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Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman

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  • Alimony for life. Can it be reversed?

    Husband agreed to alimony for life to ex-wife 35 yrs. ago. Husband has financial issues now & wants to get his monthly payments dismissed. He's in California, ex-wife lives in Florida, although she's still a CA resident. He hasn't officially serv...

    Richard’s Answer

    Impossible to say without more information, including whether this is a Florida or California alimony order.

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  • Could I get a restraining order for her? What else could i ask for when we do go to mediation drug test? visitation?

    I found out that the father is smoking weed he smokes in his car and at his house he wants to start taking the baby over more he recently told me that his grandma that he lives with lets him smoke weed in his house can i put a restraining order on...

    Richard’s Answer

    You may be able to get a custody order which restricts him from consuming illegal drugs in the child's presence. You'll need to make sure you know IF there are any court hearings coming up about the child, WHEN those hearings are, WHAT papers you need to file in advance, and what you need to be prepared for at the hearing.

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  • As the legal wife of babys father do I have a right to order paternity test. do I have a right to have the child support reduced

    My husband had an affair and now has a 8 months old baby. I found out that he has been paying the other woman more money than any unwed father is supposed to pay.

    Richard’s Answer

    You have no rights in this regard. If your husband wants to have a court determine the amount of support, he can do so, but you can't..

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  • How do I change my first name only and can I do it for free?

    I am currently overseas serving my country. I am stationed in Japan serving in the US Navy. I want to change my first name only. I have never used my birth name, first name until I was forced to use it once I joined the Navy.

    Richard’s Answer

    You're legally entitled to use whichever part of your name you want; you don't need to do a formal name change, although you can, to make certain legal events easier.. As noted by the earlier answers, if you want to do so, you'll need to file a name-change petition, and do all the steps necessary to complete a legal name change. The webpage below provides details

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  • How to file an attorney fee arbitration in CA for a divorce case.

    Divorce attorney fee arbitration - need assistance in how to prepare for an attorney fee dispute on a divorce case - large amount still owed to firm. I feel my attorney "over-lawyered" my case due to his personal background and past marriages. T...

    Richard’s Answer

    Contact either the local (county) bar association, or the State Bar of California. They'll provide detailed information.

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  • How religion papers work in legal divorce

    Getting Divorce me and my wife agreed that we will not split anything between us and every one get to keep whats under his name however, in the papers she is talking about post-nuptial agreement which is basically a papers was signed by me and...

    Richard’s Answer

    You should speak to an attorney with experience in dealing with divorce and marital issues and the enforcement of religious agreements. Some are enforced, others aren't. If you and your wife agree to a particular way to divide your property, the civil court won't make you change it. If you don't agree, then what may happen will be much less clear, which is why you should review ALL the facts with an experienced attorney BEFORE you do anything, ratehr than face problems if you try and fix it up after the fact.

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  • How can i get underwriting to exclude the previous family residence when buying a new home?

    I am trying to buy a house but my debt to income ratio is too high because i am still listed on my former residence. The house was held jointly with my ex-wife (legally separated) but we have a non-contact order in place and we have not had a conv...

    Richard’s Answer

    Generally, a legal separation is not enough. What did the legal separation judgment from the court say was supposed to happen with house #1, (sold? refinanced?) and why didn't it happen? If your name is still on the mortgage for house #1, then you're still liable on the mortgage, and the lender on house #2 is doing exactly what they're supposed to do.

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  • Are annulments public records in California

    Are annulments public records in California? Is there a way to work with the attorney to make it as confidential?

    Richard’s Answer

    The case file is public record. Almost impossible to get the file sealed.

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  • How many character slots are there on a California Birth Certificate?

    Going to have a child in California soon. Giving him a non-typical name. Under CA law, you can name your child anything at all. No restrictions on length. But how much space does the computer allow on a standard 1 page birth certificate? We are de...

    Richard’s Answer

    A bit of family law advice, from a veteran family law attorney and parent: consider that your child is going to have to learn to write and spell his/her name, and will be required to put his or her name on a lot of things, before you stick him/ her with a name which he/she can barely wait to his/her 18th birthday before changing....

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  • Will IRS know that I have sole legal and sole physical custody and not allow the non-custodial parent to claim my daughter?

    My child's father has been in jail for a year. I won sole legal and sole physical custody of our 2 year old. He doesn't have a birth certificate or social security card of my daughter but in case he's gets it .... And when he gets out this month ....

    Richard’s Answer

    No, the IRS won't "stop" him; if you both claim the exemption, they may audit you, and/or audit him, at which point you win, and he loses, but there's no way to "stop" him in advance.

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