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Loretta Marie Helfrich

Cincinnati Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Does Ohio have jurisdiction? Does Domestic court or Juvenil have jurisdiction if the child was born out of wedlock?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Loretta Marie Helfrich
    2. Charles Christopher Alley
    3. Robert A. Stumpf
    3 lawyer answers

    I am not sure there is enough information to accurately answer your question. In Ohio, when parents are not married the Juvenile Court has jurisdiction over child support and child custody/visitation matters. I am assuming that you are mother and not father of the child. If your child was born here Ohio may have jurisdiction. A lot will depend on how long you have been gone from Ohio. You need to seek a consultation with an attorney in your state and coordinate with an Ohio attorney to...

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  2. Who am i married to? am i divorced or not?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Loretta Marie Helfrich
    2. Neil Ian Fleischer
    3. Curt Perri Bogen
    3 lawyer answers

    You should seek a consultation with an immigration attorney and a family law attorney. My first question is whether you can obtain a copy of the islamic divorce from a court there. Often oversees matters are registered here if need though they may need to translated by an official translator. An immigration attorney may be able to help you with this. You may also try calling the countries embassy. As for starting the process here, the main issue would be jurisdiction. Please seek a...

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  3. Who has jurisdiction in child support case originated in Florida - one party in Ohio, one in Arizona now?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Loretta Marie Helfrich
    2. David Jay Sternberg
    3. Glenn S. Doyle
    3 lawyer answers

    Typically, jurisdiction remains with the court that issued the orders irrespective of where the parties reside. I have had matters where the original court would not hear anything on child support if both parents had moved out of state. The first thing to do is obtain a consultation with a Florida attorney and see if they can file to modify the support. If not, then the case needs to be transferred to either Ohio or Arizona. Once transferred, the support can be modified. In my experience...

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  4. Can I sue my son's teacher for calling him retarded?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Loretta Marie Helfrich
    2. Andrew A Esposito
    2 lawyer answers

    I would suggest getting all your facts first then meeting with the teacher, your child's counselor and or the principal of the school. Hopefully, this will address the issue and prevent it from occurring again.

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  5. Custodial parent violates the court order, what can I do?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Loretta Marie Helfrich
    2. Mary Katherine Brown
    3. Brian Scott Piper
    3 lawyer answers

    Attorney Brown is correct. The court has the power to enforce its orders. To bring the matter back to the attention of the court requires filing a Motion for Contempt. I suggest meeting with a local family law attorney to review the decree and discuss any specific requirements/practices of your local court. You may also want to discuss the sending of a letter before filing to see if she complies. You should also ask for guidance on the difference between the finding of contempt, curing the...

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  6. Ohio law concerning child support and tax exemption

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Loretta Marie Helfrich
    1 lawyer answer

    This depends on your court order. Some orders provide the exemption - period. Some orders state the party entitled to the exemption must be current or substantially current on their support obligation for the tax year in question. If your order has language on being current with support, the issue then becomes is he current. This answer will be guided by how your local court handles the matter. Some courts allow some arrearage but this will vary from court to court. Please seek a...

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  7. Is my lawyer doing his job or just taking my money?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Loretta Marie Helfrich
    3. Brian Alan Sommers
    4. Karri Ann Peck
    4 lawyer answers

    I am sorry to hear about your experience. Often communication can break down especially if it is done by telephone. You should call your attorney and request a meeting. Pose your questions on the temporary order. Communicate directly and clearly your response on the temporary proposal. If your counsel is telling you to disagree with something ask why and discuss his concerns. Often an attorney will provide advise based on their experience as to what has created issues over the years. So...

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  8. Can I file for abandonment if father is currently paying support?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Loretta Marie Helfrich
    2. Gabriel Phillip Moorman
    2 lawyer answers

    Abandonment is a grounds for divorce. This sounds as if you were never married. If you want to move you need to follow your local court procedure for doing so. This will most likely entail at least the filing of a notice of relocation if not a motion to modify his parenting time. Since he has had little to no contact, when and if modifying the parenting time you should consider the possibility of having his time supervised since the child has not relationship with him. Also, his time may...

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  9. Divorce papers say "we have agreed to agree upon a school", however, she moved away, how can I legally get her to move closer?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Loretta Marie Helfrich
    2. Curt Perri Bogen
    2 lawyer answers

    I strongly recommend seeking a consultation with a local attorney. You should take your current parenting order and decree with you. On the limited information here, it sounds as if she is in compliance with the current order - she has not moved 200 miles or more. In addition, it sounds as if this is where she was living during the divorce. Thus her move may not be a new event or an unanticipated event at the time of the divorce. You do need someone to go over the decree/parenting order...

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  10. I am separated and living in the house we bought together until it sells. Do I have any rights to protect my privacy?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Loretta Marie Helfrich
    2. Peter Stephen Kirner
    3. Michael J Corbin
    3 lawyer answers

    Assuming you are married, you should proceed to finalize the separation either by filing a complaint for divorce or seeking a dissolution. You should consult with counsel to determine which method best suites your facts and circumstances. If you file a Complaint for divorce you can also seek an order for exclusive occupancy - In some counties this is pretty easy as the local rules will allow it if a spouse has been gone for a designated period of time. You can also file for a support order...

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