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Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman

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  • 'does a mediator in California divorce court have immunity , withholding evidence ,child endangerment is about reporting laws

    state employee withheld evidence of child endangerment and did not report unsupervised visitation ''admitted to by accused in font of mediator '' what are the reporting laws in cali for mediators and state employee's????? thank you for you time !

    Richard’s Answer

    Court employee mediators have some specific immunity, as part of the judicial system. Mediators, whether or not court employees, may be "mandated reporters", depending on what they do and what license they hold. Having said all that, it sounds like the real question here is "What is it that a mandated reporter is required to report?" Not at all clear that this event is something which triggers a mandated report. Still, should be brought to the court's attention.

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  • How do I request transcripts from my custody hearing?

    In Dec of 2014 I went to court with my ex girlfriend and mother of my 3 kids. She was unable to leave the state of MS because she is on felony probation. She appeared via phone. During the hearing she swore she was not on drugs and promised the ju...

    Richard’s Answer

    You can order a transcript by contacting the department in which the matter was heard, with the date of the hearing and the case number; they will put you in touch with the reporter, whio will provide you with the estimated cost. HOWEVER, BEFORE you order a transcript, is there a WRITTEN ORDER of the current custody order? If you go back to court, what, if anything, do you want to CHANGE about the existing order? Talk to an experienced family law attorney about what you want to do and how to do it.

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  • I filed for divorce in 2002 in Los Angeles, and relocated to Pennsylvania. Something went wrong. L.A. or PA lawyer can help?

    Filed for divorce in L.A. Superior Court using a paralegal service, but for some reason a final disposition was never granted. I have no idea why or what went wrong. It's registered at L.A. Superior Court, but was never finalized. Moved to Pennsyl...

    Richard’s Answer

    First and most important question: do you have any idea how to locate your (not-yet-so-) ex? You will PROBABLY need to file a new case, somewhere, and have him served with the papers, so not being able to find him may be an obstacle. Once you know where he is, then what you do next will be easier to figure out.

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  • Do I have to agree for a "special master" to supervise custody issues?

    My ex has been lying, and violating many court orders. As we never had an evidence trial, so none of those are officially proved. Now she is requesting the court to appoint a "special master" in our case. Do I have to agree with it? My past experi...

    Richard’s Answer

    If you and your ex can't effectively co-parent, then you'll need SOME way of resolving disagreements about your child(ren), or the next few years are going to be very unpleasant, and expensive.
    Your choices are:
    a. going to court and having a judge (who the government will assign to you at random; it could be someone with family law experience, but it could be someone who, up until the day before YOUR hearing, was hearing burglary and murder cases) resolve those issues, or
    b. PICKING another third party who's agreeable to BOTH of you. The court can't "order you to agree" to appointment of a SM/PC, and can't "order you to agree" to selecting any particular SM/PC. So, speak to an experienced family law attorney, with all the facts, to help you both pick someone, and to make sure the appointment agreement order is done RIGHT.

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  • During divorce trial it was discovered my ex had concealed 36K in savings. My attorney didn't seek sanctions. Should he have?

    Doing my own research I found that a court could award up to 50% of the amount concealed (and atty fees). The divorce has not been finalized yet, we need to submit a judgement in the next few weeks, I want to know if my attorney dropped the ball...

    Richard’s Answer

    Maybe, maybe not. Depends on the circumstances. That decision is the sort of thing you should discuss with your attorney, rather than trying to second-guess her.

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  • Locksmith defies hiring contingents and claims finding small amount marijuana does this constitute a warrant needed by police?.

    I delivered an antique floor safe to a locksmith with instructions to manipulate lock only and not to open safe door I was pursuing money inside. without permission he drilled the antique safes lock lessening the value of the safe substantially. ...

    Richard’s Answer

    Sir, you have a problem.
    These instructions to the locksmith, were they in writing?
    If you wanted him to unlock the safe, exactly how is it you thought he'd confirm that he was done without opening the safe door?
    ...and why were you saying ANYTHING to a police officer with a drug dog?

    Get a lawyer, NOW.

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  • Girl 17 told adult she was of age to take nude photos .adult took photos she also sent him photos can he be charged w a crime ?

    I posted b4 but didn't fit so reworded it hope you get my question now sorry first time doing this

    Richard’s Answer

    She may be in some trouble; but he could be in DEEP trouble; he's not only in possession of child pornography, he produced it!

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  • Do i need an annulment or divorce?

    I got married August 15 of 2014 and the first week of june of this year i found out my husband was cheating on me for the most part of our marriage. I choose to only take all my personal items (clothes, feminine products, car under my name) and i ...

    Richard’s Answer

    How long you've been married has nothing to do with whether you can get a civil annulment (you may be able to get a religious annulment, but that has no legal effect). You can only request a civil annulment for some very specific and limited reasons (one of you was still married to someone else, one of you was not of the age of consent, etc.) . What you need is a dissolution, and you may be eligible for a "Summary Dissolution". Check the online guides, and at your local courthouse.

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  • Proper procedures to serve a response to request for order.

    Am I required to serve an endorsed copy of a response to request for order in family court? In other words, is it still proper service if I serve an unendorsed copy of the response to request for order? Do I file the proof of service of ...

    Richard’s Answer

    A. Your service copy of the responsive declaration does not have to be "endorsed" or conformed for valid service.

    B. Either works, as long as you make sure it's done.

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  • Is there free help for fathers in child custody cases and/or how likely is it to find a lawyer that will sue the judge?

    I was a stay at home father before my wife committed adultery, got pregnant as a result and then divorced me. From day one I asked for 50/50 custody. Was denied and not even given one overnight based on reason the judge had made up. I went to cou...

    Richard’s Answer

    A. Very little, though there may be some, depending on the county. If there's already an appointed attorney for the child, you might try finding out what he or she thinks would be the best way to maximize your parenting. By the way, any further discussion of whether or not your wife "committed adultery' will do you absolutely no good in court.

    B. Very UN-likely, since there's almost nothing that happens in a family law case for which a judge can be sued successfully..

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