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Alexandra Michele White

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  • How do I get the court ordered attorney fees my ex-wife owes me?

    My ex-wife and I had a custody process happen over the summer of 2012. I received full custody of my children. She gets supervised visits once a week for an hour and there is a RO on her for DV. Not only has she failed to pay any child support ($2...

    Alexandra’s Answer

    For the child support, you could file a contempt. You could also reduce the amount owed to judgment and add 12 percent interest compounded monthly which really adds up. Once you have a judgment, which is immediate once you file it (it is called a "Verified Entry of Support Judgment") you can record a lien on any real estate.

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  • Can I file contempt for first right of refusal?

    There is a first right of refusal in our parenting plan. I knew my ex was leaving our child with her grandparents when she was younger but did not have any proof. Now that my child is older she has told me that she spends the night with her grandp...

    Alexandra’s Answer

    You can file a contempt motion but you may have a problem proving your case because a child's out of court statements are, with a few exceptions, inadmissible. Contempt actions are not very easy to maneuver through the legal system an I recommend that you hire a lawyer to assist you. It may be possible that there are other solutions to consider.

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  • Can a caseworker make me tell my daughter about my occasional use of drugs? Thats not why they got involved .

    I am involved with DHS and we are getting close to the end of our deferred adjudication .I am doing well and now the caseworker suddenly in emails to me saying that I have to tell my daughter about my drug use. Why would I do that she has been th...

    Alexandra’s Answer

    Although you may disagree with the caseworker, the problem is that if you don't follow the recommendations of the caseworker, it will likely be reported to the Court at the next review hearing. You (or your attorney if you have one) could make the argument that such a recommendations would not be in the best interest of your child. However, you do run the risk of the Court disagreeing with you and of course, getting on the bad side of the caseworker which could have worse ramifications for your child than telling him or her about your drug use. I too wonder how it is that your child was removed from your care without this information already being passed to him or her but I don't know the details of your case.

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  • I will be 17 here in a few weeks, i want to move out of my grandparents house, is it possable to do so?

    We fight a lot, they dont seem to understand where I am coming from, and i feel that they are keeping me in the house way to much and dont let me out to do things.

    Alexandra’s Answer

    I agree with David Littman that the answer depends on whether your grandparents have custody of you or not. If they don't, you could return to your parent or parents' home. If they do have custody of you then they are obligated to provide you with a place to live. They might call the police and report you as a missing child. Whether the police would force you to return to their home is an unknown considering your age. Police departments and their policies vary from county to county and officers themselves vary. I encourage you to continue to go to school regardless of what you do.

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  • CO I have DVTemporary Restraining Order on husband from CA.Is there a statute in CO preventing him from child custody with a TRO

    Messy jurisdiction divorce/child custody w/CA filing and serving first to husband in CO.After receiving he went down filed second case in CO against UCCJEA,did not serve,but has a friend claimed served me,then asked CO courts to grant jurisdiction...

    Alexandra’s Answer

    I am not a California attorney so I can't answer your question with respect to the CA DV TRO. The issue is going to come down to which state has home state jurisdiction. In Colorado, that is typically defined as wherever the children have resided for the past six months. Where there is a challenge to jurisdiction, the judges in the two states typically have a telephone conference (which under Colorado law you are entitled to attend). Whether or not the Colorado Court recognizes or enforces the CA DV TRO is hard to predict. In Colorado, even a Permanent Protection Order naming children is only effective (as to the children) for 120 days. The Court will want to see a copy of the TRO and find out when the hearing is to make that TRO permanent is scheduled. The other contributors are correct; there is no silver bullet statute that will help you convince the Court to uphold the CA TRO. My experience with this particular type of circumstance, however, is that the judge continued the hearing until the out-of-state TRO was resolved. However, that was just one judge and you can't predict the outcome based on that one judge's decision. You have a complicated jurisdictional matter and I highly recommend that you obtain counsel to represent you.

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  • Can my husband take full custody of my kids if I do not have a job

    I have been a homemaker for 3 yrs. he kicked us out. I have a stable place for me and children to stay. I am able to provide there needs as I have been there whole lives. What are my rights..

    Alexandra’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. You are in a stronger position as a result of your being the primary residential parent. Unless you are unable to hold down a job for reasons such as alcoholism or drug addiction, the fact that you are unemployed is not tied to the best interest of the children in terms of parenting time. You very much need an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney or can't get help from your family to hire one, call the law schools to see if they will take your case through their student lawyer program or call Denver Metropolitan Lawyers. They have a steady stream of lawyers who take pro bono cases such as ours through their office.

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  • CO Entry of Default.Do you need to serve to other side&give afavd of service?What is time for them to respond?Then ask judgment?

    In a Divorce no answer from Him on 4 motions and requests for orders.Judge not makin decisions for months.Can I put in entry for default on unanswered motions?Merits of case would dismiss since have another state divorce served to him before his c...

    Alexandra’s Answer

    Your questions are very in depth and difficult to answer without being able to review your file. Generally, if you are not represented by an attorney, you will have to go to a Permanent Orders hearing. If the other party doesn't show up then the Court may enter orders by default. You could simply ask the Court to set a Permanent Orders hearing if you have completed all of the things that you are required to do. Parties that want to appear by phone have to file a Motion with the Court. The form is online. It sounds like you may have jurisdictional issues. Those are very complicated issues that really do require an attorney to review the facts of your case to advise you which state has jurisdiction. If you can't afford an attorney, you can contact Metro Volunteer Lawyers or a law school who, if you are indigent, may represent you pro bono.

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  • Child custody

    I am an 18 year old father I live with my wife. My ex girlfriend harasses me whenever I have my 7 month old daughter for even an hour. She is 17 years old. I have a job I pay my bills and i'm planning to get a better paying job. She lives with h...

    Alexandra’s Answer

    I agree with David that you need to talk to an attorney. You need to file a Paternity or Allocation of Parental Responsibility case so that your rights to see your daughter are court ordered. If you can't afford an attorney, there are forms available on line. It is best to have an attorney but if you can't afford one, initiate an action pro se without an attorney right away.

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  • Do I have to let my child go with someone else that I dont know, when its her fathers patenting time?

    Her father is leaving town and instead of leaving her with me while he is gone he is going to leave her in care of someone I dont know. As well as have her shuttled to other family members. We were not married he just has visitation. Parenting pla...

    Alexandra’s Answer

    The answer to your question really requires a review of your Parenting Plan. For example, if your Parenting Plan provides a "first right of refusal," then he has to offer the children to you before he allows someone else to take care of the children and it often has a specific time limit. If there is no "right of first refusal" then you can file a motion with the court (which would be a modification of parenting time) and ask that a right of first refusal be ordered by the Court. However, it is really important that you talk to an attorney about your options so that he or she can review your current parenting plan.

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  • Can a pro se family law party pay an attorney to prep docs while the pro se handles his own representation in the courtroom?

    no further details. The pro se has a moderate background of the court process but a lesser background for proper case doc/pleadings experience

    Alexandra’s Answer

    Yes, absolutely. Not all law firms provide this service, however. There is a specific rule that allows us to do this for clients. If we are doing anything other than assisting you with filing the forms that are available on the colorado court forms' official website, the attorney has to sign the document and certify to the court that the document we have prepared is not frivolous (drafted in good faith).

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