my husband take my car?

    My husband and I have decided to get a divorce, he is bitter and angry because of the situation and keeps threatening me to take my car that is in his name. I am not on the car however I make payments with my account every month as I've done for t...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with all of the attorneys and suggest you consult with a family law attorney near you. Most AVVO attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Call one of us today. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • Can I get my dog back from my ex husband if it was not put in the divorce papers?

    My ex husband and I agreed to split custody of our dog and split his costs which I have been paying him the past few months. There was no mention of the dog in the divorce agreement. This agreement was made by text message. I own the dog. He is mi...

    Betty’s Answer

    If the dog was yours before the marriage and you have the paperwork to prove it, you should be successful in convincing the divorce judge to let you have the dog. It is property of the marriage otherwise, and the Court would have to determine who gets the dog at that point. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • What should I expect at hearing to try to keep my drivers license from being suspended due to being behind on child support?

    Lost my job 2 years ago but got another 6 months later but it is commission based so income is very up & down. For 10 years I have been current on child support even when I fell behind when I first lost my job I caught up as soon as I could. I fel...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney DeGroot and Attorney Barkus. Making sure you can document everything you are going to use to convince the court that you did not have the ability to pay the child support for those two months is what you need to focus on. Use of an attorney would help. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • Can I relocate with my children?

    I am legally married to my husband of 10 years, but I want to leave him and take my children with me and move up north within the state. There is no divorce filed or court order.

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with the other two attorneys. Florida has a relocation statute that has been in effect since 2007 and modified in 2009. You should familiarize yourself with that statute before taking any drastic steps as you may be forced to return to the county you left if you do not follow that statute. You should consult with a family law attorney. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • What penalties will I face when he files for custody?

    My husband and I are separated. I moved to Tampa with our 2 children in order to be able to get reliable help with child care, find a job to afford rent and go to school. I had previously discussed this with my husband, but he was not in agreement...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Feuerstein, if your husband files for custody and requests the Court to have you return the children to Ft. Lauderdale, then you will have to do so. Florida has a relocation statute that requires you to get permission from the other parent or consent from the Court to move more than 50 miles away. You should speak to a family law attorney immediately. Most AVVO attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Contact one of us today. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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