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Christopher Joseph Tamms

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  • The mother of my children been deceased for 3yrs y am im still paying 55% out of each check,I'm barely surviving help me

    2 of my children is grown

    Christopher’s Answer

    Are the children living with you. If so you need to file to have child support modified / terminated.

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  • My boyfriend says that he is going to call the cops on me for kidnapping my own son but I have sole custody. Can he do this?

    We argue, he is mentally and physically abusive, he loves to drink and he only 20 and in 17, were not married, our son is only 19 months old and he said he would get me for kidnapping because, his address is here, but my son is only here because I...

    Christopher’s Answer

    I agree with counsel. Unless he has a court order for parenting time or custody, the police will tell him to contact a lawyer and likely send him on his way.

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  • My parents are my legal guardian and my mother hit me and my parents kicked me because i called the cops.

    what should i do. they are not the best guardians

    Christopher’s Answer

    If you are being abused you need to contact the police. You can also tell your doctor, a teacher, counselor or clergy member. All are mandated reporters and can help you.

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  • Can my girlfriend lose her visitation rights?

    I just got involved with a woman that lost custody of her daughter. She has visitation. I have a sex offense on my record from 15 years ago. Could she lose her visitation because of this? It was 15 years ago!

    Christopher’s Answer

    It could be a factor, but often having the person come in and explain the situation is helpful to the court. A guardian ad litem is also helpful.

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  • Will my child support decrease if my ex wife gets married and is now working?

    My ex wife has been unemployed since our divorce and now has a job and a new husband. Is it worth it to hire my lawyer and get my child support adjusted? She also had no vehicle before but now has a car in her name but her husband uses it to drive...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Her being married or having access to her husband's money will not usually change the support amount. After all it's not hubby's responsibility to support your children. Her having more income of her own may change the support amount but that depends on a number of factors. As far as driving, if the sole reason for you doing all the driving was that she didn't have a car, the court may revisit the issue now that she has one.

    For all of these issues I would sit down with a lawyer and crunch some numbers. I agree that it doesn't make sense to file unless the numbers result in a change. If you don't meet a threshold for a change, the court won't even hear the case.

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  • Dothey have the right to take the child after she's born? Or will they have to prove her unfit? How can I optain custody?

    I have a friend who is addicted to drug's she previously lost custody of her children. During the time she has been fighting for her children she has become pregnant again. Does that give cps rights to the baby automatically or do they have to pr...

    Christopher’s Answer

    There is no mechanism to "sign over" rights to a child except to a grandparent for less than a year. Giving you custody would require a court case. It can be done if the mother is willing. Remember this child has a father too. Whether the father has any rights depends on a number of factors. Both of you need to consult separate attorneys.

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  • Can my son's father and the fathers family see my son?

    I live in ohio, I was 15 when I got pregnant (am now 17) he was 22 (now 23), he got charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, (it was consensual) and is prison. For 5 years for other charges of rape for another minor. his family has w...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Yes. They can absolutely get visitation as grandparents and the father can get parenting time when he gets out of prison. They have to file a motion for it in juvenile court to be granted any right to see your child unless you allow them. If they file, they have to serve you with a copy of the complaint. I would just ignore them until they take the steps to do so. If they do, you need to consult with an attorney as this is not something you can handle alone.

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  • My grandsons which live in pa faytte county was removed from mothers.i live out of state can i get them.with non blood relative

    The boys was removedfrom home because of drugs.and cys placed them with boy friends sister who isnt even bloodrelative to boys in any way.that side of family is now causing alot of prombles with my daughter saying that isis no longer welcome in...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Generally in state relatives are preferred over out of state people due to there being interstate issues involved. If you are seeking custody of kids in the PA system, you need to consult with a PA attorney.

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  • Child support has already been ordered through juvenile court, when we go to divorce court will a new order be set?

    We have a child support order in place from juvenile court, I like the amount, going to file for divorce and they have a child support worksheet that has to be submitted with divorce papers, if we already have an order in place will they try to mo...

    Christopher’s Answer

    The juvenile case will likely remain separate from the divorce case (after all they are separate matters). While child support is commonly decided in a divorce case, it has been decided separately in your situation. The matters can often be consolidated by creating drafting on the part of attorneys along with the dismissal of the juvenile case, but the courts will not automatically consolidate the two cases. Whether you want to explore this is something to discuss with an attorney. I can tell you that modification of child support or parenting time is difficult when there are two cases pending as it requires two filing fees and multiple hearings.

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  • Can I file for legal separation from my husband who is unemployed for 3 years? I am a resident of Cleveland, Ohio with 2 kids.

    I am a US citizen married for 21 years with 2 children aged 13 and 10, living in Ohio. Husband is in and out of jobs. Currently he has been unemployed for 3 years. He has outstanding bills to the amount of over $40,000. He has not made any serious...

    Christopher’s Answer

    In a legal separation, the court will divide property and determine things like custody, child support and spousal support in the same manner in which it would if a divorce was sought. The major difference, is that at the end of the proceedings, the parties are still married. It's not uncommon for legal separation to be used with older couples trying to keep health insurance available or for couples who belong to a culture where divorce is not acceptable. It is seldom a substitute for a divorce. If you are looking to be done with the man a legal separation may not be your best option. Also keep in mind that he can counterclaim for a divorce. If one spouse wants a divorce and has grounds, the Court will grant the divorce. You should definitely consult with an attorney.

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