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Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd

Akron Family Law Attorney.

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  1. A girl recently said she had my baby(child is 1) but she doesn't want me to be a part of her life. What legal rights do I have?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd
    2. Robert Perez Soto
    3. Christopher Lee Beck
    4. Matthew Robert Langhals
    4 lawyer answers

    You can ask for a Parent-Child determination through the Child Support agency (CSEA) and get genetic tests to determine if you are truly the child's father. You could also file a Complaint in family court to establish parentage. Usually, a person is pretty certain he is the father before going to court, so sometimes people start at CSEA, get paternity and child support determined, then go to court to get parenting time (visitation) rights. If she is also in Hamilton County, contact the CSEA...

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  2. My ex was given 5 years to re-fi a joint mortgage as part of our divorce decree. How do I ensure she complies?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd
    2. Mitchell D'Amico
    3. Linda Juergens Lawrence
    3 lawyer answers

    If she has a year left right now before the deadline, now might be a good time to send a friendly reminder since the refinancing process can take several months. In your written communication, do make your tone friendly, rather than pushy or accusatory, and keep a copy for your files (and for possible use in court later on), as well as proof of email delivery or US mail delivery or fax delivery. If there is no response, follow up another month or two down the road, again with a business-like...

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  3. How can i get a divorce lawyer when id i cannot pay for one?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Joshua Grant Burns
    2. Peter Stephen Kirner
    3. Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd
    4. Matthew Robert Langhals
    4 lawyer answers

    Don't think you cannot afford it without doing some research first. Many legal fees are less than what people would think. Many lawyers will take a payment plan, a pay-as-you go system, will take a small down payment and send bills (and receive payment) as the case proceeds. Make some calls and find out what the lawyer's fee will be. Call several places. Large law firms will usually charge more than small ones, and newer attorneys will usually charge less than more experienced attorneys....

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  4. In Ohio, can a non custodial parent take a child out of state on vacation without the custodial parent's permission?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd
    2. Todd Bruce Kotler
    2 lawyer answers

    The answer depends on what your decree provides. Most decrees will provide that parents will provide the location where a child can be reached while traveling away from home on vacation or overnight with the other parent, and information about how travel is to be accomplished (flight numbers and name of airline, especially). Most decrees provide for regular telephone communication between children and the non-traveling parent. Some decrees prohibit travel out of state without permission, but...

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  5. Can I get a change of venue for my custody matters?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd
    2. Todd Bruce Kotler
    3. Simon Wynn Johnson
    3 lawyer answers

    You would file a petition to register the "foreign decree", obtaining a certified copy from Indiana; then you would file a motion in the Ohio court, asking it to accept jurisdiction over the case because the children and both parents now live in Ohio. The Ohio court may want to confer with the Indiana court, as well as review sworn affidavits of the residency of everyone. You will need a lawyer to make sure things are done exactly right.

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  6. How to file a divorce in Akron ohio if i don't live in ohio but my wife and my daughter lives there?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Beth Ann Blackmore
    2. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    3. Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd
    4. Ophelia Genarina Bernal-Mora
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    Because Ohio is the home state of your daughter, only Ohio has jurisdiction under the UCCJEA.

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  7. Who would I file a complaint to against a county domestic court judge?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd
    2. Peter Stephen Kirner
    3. David Alexander Browde
    4. Brian Alan Sommers
    4 lawyer answers

    Contact the Office of Disciplinary Counsel at the Ohio Supreme Court: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/DisciplinarySys/odc/default.asp

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  8. Contempt hearing for child support

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Brian Alan Sommers
    2. Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd
    2 lawyer answers

    If your income has changed significantly from what it was when the child support obligation was calculated, and it sounds like it has, then you need to file a motion to modify your child support level. Bring your boss to the hearing if at all possible, because a letter from the boss cannot be cross examined, the contents of it may not be admissable because it is hearsay (offered to prove the matter contained in the letter). If the boss is there, you can elicit the boss' testimony about...

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  9. My Fiance was sent a letter from child support stating that she got overpaid by 5 thousand dollars.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd
    2. Loretta Marie Helfrich
    3. Lee Alan Thompson
    4. Christopher Joseph Tamms
    4 lawyer answers

    She has every right to ask for a complete accounting for every payment due, every payment made to the agency, every payment made to her, and so forth. Then you can consult with an attorney armed with the facts from the audit, together with every court order regarding support.

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  10. Child support and divorce attorney fees on taxes.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Melissa Ann Graham-Hurd
    2. Christopher Joseph Tamms
    3. Christopher Lee Beck
    4. Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman
    5. Linda Juergens Lawrence
    5 lawyer answers

    Child support has no tax effect. If the attorney fees were incurred in gaining taxable income of any kind, were involved in securing business interests, or had to do with tax advice, then that portion of the fees would be deductible on the "other" section of Schedule A, subject to the threshold limits.

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