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  • Am I eligible for spousal support?

    I was married in '91, divorced in '03, never remarried and currently disabled.

    Todd’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague but write separately to provide a link to my articles one of which is titled "Can I Get Alimony"

    Good Luck

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  • While I was a volunteer staffing an overnight educational retreat, I was accused of attempting to kiss an adult participant.

    The allegation did not extend to any other behavior. The owner wants me to submit a written apology that he proposes to edit and forward to the accuser. Is it in my interest to comply with this request?

    Todd’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Popovich and would go further to say I see no benefit to you for putting anything in writing or commenting on this at all, unless you work for or attend this institution. In that event, I would strongly recommend retaining an attorney to review the entire situation with you and prepare a statement.

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  • I entered a program at a local trade school that falsely advertised their program.

    I enrolled at a local trade school for their Television Production program based on their pamphlet that stated that I would be learning how to make music videos. Upon entering and continuing with the program I realized that the program not only ha...

    Todd’s Answer

    You need to find a personal injury attorney with some experience dealing with for profit schools. Be sure to have gathered all of the written correspondence between you and the school, as well as the pamphlet on which you relied.

    Also check with your state attorney general's office to see if they are pursuing this institution.

    I attached a link to my legal guides. Read the one about the importance of written documentation.

    Good Luck

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  • Can I sue a proprietary school for not giving my my degree?

    I got to the last exam of a proprietary school's nursing program. I missed my last class by 4 points. By other school's standards a grade in the 70's would be passing. So now not only do I not have my degree, I can't return to the program and repe...

    Todd’s Answer

    You will need to contact an attorney who is skilled in contract law. The issue here will center on whether the school lived up to its obligations under your contract or agreement.

    My impression from your description is that your performance fell short of the expectations the school had of your and which the school put you on advance notice. Perhaps if the school failed to provide some service or treated you differently than a similarly situated student, that MIGHT be a meritorious case.

    Good luck

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  • My son was put out of school for lack of progress 2 years ago ,and is struggling to get his GED .

    My Son Educational Needs were neglected, despite testing that were done proving that he placed below average on several subjects ,and the school not testing for a Special Need after finding he struggled to progress . My son was put in a credit rec...

    Todd’s Answer

    With respect I'm not sure I see a question here. Based on the timeline you put forth I think (assuming for a moment that your child was identified as qualifying for special needs services / FAPE) that the statute of limitations has run on any Administrative / Due Process action you might have taken. Typically, a student or their parents (if under 18) only have two years from a failure to deliver FAPE to file their complaint.

    Contact a local education lawyer to be sure whether you have missed the deadline.

    I have a link to a legal guide I wrote attached.

    Good luck

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  • How can I got about suing my University?

    At my University, my scholarship was terminated early. I had a full tuition scholarship. I was not contacted until the day before I had to act to rectify the matter and keep my scholarship. I was sent on a wild goose chase when I tried to figure o...

    Todd’s Answer

    Your situation most likely calls for the aid of an education law attorney, or at the very least one skilled in contract law.

    While all lawsuits begin with the filing of a formal pleading called a "complaint", you will first need to collect all written correspondence (either e-mail, letters and agreements signed when you enrolled). Have a lawyer review the writings between yourself and the University. Only then will one be able to tell whether the University obligated themselves or took on a duty which they have breached.

    Good luck

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  • Divorce or dissolution

    I've been married a little over two years doubt we will make another can we get a dissolution or do we have to do the whole divorce process

    Todd’s Answer

    Some other factors to consider are:
    Whether the couple has acquired real estate, cash or other assets jointly?
    Are there children from this union?

    If the answer to either is yes, I would strongly encourage that person to hire a lawyer, who practices nearby.
    I DO happen to practice in Wayne County, but candidly am not the only game in town..

    A link to guides I have written on divorce and other subjects is posted below

    Good Luck.

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  • Do I still have full custody?

    My son is 5 months old. He was born out of wedlock in Cincinnati ohio. I know unmarried mothers have full custody here, but his father and I got married a little over a month ago and problems arose and we are now getting an annulment. Just curious...

    Todd’s Answer

    I agree with my learned colleague and would encourage you to get a lawyer who practices often your county's domestic relation court. Part of your divorce decree really aught to be a parenting plan, stating exactly what the rights of the parents and the child are.

    There are many ways this may resolve. I have written several guides on divorce and child custody. I attached a link below.

    Good Luck

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  • Do I need a lawyer?

    My son is 8 years old, he attends vista del sol elementary. Socorros district. He has been left behind, no one seems to care despite every effort I have made. I have gone to meeting after meeting but he has just been neglected by the chool. His g...

    Todd’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues but write separately because I saw nothing in your question that indicated you have been writing the school to express your concerns. Putting a school on written notice is key to identifying the issues that need to be addressed and documenting your reasonable efforts to work with the school. This will lend you credibility should you have to go to court.

    Please see my article below.

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  • Are there any lawyers who do work involving education?

    I attended an online university, accredited college to recieve a bachelors in early education. At the end of my studies I walked away with a bachelors in education studies. This was not what I was aiming for. The college acknowledge that I was mis...

    Todd’s Answer

    With respect. One can't really say whether you "have a case". What we can say is that the probability of successfully suing a school depends in direct proportion to the amount of documentation the plaintiff does and the number of written statements from the defendant, admitting or pointing to knowledge of the problem. Likewise the documents need to squarely focus the duty to correct the problem on the school.

    Unfortunately, many schools (especially for profit "career schools") contract their way around such problems. You should contact an attorney in your area to look at what documentation you have. Your own notes while helpful will not stand up to anything the school wrote back to you (unless it admits fault)

    Good luck

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