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  • Send child to boarding school during divorce. I have custody of our son presently , because of restraining order.

    Father lives out of state. Counselor recommended that i send child to boarding school that works with troubled children in same state as me, 1 hr away. For various reasons, I agree with counselor. School is starting soon. Do I have the right to do...

    Lee’s Answer

    Should be your decision if you are the residential parent and legal custodian. In answer to your last question, you would want to avoid a shared parenting that gives both parents input but doesn't allow you to make the final decision.

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  • Am i going to pay more child support if i move out of state?

    I am considering a move for a full time job with benefits. the job would be a pay cut for the first few years but would eventually be a much better job financially with a pension, health care and regular hours. i currently work 2 part time jobs o...

    Lee’s Answer

    There's no simple way to answer this. Probably not. You would still be using the support guidelines and the court could decide to hold you at $50,000. On the other hand, there is a case law that the court can consider the cost of living in the new location to do a deviation, which means it could go down. It really depends on the court and how it treats a voluntarily reduction in income.

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  • Went to court and had a trial in front of a magistrate,. it has been 18 months and no decision has been rendered, what do i do?

    my ex wife accused me of child abuse during our custody fight, the case was dismissed by cuyahoga county in about a week but the civil case went through in february of 2014. the magistrate, at the end of the hearing threatened to stretch this pro...

    Lee’s Answer

    You say you had an attorney but don't state whether you still do. If you do, speak with the attorney to explore the filing of a Writ of Mandamus to try to force the court to act on this.

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  • If I go and file for administrative review of support can he get custody because I can not support them as well as him?

    I have full legal and physical custody of our 3 children for about 3 years now. I was off in feb my funds will dry up in dec. he pays 1/3 of normal amount but he promised to help. and he doesn't. him 75000 me 35000 he is threatening that he will ...

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    For that reason alone, no. He would have to show it's in the best interests of the children to be with him. The idea of the support modification is to put you in a better position to take care of the financial needs of the children WITH HIS assistance. This is a common threat used by the person paying support in order to get the other person not to attempt the increase.

    Best to you,
    Lee

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  • Can grandparents get visitation rights in the state of Ohio?

    I'm a grandmother that has helped raise my two grandchildren. They lived in my home all but one year and even then I was their full time caretaker while their mother worked and went to school. Now for over a month I've been denied contact with ...

    Lee’s Answer

    Yes, Ohio law specifically gives you the right to intervene in order to get visitation. The suggest in a grandparent is to at least consult an attorney before proceeding.

    Best to you,
    Lee

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  • I need a family attorney to regain custody of my children from their dad

    The father of my kids has had custody since 2004, he has neglected my children medically, educationally, and emotionally and has been physically abusive

    Lee’s Answer

    In addition, as suggested elsewhere, consider filing a motion for emergency as well as a motion to modify custody. These are serious allegations that appear to be dealt with immediately to insure the health, safety and welfare of your children.

    Best to you,
    Lee

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  • Is it against the law to read your spouse's journal entries if they are stored in a drop box account that you have access to?

    no additional information

    Lee’s Answer

    Illegal, not likely. The information would be discoverable in divorce. Talk to your attorney about it before doing anything with it.

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  • I was divorced in 1994. X and I purchased a home together in 1992. It does state in the decree that I pay him equity.

    the amount of $3750 when I re marry or sell my home. I assumed the mortgage loan. After 21 years, I just remarried and am still in my home that I raised our children in. He went to an attorney demanding that I pay this amount back in 30 days. B...

    Lee’s Answer

    According to the terms, you do owe the money. You could try to argue offsetting the braces if he was required to pay any portion. There is a way to get he could be responsible for college costs but it would have to be specifically in the papers. I'm going to guess and say it isn't though because it's rare.

    The cost to him doesn't seem worth it unless there was interest on the $3750.00. If you truly cannot pay, that can be a defense to a contempt. If he files a contempt and you cannot afford an attorney, you can request the court appoint one for you.

    Best to you,
    Lee

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  • Dissolution

    The separation papers said that she was going to get 3 things and that she was going to get them asap. Since then, I gave her many pictures of her with her grandpa, and a pink bin of her things in addition to the 3 things. Also, I gave her half th...

    Lee’s Answer

    Should be okay to wear that to court unless the court has a dress code. Most don' t but there are some that do. Check the court website to see.

    It should be stated what she is to receive, which would be the three things. Either get something from her writing signed by her she received the items or ask her the question in court at the dissolution hearing so there will be a record of it.

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  • Can I ask that my spouse (defendant) pay for court cost and her own attorney fees in a reply to her counterclaim?

    I'm unemployed looking for work and she makes $57,000 a year. I don't have a lawyer. There are no property,children...to consider. She agrees to terms and wants a divorce. But ask that I pay attorney and court cost. I didn't ask for anything in th...

    Lee’s Answer

    I believe you asked this question before. Either amend the complaint with leave of court or file a motion for attorney fees, if you get an attorney. My guess is the court is not going to award her attorney fees against you under the circumstances. You really should try to get an attorney or at least consult with one.

    Best to you,
    Lee

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