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  • How can i cancel arrears?

    I am a 22 year man and father of 2 children. As of now i am unemployed and need to know how can i cancel arrears i owe on my child support cases. Reason being (change in custody) on June 06,2014 I was granted emergenay temporary custody of my chi...

    Loretta’s Answer

    cancellation depends on what time period the arrearage is for. If it is for time prior to June, absent an agreement by Mother to reduce the arrearage to zero, I do not believe you can cancel it. If it is for support during the time you had custody, after June, then it needs to be corrected. This would require an order from the court. The agency may stop based on the custody order but cannot usually wipe out arrearages without an order and the specific date. You should seek consultation with a local attorney and determine if you need to file a Motion to modify child support and correct arrearage through that motion.

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  • Live in oh, trying to relocate to fl for work. i have full custody. not sure what i need to do to be able to move

    behind on child support, doesn't pay what he's supposed to. messages from him saying he doesn't have transportation to bring son home and will be unable to get him on his time due to no transportation. I just got laid off of my job of 9 years an...

    Loretta’s Answer

    Most courts will require a notice of relocation to be filed. Ultimately this will end up needing a revised parenting schedule. It may turn in to a custody battle. The first thing to do is get a consultation with a local attorney. Take in your decree and parenting orders. You should be prepared to discuss the current parenting situation, the job and the court procedure. You may want to see if your ex is going to be in agreement. Ultimately, you do not need authority from the court for you to move but you do to move the children.

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  • Do I need an lawyer to have residential parent status changed. We have shared parenting but I'm not res parent.

    We have a shared parenting plan and for school purposes only my ex is the residential Parent. She has now moved out of the school district and we both agree to the kids staying in the school district that I reside in. Also does this have an ...

    Loretta’s Answer

    You will most likely need to modify your shared parenting plan. The school will want a copy of the order showing who is designated as residential parent. You may simply be able to file a Modification of Shared Parenting Plan, state the change and confirm that all other matters regarding health care and child support remain unchanged. Depending on the county rules you may be able to get by without modifying the support. You should consult with an attorney or at least contact the clerk and ask who to speak with regarding what is needed in modifying the designated residential parent on shared parenting. Some courts will have detailed listing of what they want in the document as well as what documents. Other courts do not.

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  • Never got a verdict??

    So back on February 28th, 2013. My ex boyfriend and I had to go to trial against his mother who wanted visitation with our daughter. Although we weren't together we still felt strongly this woman did not need to be a part of our child's life so we...

    Loretta’s Answer

    You should be able to go to the juvenile court clerk, show identification, and request a copy of the decision from the last hearing. If you have a pleading with the courts case caption it will make it easier. The clerk should be able to check the docket and see when the decision was issued and provide a copy.

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  • If i will visit to US,could i get student visa?

    Im from pakistan i m planing to visit US,after visited there could i take an admission over there in Art college.and want to change my visia status.Is this easy to take admission in US colleges?i

    Loretta’s Answer

    I am answering only to say this is not a domestic relations matter but rather an immigration issue.

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  • I want to have marital property reappraised for settlement. Are there any rule dictating the appraisal firms experience?

    Can this be any appraisal company or does it have to be specific to divorce?

    Loretta’s Answer

    As appraisal company or certified appraiser is fine. There is not a different type of appraiser that is specific to a divorce. Be aware that both parties can get appraisals. Before paying for an appraisal, you may want to try and reach an agreement and use the same appraiser. This could help save cost and time in litigation.

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  • If divorce proceedings have not been initiated, can spouse legally change the locks on the residence both parties own

    I moved out with my daughter to enable her to attend her senior year at the high school that is out of our district. In the meantime my wife decides she wants a break to decide what she wants to do. After my move into an apt. she changes the locks

    Loretta’s Answer

    Counsel is correct. Absent a court order you have legal right to enter the residence. That said, you have moved out and set up residency elsewhere. There is nothing preventing her from changing the locks. Before you go back into the home, I strongly suggest that you set a consultation with counsel and discuss the entire situation, need to re-enter the house, and possible ramifications.

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  • Can I keep my unborn child away from her dad and his psycho girlfriend

    Ok. So I am due in about a week. The father was but wasn't there for the first 2 and a half months of my pregnancy, but hasn't been,involved at all the rest of the time. We slept together while he was still with someone but he told me They weren't...

    Loretta’s Answer

    Both counsel are correct. Father has no rights and obligations pertaining to your child until there is a court order. An order for child support can be sought by you. An order for parenting time can be sought by him. The court will usually work to allow a child contact with both parents.

    I agree you should cut off contact. You do not need to take calls, emails or text messages from the father or his girlfriend. You will need to deal with father if he seeks parenting time. The actions of the girlfriend may impact the parenting order.

    I suggest that you seek a consultation with an attorney now and address these issues. Hopefully a consultation would help to calm you down, lessen the impact of any threats by Father or girlfriend and give you some peace of mind.

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  • When you file and objection to magistrates custody decision, does the opposing counsel have opportunity to respond?

    magistrates decision filed objection 14 days to get transcript everything to judge does the other party have any opportunity to respond to the objection? father is insisting on overnight visitation for a breastfeeding infant when mother is b...

    Loretta’s Answer

    Counsel Tamms has provided a very good answer. I strongly recommend that you consult with an attorney in your area and make sure that you have taken all steps necessary to protect your interests. In addition, a local attorney may have a better idea of how no contact would be viewed by the local court. At a minimum counsel will be able to clearly advise if the order is currently effective. If so, you must follow it. If not, then you need to continue to follow the prior orders of the court.

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  • How can primary custody for 4 children be granted to the wife if I have the FT job and house and she does not work or works PT.

    wife lives with a family member and I have the home that can house all the children.

    Loretta’s Answer

    As counsel said, there are many factors that the court takes into account when determining the best interest of the children in determining parenting. If you have counsel you should sit down and go over the court decision and determine if there is a reason or basis for objection or appeal. If you do not have counsel, you should consult with an attorney in your area promptly. If nothing else, it would help you understand the decision. A full analysis will assist you in what if any further action is warranted.

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