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  • Child Support Court

    So the father and I have a court date 2/10 because he wants to terminate child support. Today received letter from his attorney that if I don't agree to terminate i could have to pay him support (since he has two other children in his marriage) an...

    Loretta’s Answer

    You need to seek a consultation with local counsel. Take copies of the current order on support and parenting if there is one, the motion that has been filed and any other documentation you have received from the court or from counsel on behalf of Father.

    Counsel will be able to assist in providing the necessary financial data as well as information on the current medical coverage. Also, counsel will be able to assess if there is a possibility of Father being the party to receive support. You are not responsible for support for any other children Father has. As for your own children, support is usually paid by the non-residential parent. Depending on your parenting status - residential, non-residential, shared- the support obligation may be subject to change.

    Please seek counsel promptly. These matters can get out of hand quickly. You should have legal representation.

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  • Should I force my 10 year old daughter to go for her entire scheduled weekend visitation?

    My 10 year old daughter hates going to her dads. He has every other weekend visitation and she Always tries to get out of it, but he forces her to go and accuses me of trying to keep him from her. He has nothing to do with her during the two week...

    Loretta’s Answer

    Counsel is correct, two years may make a difference. Until and unless the order is changed, she must go or you risk a contempt action. You should seek a consultation with a local family law attorney and review with them the visitation issue and daughter's wishes. They will be able to advise better if a motion to modify the time would be successful.

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  • Can my parents win a custody battle after I alotted them grandparent power of attorney?

    I gave my parents grandparent power of attorney after losing my mother and trying to get a job place of my own and starting all over. I wanted stability for my children in the process of all that. Ergo the grandparent power of attorney. Now their ...

    Loretta’s Answer

    You need to seek am immediate consultation with a Family law attorney in your area. You need legal representation to present your situation and what you believe is in the best interest of the children. Do not pursue this without representation.

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  • Can my sister get custody of me?

    my father passed away two years agoandmy birth mother is nowhere to befound. i currently live with my fathers wife. she does not work and i pay all the bills in the house. i wouldnt mind helping out if she didnt take everything from me. she abusse...

    Loretta’s Answer

    You need to speak with your sister and have her consult with counsel to determine what options she has.

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  • I want to obtain full custody of my daughter buy allow her to see her mother only.

    I live in clayton ohio. The reason i need this to happen is my daughter is at risk for being molested by her older brothers. Also her mother is living in subsidized housing and on welfare with no real desire to get a career job that will allow he...

    Loretta’s Answer

    You need to seek an immediate consultation with an attorney in your area. You should take with you a copy of any current court orders regarding parenting and or support. You should be prepared to discuss with them your concerns on molestation and drug use; what type of data needs to be gathered on these issues; what current action, if any should be taken-such as an emergency action and or contacting children's services; what your options are and court procedures. You should also be prepared to discuss the current order(s) as pertains to residency.

    You need to seek an immediate consultation. You raise some very serious issues. You should not wait to seek counsel.

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  • Can I submit evidence in a cpo hearing to get the order dropped?

    How easy is it to get a cpo dropped? I have statements and a witness that can help. Is this permissible in court if I was representing myself

    Loretta’s Answer

    Please seek a consultation with counsel and review the statements and witness testimony. You will need to meet your burden as counsel already stated. Please do go with counsel to be sure that your evidence and testimony can be submitted and presented properly.

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  • Ex-Husband can't/won't refinance and refuses to sell house.

    When my ex-husband and I filed for our dissolution, we completed the paperwork ourselves. For the sake of just getting it done and over with, I signed off on it without really doing some homework. The only thing he wrote regarding the mortgage/hou...

    Loretta’s Answer

    You already know you need to seek counsel and I recommend doing so promptly. Obligations pursuant to a decree are governed by the terms of the decree. In consulting with counsel they will be able to advise if there was a reason to set aside the decree or a portion of the terms. They can also look to see if there is any boiler plate language that helps with the real estate issue. Be prepared to discuss whether you get any equity from the house and if so how it is paid; whether the mortgage is current, etc.

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  • My teenage children do not want to follow the visitation schedule because it's too disruptive to their school schedule.

    This has been going on for almost a year. I want to take him back to court because there is a change in circumstance to the original visitation schedule. Our papers state the following - "any modification of child support as set forth herein dur...

    Loretta’s Answer

    Please seek a consultation with counsel. Take your current orders with you so that the language can be completely reviewed. To properly address the issue on revising child support and or spousal support an attorney really needs to read the current order.

    As for the parenting schedule, it must be followed until and unless there is a court order that says differently. Having said that, Father may choose not to exercise his time if the children tell him they have other plans. Again, however, he is entitled to the time and you need to have them ready if he is exercising the time. When you meet with counsel they will want to review the language in the current court order on deviation and the parenting time allocation.

    Again, please seek an immediate consultation with counsel and determine how best to proceed.

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  • In Ohio, at what age can a child decide which parent he wishes to live with

    parents not married, been together 13 years, have shared custody of 9 year, do live together now. relationship on rocks

    Loretta’s Answer

    In Ohio a child does not get to determine which parent they live with. The court will decide what is in the child's best interest. In making that determination, one factor the Judge may take into account is the wishes of the child. These wishes are presented to the court via a GAL and/or an incamera interview. Other outside reports may also come in to play, such as parenting evaluation.

    Please seek a consultation with counsel now to answer your questions and provide guidance. Do not wait until it all falls apart. If you have a current order for shared parenting you need to take that with you to the consultation so counsel can assess how the order impacts any actions take in the court.

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  • Can parenting time be denied at ex husbands girlfriends home if her daughter has been found guilty of drug use three times?

    I've just been notified that my ex-husbands girlfriends daughter that resides with them has been arrested three time for possession of drugs and drug use. Most recently September 2014.Found guilty all three times. I'm concerned for my children's ...

    Loretta’s Answer

    I recommend that you seek a consultation with a local family law attorney to review the situation, your current decree and goals. A motion to Modify the parenting time will need to be filed with the court. You will need to show the court the reasons Father's time should be limited or not in presence of girlfriend. This can be a difficult issue. Please seek legal assistance and move forward promptly.

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