Vera Bergermann’s Answers

Vera Bergermann

Fort Myers Family Law Attorney.

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  1. What happens if there are two income deduction orders?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Vera Bergermann
    2. Lisa Marie Vari
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    3 lawyer answers

    Ask to have the second order vacated, because the earlier order was not taken into the child support equation for the second order. You now are having an unlawful amount of money withheld from your paycheck. Your employer should be made aware of Federal law regarding maximum percentages of pay that can be withheld.

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  2. I signed a mediation agreement paper concerning my divorce, can I change my mind before entering into the final hearing?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Vera Bergermann
    2. Ayuban Antonio Tomas
    3. David Alexander Browde
    3 lawyer answers

    Your attorney was present, the mediation sounds normal enough (five hours isn't excessive), and you signed the agreement knowing that you were giving up your interest in the house. If you didn't want to do that, then you should not have signed. You should have read it "slowly and clearly line by line" at the time of the mediation--not afterward. I hope that people who read this question and answer learn something from your situation. "DON'T BE IN A RUSH TO SIGN A MEDIATION AGREEMENT." You...

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  3. Can a Motion for Civil Contempt regarding time sharing be filed even after the minor child is 18?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Vera Bergermann
    2. Stephen George Henderson
    3. Robert Jason De Groot
    4. Michael Charles McGinn
    4 lawyer answers

    You are done. He is 18 and can make his own decisions re spending time with you. His mother has no legal right to intervene. Leave the missed Thanksgiving behind. You waited too long. I wish both you and your son a warm and loving relationship.

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  4. Is there an advantage to filing for dissolution of marriage?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Vera Bergermann
    2. Don A Dennis
    3. Danielle Marie Levy
    4. Sabina Tomshinsky
    4 lawyer answers

    Yes, there are advantages to filing even when you don't want the divorce. The advantages are that the court system is available to you to enforce your basic right to parent your child. It is not guaranteed that you will get equal parenting time, but the court will provide you a parenting plan if you cannot craft one informally with your wife. Having a plan is better than being manipulated by someone who shares parenting time and then yanks it away. Regarding the drag and delay issue: it...

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  5. How can my fiance get a divorce from his wife while incarcerated?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Brent Allan Rose
    2. Vera Bergermann
    3. Peggy M. Raddatz
    3 lawyer answers

    He needs to hire an attorney to appear on his behalf and ensure that the case is properly concluded.

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  6. What are my rights?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Vera Bergermann
    2. Ayuban Antonio Tomas
    3. Ronald Glenn Lieberman
    3 lawyer answers

    We do not have community property in Florida. We do have a presumption that all property is to be divided equally and fairly and then the court can deviate from that presumption, if there is good reason to do so. It is the job of your family law attorney to convince the Court that your circumstances are just such a good reason.

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  7. My divorce papers from 2003 say my ex must keep me on his life insurance policy. How can I be sure I'm still on it?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Vera Bergermann
    2. Dennis Michael Phillips
    2 lawyer answers

    If the insurance company will not correspond with you due to privacy issues, then you have no choice but to file a Motion to be able to make him prove on an annual basis that you are still the beneficiary of an intact life insurance policy. The Order resulting from the Motion should set forth that you have the right to obtain this information directly from the insuror.

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  8. What does Counter Claim that seeks dissolution mean?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Vera Bergermann
    2. Frederick Scott Islieb
    2 lawyer answers

    I am a Florida attorney and things must work differently in GA. In Florida, a person who is served with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage needs to provide an answer to the Petition within 20 days of being served with it. That person can also do a Counter-Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, pay the filing fee, file it with the Clerk of the Court and mail it to the spouse or, if the spouse has a lawyer, to the spouse's lawyer, (not to both the spouse and the lawyer--just the lawyer if...

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  9. Marital home question

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Vera Bergermann
    2. Ayuban Antonio Tomas
    2 lawyer answers

    NO. A mediation agreement is not like a deal where you have three days to change your mind. If you had an attorney who was not present at the mediation, then FL law allows you 10 days to run the mediation agreement past your (already retained) counsel. Do not fear--he can't stay "as long as he wants"--his stay must be reasonable under the circumstances and in substantial compliance with what is set forth in the mediation agreement. If it is not reasonable, then you can take the matter to...

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  10. What are the options for appealing a divorce decree from a judge?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Vera Bergermann
    2. Yahima Suarez
    2 lawyer answers

    The first step in trying to overturn a final judgment of divorce is frequently a Motion for Rehearing that must be filed within ten (10) days of entry of the Final Judgment. Consult a new attorney ASAP and see if you have suitable grounds for a rehearing.

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