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  • Is my ex husband automatically off the hook for contributing to his daughters college expenses just because he doesn't want to?

    Our daughter excelled in high school, graduating with a 4.3/4.0, top 10 % in her class of 568. The college of her choice has offered her a $26000. Scholarship, leaving approx $22,000. -$25000. Balance.

    Julie’s Answer

    Not necessarily. You want to first begin by reviewing your Decree or any modifications subsequent to the Decree to see if this topic has been adjudicated. If not, you should make an appointment with an attorney to address filing a petition to seek contribution toward her college expenses. The resulting order may assess each of your contributions. Do not delay as the age of the Decree and the age of your child can impede your ability to seek father's contribution.

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  • What should I do from here?

    My ex and I are in a Joint Legal arrangement with me as Primary. I have maintained the spirit of this joint legal by communicate absolutely everything in regards to our son, even though I was well aware that Joint Legal was not best for our child ...

    Julie’s Answer

    You can schedule an appointment with the attorney that represented you when the agreement was entered or a new one of your choosing. Take your paperwork to the initial consult and the attorney will advise if there should be something filed in court whether a contempt action, a modification, etc. Mediation or a settlement conference may be in line as well.

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  • Do I need a lawyer for being behind on child support payments?

    I haven't been able to pay child support due to being homeless and unemployment because of instability. Now I'm working and able to pay child support and I get a letter for being contempt. I need help!

    Julie’s Answer

    Having legal counsel may be helpful if mother has hired an attorney.

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  • Can my 14 year son come to live with me if i live in ill and he lives in indiana? he wants to live with his mother

    ten years a go i signed temparory custody over to my ex boyfriend , we went to a lawyer in hessville indiana i signed a paper and it was done . then i noticed that .i wasnt being taken to court for child support or visitatio...

    Julie’s Answer

    If you were not married to the father of this child, I am not sure the circuit clerk would be too helpful. Although they may have online access to look up cases, your case for Lake County would have been filed in the Superior Court, not the Circuit Court. You may want to drive to the juvenile center in Crown Point where the juvenile court and clerk are located to ask for a copy of the court order. If the Agreement has issues in it such as your payments for child support and you have never paid, if you make contact with the attorney representing father you may be opening the door to something that will obligate you further. If you are to pay support, you may want to hire an attorney to review the court order and advise how to get on track so you do not suffer unintended consequences of non-payment.

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  • Where do i begin for modifing custody rights?

    Back in 2007 my ex and i got our devorice. At that time i was living in another state and my ex lived in indiana. The courts ordered for my son to stay in indiana. I requsted for my son to live with his grandparents. In 2009 my ex was murdered. I ...

    Julie’s Answer

    I would suggest for you to take your dissolution file to an attorney in that county and discuss if you should file a petition to modify custody. If there was a guardianship file opened for the grandparents you may need to have an attorney enter in that case as well and file a petition to terminate the guardianship.

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  • Will my ex be awarded overnight visitation of our 1 year old son?

    My ex and I broke up about a month ago. I recently retained an attorney and am waiting for the papers to be files and a court date set. In the meantime I explained to my ex that we should follow the Indiana parenting time guidelines. He canno...

    Julie’s Answer

    We cannot provide this type of legal advice in this forum and especially when there are no facts provided about this case - as you have an attorney this should be asked of him or her.

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  • Do I need a divorce attorney

    My wife left me12/17/2013 and I have been paying for it since. I feel like I'm taking care of two house hold's. Now she lost her place October 2014 she had no where to go now I'm taking care of her and the kids plus her boyfriend. I need help quick.

    Julie’s Answer

    Whether you need an attorney to dissolve your marriage is up to you - if you want to dissolve the marriage and learn how to protect your self financially then you may want to consult with an attorney.

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  • What do I do for child rights/custidy?

    I pay my court order child support every week. But yet I have no rights to my 4 year old daughter I need to act fast if any can help me that would be great

    Julie’s Answer

    As you refer to a court order, but do not provide information as to whether this is a post dissolution matter, IV-D child support matter or a paternity matter, I would suggest that you contact an attorney in your county, provide the order to him or her and seek advice on this question.

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  • I'm needing a lawyer on childsupport

    My youngest son hasn't received any childsupport from his father since May 14, 2014 and it was court order for my son biological father to start paying child support. Needing a lawyer to fight my case because my son is not getting the legal suppor...

    Julie’s Answer

    I would suggest for you to bring your court order and a child support payment history to an appointment with an attorney so he or she can advise how you can be assisted.

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  • Can I get in trouble? Son behaves for me not for ex and she wants to stop letting me see him. Can I take her back to court?

    Last court date the judge said i had to go to supervised visits with my then 12yr old son. One day she called me and said she didn't care about the court she was going to let me see my son. He has come and stayed weekend and all night . He has spe...

    Julie’s Answer

    Whether it is the right time or you have the right reason to go to court should be a decision to make with an attorney. Take all of your court orders with you to the appointment.

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