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Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman

Los Angeles Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Who gets to claim my daughter on taxes??

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman
    2. Steven Anderson Leahy
    3. Christopher Michael Larson
    3 lawyer answers

    Federal law: whoever's got custody 51% of the time gets to claim the child as an exemption, unless there's an agreement to shift the exemption to the other parent, and the parent who's giving up the exemption for that year signs an IRS form doing so.

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  2. Can my ex demand child support if we have been sharing custody for 10 years?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman
    2. Abelardo Fernandez
    3. Charles Joseph Morris Jr
    4. Patrick Martin Buchanan
    4 lawyer answers

    If any of the children are under 18, she can. Child support is determined not just on the amount of time spent with each parent, but on a complicated formula which also factors in the income of both parents, so that in some cases, a higher-earning parent may be required to pay child support to the lower-earning parent, although the higher earner also has the child(ren) with him more than 50% of the time. To figure out your best options, you should review all the facts of your situation...

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  3. How should I respond to a summons (FL-110) for divorce that has mistakes in it?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman
    2. Marcus William Morales
    3. Gregory Paul Benton
    4. Celia R Reed
    4 lawyer answers

    Speak to an experienced attorney, who will help you file a Response setting forth what YOU know to be the correct facts. It is not unusual for the Petition not to include a detailed parenting plan.

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  4. Can a spouse prevent you from visiting your relatives or banning relatives from visiting your kids?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman
    2. Wail Sarieh
    3. Edna Carroll Straus
    3 lawyer answers

    How is she "restricting" your communication and travel? How is she restricting your relatives from visiting? If you're an adult, you can go where, and when, you please, and if you have the right to occupy a home (whether you are4 a renter or owner) you have the right to invite anyone you want there.

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  5. In a divorce matter, are tax returns filed jointly discoverable?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman
    2. Jay Bodzin
    3. Roy C Ching
    3 lawyer answers

    Absolutely discoverable.

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  6. Motion for new trial, set aside or vacate?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman
    2. Donald Frederick Conviser
    3. Gregory Paul Benton
    3 lawyer answers

    This would be, most appropriately, a "motion to set aside" under CCP 473, due to "inadvertence mistake or excusable neglect". You should prepare the documents and get the motion filed and served as soon as possible; your time limit is a "reasonable time", which cannot be GREATER than six months, but should be as soon as you can get this done.

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  7. Are offshore divorces (Guam, Carribian, Mexico) recognized in the US?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman
    3. Daniel Hernandez
    3 lawyer answers

    Notwithstanding the earlier answer (from an attorney outside of California), if you get a "quickie offshore divorce" from a place where you don't really live, and someone decides to make a fuss later, the "quickie offshore divorce" is probably NOT valid, under the California version of the Uniform Divorce Recognition Act.

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  8. I am in the process of a divorce and my wife will not let me take my children out of the house.

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman
    2. Abraham Chaparian
    3. Wail Sarieh
    3 lawyer answers

    Hire an EXPERIENCED family law attorney, and get a request for a custody schedule ORDER on file asap.

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  9. I found a web page that had my husbands ex wife on there saying some very nasty stuff about hi.,can we sue for lieble in calif?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman
    2. Robert Bruce Kopelson
    3. David Alexander Browde
    4. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    5. David Ian Schoen
    6. ···
    8 lawyer answers

    You can only sue her for libel successfully if what she said was both fact (not opinion) and provably false. Unless both of these are the case, you've got no lawsuit. Then you have to prove some amount of damages to reputation. You say your husband "was incarcerated" so proving that he was financially damaged by what she said on a website is going to be hard, if not impossible. Assuming you hire an attorney, sue her, and win, does she have any non-exempt assets (like multiple...

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  10. Can you ask to move your family law case to a higher court if it needs to join a probate matter and a corporate veil matter

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman
    2. Edna Carroll Straus
    3. Tobie Brina Waxman
    4. David Carroll Stone
    5. John P Corrigan
    5 lawyer answers

    There is only one kind of trial court judge in California: the Superior Court. If matters need to be consolidated, they can be, and if third parties need to be "joined" to a dissolution case (divorce) they can be, but this is procedurally complicated enough so that you need an EXPERIENCED family law attorney to assist you.

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