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Angela Wilson-Goodman’s Answers

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  • I am probably getting a divorce & I purchased a home in Arizona before getting married which title & mortgage is still under my

    maiden name. If I divorce in the state of Arizona is he entitled to half my home (we have been married for 9 years) ??? Thank you Betty

    Angela’s Answer

    Your husband will NOT be able to make a claim of ownership for the property. However, the community will have what's called a "community lien" on a portion of the equity in the home, based on the value, % of down payment, % of principal payments, improvements, appreciation, etc. It's a pretty arcane formula.

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  • If the parents live in different areas of AZ, where would the court case be handled?

    After the initial custody case is closed and relocation has been granted to the mother, if the father takes the mother back to court next year...will the case be handled where he files, or in the location where the mother and child live?

    Angela’s Answer

    It will remain where the initial custody case was opened provided one party still lives in that county.

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  • If a relocation is granted for one child, can a judge deny the relocation of a second child from a different father?

    In December 2012, I followed the ARS statute for relocation by sending both fathers a certified letter on my intent to move. Neither responded to object. I filed with the court on my oldest son and was granted the relocation in May 2013. My younge...

    Angela’s Answer

    Do you have the same judge for both cases? Understand that the judge will have to take each set of facts and circumstances separately, but it would be helpful if you had the same judge because then at least he/she would be familiar with your other case and your other facts. As for your question, yes, the judge could grant relocation if the father fails to complete is drug assessment and UA's, but the judge also could deny relocation. Relocation is a very difficult and complex legal issue and there is a lot more that needs to go into the analysis then what can be contained in an AVVO question and answer. If you are concerned, you probably need to meet with an attorney to get more advice and direction.

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  • Are there any lawyers who will do a child custody/family court case for pro bono or payment plans?

    I have been trying to find information for my boyfriend about getting a pro bono lawyer. He has a 2 year old son and his ex girlfriend is not allowing him to talk on the phone with his son or even see him. He hasn't done anything wrong...pays chil...

    Angela’s Answer

    He also should look at the self-help center for appropriate forms to handle some things on his own.

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  • When gathering evidence to go to court, will having emails or texts from the other person hold up in court? What will?

    If you have copies of their emails with someone else or pictures of texts with another person. What exactly can & can't be used in court?

    Angela’s Answer

    I agree with the other posts re admissibility and relevance. You also need to make sure they are timely disclosed and properly marked as exhibits.

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  • Can a couple of hours with on parent everyday that is not there but other parents factor into child support worksheet?

    i pick my daughter up everyday and she is in my care till her mother gets of work even on my non appointed days, can that time factor into child support worksheet as more time with father?

    Angela’s Answer

    It can, although whether it is or not is up to the discretion of the court, and can depend on what is happening during that time. For instance, are you feeding her a meal or something else that would reduce the mother's costs? Obviously the longer the time period she is with you everyday, the stronger your argument that you should be given credit towards your child support.

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  • Can a family law judge deny petitioner request for a hearing by telephone when family violence has occurred

    this is a hearing on my petition for child support enforcement and contempt for violating the child support order The respondent was sent to jail for physically abusing me. He also went to prison for sexual abusing a minor. one of my daughters

    Angela’s Answer

    The short answer is yes. However, if you file a motion for telephonic appearance and state your reasons, the court may grant it.

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  • Who should I file an Injunction to Freeze Assets against? The 401k or the person the owns the account?

    I want to freeze assets in a 401k to file a QDRO against it. When I file the motion for the Injunction do I file this motion against the 401k plan administrator or the person that owns the account? This person is evasive.

    Angela’s Answer

    I'm not sure an injunction is what you are looking for. Moreover, if this is a divorce action, there already is a preliminary injunction in place. There are a couple of ways you can try to do this rather than filing an injunction. It really depends on what stage you are in the process, if there is already a court order awarding you a portion of the 401(k), etc. You really should meet with an experienced family law attorney to discuss strategy and the risks and pros/cons of each option.

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  • If my illinois child support order has a termination date of May 28, 2012, do the payments automatically stop or is a motion req

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    Angela’s Answer

    You probably need to post this question for an Illinois attorney. That is the governing jurisdiction and it should be answered by someone who practices there.

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  • How do we get legal custody of my grandson we have been raising since birth? He is near 7 his father wants to be in his life.

    My wife and I have been raising our grandson whom his mother, his father nor his his other grandparents did not want. He is now near seven and all want to be involved. His father is a recovering or current drug user as is our daughter. We wish to ...

    Angela’s Answer

    Being a grandparent is tough and there isn't a lot of help for you from the courts. You will either need to file for guardianship or a dependency action. What happens after that depends on how the two parents react. You may not get guardianship if the father is willing and capable of parenting his son, of course that would also depend on his drug use situation. If both parents are still using, maybe a dependency is the best way to go. If neither of those options look like they would work, you might want to consider at least filing for grandparents' rights so you can have some time with your grandson.

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