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  • Acknowledging your the father vs. biological father.

    Its horrible to think but I have been paying child support for about 6 years now and really been putting things together that my kids might not be biologically mine. Can I get a paternity test this late to determine if they are mine or not? I have...

    Culver’s Answer

    I don't think you want the answer. It won't likely help you in any way and could harm your relationship with your kids.

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  • What can I do to protect myself/How can I help my parental rights situation?

    I was in high school when my girlfriend got pregnant. Her family and her kicked me out of their lives, and we've talked several times since then about keeping me out of it. She keeps saying that she would never take action against me. Now that I'm...

    Culver’s Answer

    I agree with Dan. You must get an Illinois attorney on this immediately. Under these circumstances if the case were a Colorado one, which it does not appear to be, the very type of case filed would make a huge difference on your question. She would be racing to the courthouse to file one type of case and if you were well advised, you'd probably be running to the courthouse to file a different type of case to preclude her right to child support back to birth. Call a lawyer.

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  • Is it worth fighting my disability case in Federal District Court?

    I have been denied my Disability case by the Administrative Law Judge and then filed for an appeal with the Council of Appeals and was denied the review. The next step for me to go so I don't lose my work credits and the 6 years I have been fight...

    Culver’s Answer

    There is a Doctor in the springs that wrote a good book on your problem, From memory the doctors name is Karen Huffer and the book is about what to do about being abused by the system when you are disabled. I hope this helps.

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  • If Im being sued for cc debt and dont have any assests should i respond?

    I was served today for a 15k cc debt that I owe. When I was issued the card I was making 15k yr. I have been unemployed for yrs and I dont have any assets in my name. I live with friends and watch their children in exchange for a place to live and...

    Culver’s Answer

    You may need to consider chapter 7 bankruptcy. Nip this in the bud by calling a lawyer. Free consultation?

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  • For 2nd marriage, is separate property part of the marital inheritance? Or, is only the joint marital property that is part.

    In 2nd marriage. Husband has four kids from previous marriage. No will exists at this time. Husband says that half of his entire estate goes to me by Colorado law even without will. However, none of it is joint property; he has kept all his as...

    Culver’s Answer

    There are too many serious assumptions here. Not having a will is a terrible idea, and if there is even a holographic will somewhere, you could get as little as 6% of the estate, depending on what that will says. You really ought not depend on getting 50%. I'm not holding myself out as an estate planning attorney, but I can't say I agree with my colleague (since I tend to assume facts outside of hypotheticals may unknowingly apply), however he very wisely advises that you have your situation actually looked at by an estate planning attorney.

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  • Can I write a blog over my life including my divorce, and/or say yes to an interview with a newspaper?

    I am divorcing a well known politician, and there are a ton of issues when it comes to the custody question. She has been able to use her lawyers and friends to harass me with questions, and I am the one who knows more about this woman than anybod...

    Culver’s Answer

    The first amendment is particularly strong when it comes to public figures. There are some strange laws on the books regarding defamation, however, and there may be something in your separation agreement, etc. that could cause you significant harm if you do. Generally, it is ill-advised in Colorado to publicly shame another person, particularly a former spouse. I would not do it.

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  • Can I appeal my divorce settlement in a different state?

    I just went through my final orders hearing is there a way for me to appeal but through a different state since I no longer live in the state my divorce was finalized in?

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    I seriously doubt it.

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  • Can I file a restraining order before I start my divorce process

    we still living together but is getting worst I want to leave my apartment but I don't want to deal with my wife till I see her in court

    Culver’s Answer

    You can certainly file a restraining order at any time, provided the facts support such a filing. You had better discuss this with an attorney since the filing of a protection order followed by the filing for divorce can and often does lead to two separate cases. Your facts are going to be critical. You might want to call a lawyer who deals frequently with domestic violence and divorce. Free consultations are always good.

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  • I am considering a legal separation to protect myself from my husband's DUI charges he is faced with.

    My husband has been battling a drinking addition for years. After an affair, I gave him a second chance and put him in rehab for 28 days. He was doing well but fell off the wagon, and was arrested 2 days ago and being charged with a DUI (and tot...

    Culver’s Answer

    I think so. You need to meet with an attorney to see how you can get this done most cost effectively. Free consultation?

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  • Can child support be established after the final decree of divorce?

    My ex-husband convinced me that we didnt need attorneys to get involved in our divorce, because we cared enough about each other to be fair w one another. No child support was established. Almost 2 years later, he hasnt helped me financially at...

    Culver’s Answer

    Yes. Child support is (almost) always modifiable... Even after a decree. Please consult a lawyer.

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