Julie Stephens’s Answers

Julie Stephens

Saint John Child Custody Lawyer.

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  1. Can you still decide to reconcile after going to a provisional hearing?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Burton A. Padove
    2. Julie Stephens
    3. Dean George Tsourakis
    4. David Alexander Browde
    4 lawyer answers

    The parties can attempt reconciliation after the provisional hearing. I would suggest that you each inform your attorneys of your intentions in writing so you can avoid continuing to accrue attorney fees during that process. Your attorney will explain this to you. Some courts will allow the case to be continued generally giving you and your spouse time. In regard to your role in the court room that depends on the Judge and the opposing counsel. Some courts only allow provisional hearings...

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  2. I agreed to let my daughters father claim her in odd years on his taxes in court but changed my mind the next day can i appeal?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Katherine Elizabeth Flood
    2. Julie Stephens
    3. Joseph Hankins
    4. Carl Arthur Salzmann
    4 lawyer answers

    If you agreed on the record and/or in writing that he could do something, what could be the basis for the appeal? If you mean can you file a petition to modify, you would have to meet legal requirements under the statute that you probably do not meet.

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  3. What if the mother of my child refuses to get a paternity test when the baby is born do I have to file a petition in court ?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Julie Stephens
    1 lawyer answer

    If you believe your are the biological father, you should register with the putative father registry of Indiana as soon as possible. Next, if mother will not cooperate, you can file a petition to establish your paternity and the court can order for the parties to submit for DNA testing.

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  4. Why do I have to go to court to stop child support payments? I thought payments automatically stopped at 19?

    Answered 25 days ago.

    1. Julie Stephens
    2. Matthew Michael Cree
    3. Dawn M. Boyd
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with the answers of both attorneys - yet, you need to ascertain if it is still timely to seek college expenses from the other parent and you need to determine if there is a child support arrearage.

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  5. How do i get visitations with my son?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Julie Stephens
    2. Michael Alan Setlak
    2 lawyer answers

    Assuming you are not married to the mother, if you signed a paternity affidavit you may be able to exercise certain rights contained therein. I would recommend that you make an appointment with an attorney to address your questions and to also explore your child support obligations as this may arise when you file a petition in court.

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  6. Can my husband's ex-wife get a judge to say that I can't be with my husband during drop off/ pick up time for my step-son?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Julie Stephens
    2. Israel Wondimu Gobena
    2 lawyer answers

    In my opinion, it depends on the facts and circumstances of your husband's case. The history, the age of the child, if there is any violence, etc. I have received orders from Courts that did restrict who could be available at pick up and drop offs if the circumstances warranted it. If there is no order currently restricting your presence - and if the mother wishes to modify the order she should have to show that there is a substantial change warranting this restriction in the best interests...

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  7. I live in IN and have only been married 6 months and my husband wants a divorce, I don't want it. Can I just refuse?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Julie Stephens
    2. Andrea Lynn Ciobanu
    3. Katherine Elizabeth Flood
    3 lawyer answers

    In Indiana, the answer is no - if you do not want input on a Settlement Agreement, then the Court will set the matter for hearing. If you choose not to attend and have been properly served, the Court could proceed without your presence and enter an Order.

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  8. How soon after divorce can I petition for lowering my support. I feel I am paying for more in addition to my support.

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Julie Stephens
    2. Katherine Elizabeth Flood
    2 lawyer answers

    The statute allows a party to file a petition to modify child support once every twelve months and then there must be a showing of a 20% difference - the statute also states that child support may be able to be modified if there is a continuing and substantial change of circumstances. You should speak with your attorney as to your options as the court order could include language addressing why you are paying what you are paying which could impact your ability to modify.

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  9. Do I need to pay a fee.

    Answered 16 days ago.

    1. Julie Stephens
    2. Matthew Michael Cree
    2 lawyer answers

    You have not provided enough information in your question to provide a complete answer - separated, divorced, child born out of wedlock, sign a paternity affidavit, etc. If you cannot work out an agreement with the mother, then you may be wise to seek the advice of an attorney.

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  10. My daughter's father is taking me to court because I claimed her on my taxes this year, what should I do?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Dawn M. Boyd
    2. Julie Stephens
    3. Mary Katherine Brown
    4. Damon Anthony Moore
    5. Richard Glenn Elie
    5 lawyer answers

    I hear this fact pattern every year- accountants and tax preparers giving advice on family law cases - regardless of what the tax regs may allow - if a parent is under a court order, and they do not follow it then yes a finding of contempt can be entered. In Indiana, the law is that for the exemption to stay with the custodial parent in a tax year belonging to the non-custodial parent, then the child support payor must not be 95% complaint with the child support obligation by Jan 31 of the...

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