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  • Living with someone for 15 years and married for 3 years, am I able to get alimony or any compensation?

    My husband of 3 years makes almost 3 times as much as I do am I able to get alimony to live how I am used to for the last 15 years of our relationship? We refinanced his house and now my name is on the deed as of a couple of years ago.

    John’s Answer

    The time you were not married does not help you in any way. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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  • Would like to get a last name change or add just my step fathers last name to my current last name only.

    I have been raised by my stepfather. My parents have been together 22 years and want to honor my stepfather who has raised me and a great grandfather to my 3 year old son by officially changing my last name to match his and my mothers!! I grew u...

    John’s Answer

    File a petition for change of name. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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  • Family Law Question

    My MSA stated that my ex husband is to provide health coverage for our daughters along as it was reasonably available through his employer. He has now quit his job and is not working at all. When his support stopped I questioned him and he assur...

    John’s Answer

    File a motion for contempt to enforce the order. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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  • Do I have a good chance of obtaining custody of my 10yr old Grandson?

    Mother - Abandoned her son completely 18mos ago after leaving a drug treatment facility early. Father - 1 visit w his Son in 7 yrs. No communication or relationship. Lives out of state in New Hampshire. Pays court ordered child support sporadi...

    John’s Answer

    File a petition for custody by a relative. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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  • Can a workman comp settlement in Fla be taken for child support in another state

    Arrares only child over 21

    John’s Answer

    Yes, a workman comp settlement in Fla can be taken for child support in another state

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  • I am trying to get unsupervised visitations to see my daughter, her father wont let me see her, even tho I have supervised visit

    Oct of 2012 my case was closed by Eckerd all though I have meet the requirements to that of the case plan I can not afford an attorney and have been trying to go about this on my own but I am in a bind now because her father is not allowing me to ...

    John’s Answer

    You have to file a motion with the court and set a hearing. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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  • How to I get my ex to show me proof of what she makes?

    I'm in the middle of a modification of my parenting schedule. She finally answered my petition, but when she did, I noticed something funny. It looks like she whited out some of her statements. I would like to request her pay stubs or other financ...

    John’s Answer

    She is required to produce mandatory discovery which is a good start. Then go from there with subpoenas, depositions, etc. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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  • My new job switched my weekends off and my ex wife won't switch the weekends to allow me to see my son.

    We have no set weekends. Our parenting plan simply states alternating weekends. We have alternated week ends many times in the past to fix her needs, now all of a sudden it's a problem and she won't allow him to stay over. She told me I should jus...

    John’s Answer

    File a petition with the court to modify the existing parenting plan. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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  • If I'm in fear for my child safety as well as my own should I even file for child support?

    My child's biological father has never been around, we split right before finding out I was pregnant. He use to threaten me during my pregnancy once I told him about it, and I'm just curious if I should even file for child support ? She's 4 now an...

    John’s Answer

    You can file for child support and get money or not and live in fear. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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  • I am waiting on court for modification of child support. My ex spouse got an attorney. Said attorney sent me and email demanding

    I produce stuff like bank account info, all.contact with ex spouse and family job applications (which you turn in so not sure how anyone would have a copy) and such . I see however it isn't endorsed nor through the court. He's given me 30 days. ...

    John’s Answer

    You have to comply with the request. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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