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  • Florida - I attended a court ordered mediation for my divorce and we came to an agreement.

    The mediation agreement was filed and the judge later signed an order approving mediated stipulation. At the status/final hearing, my spouse decided she had a problem with a financial distribution. Because we both did not agree to this being a fin...

    John’s Answer

    Under FL law the mediation agreement is binding when signed, with that said you should retain a lawyer.

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  • Absent father visitation

    My daughter's father is seeking visitation rights. He's never paid child support and didnt shown any interest for 2 years. He says he was wrong and is wanting to be a father, he has visited once and started skyping with her weekly, thats increase...

    John’s Answer

    He will have to come here several times then work his way into time sharing in his state, but yes assuming he does all those things he will likely get what he wants. Use of a lawyer is recommended in this case.

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  • Free consultation

    Is anyone able to do a free consultation through email, chat, etc? as it is difficult for me to do on the phone?

    John’s Answer

    Yes. Use of a lawyer is recommended in this case.

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  • What's the going rate for attorney fees in Hillsborough County to file a motion for child support modification?

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    John’s Answer

    $2500 retainer plus $500 cost retainer. Use of a lawyer is recommended in this case.

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  • Ex wife's income increased a lot, can I get child support lowered?

    I'm on child support for 3 kids from my ex wife, I'm $60,000 in arrears, not cause I have the money an just dont want to pay it, cse doesn't just want what you can afford but the full amount. I use to be able to afford it plus support my 3 kids wi...

    John’s Answer

    Having other kids will not help your case. You making less and her making more will help your case.
    Use of a lawyer is recommended in this case.

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  • Motion for Modification of Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence DENIED. What to do???

    I filed for a Protection Order back in February when my husband was removed from our home. It was made final in April so it has been 6 months in total of having no contact with my husband. He still has criminal charges pending, the hearing ...

    John’s Answer

    Try to file again, you can always go back to court. Use of a lawyer is recommended in this case.

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  • How can I file for divorce by myself and make it the "simplest form" and the quickest?

    I married a woman who was physically and verbally abused in her last marriage and she became what he was to her, to me. After almost 2 years, I couldn't take anymore and left her. She told me that she had filed for divorce, but come to find out, s...

    John’s Answer

    You can go and get all the forms on line or use a lawyer. Use of a lawyer is recommended in this case.

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  • Will I get as much child support as ex wife?

    My ex boyfriend was divorced with 3 kids when I met him. Now he & I have 3 kids, after 6 years of abuse I now have to live with my mom, my 2 little 1s I cant get daycare for so I cant work to support them. He works under the table an barely pays e...

    John’s Answer

    You will not get as much as the first mother. The law does not allow for that. Use of a lawyer is recommended in this case.

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  • I am currently in a modification of child support case

    My ex has a lawyer I dont. They are requesting me to produce papers I cant. I would like to have them produce where they posted 600 on the financial affidavit for day care she pays and I know its closer to 150. what can I file to make them p...

    John’s Answer

    They are entitled to have financial documents provided by you as part of discovery. You are also entitled to their mandatory discovery. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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  • Evidence of parental alienation?

    My sons father has gone out of his way for the entirety of our child's life to exclude me from the picture. I know that parental alienation is difficult to prove but I was wondering if the following can be used: my sons father enrolled our child i...

    John’s Answer

    You need expert testimony to prove this. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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