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Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman

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  • Is this correct yes or no?

    A woman can relocate while pregnant, and there is nothing that the father can do to stop her. However, if she waits until the baby is born, he may be able to stop her from relocating and take her child with her, if her child is under the age of ...

    Richard’s Answer

    There's not a yes/no answer to that extremely complicated question.

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  • If I don't participate in OFW or counseling before the set aside, would that hurt or harm me? Is a set aside an actual hearing?

    I was suppose to appear in court on 10/5 to respond to allegations that I was not co-parenting. On 10/4, I notified opposing counseling that I would not be able to attend court due to a family emergency and would need the hearing continued. Oppo...

    Richard’s Answer

    It'll hurt you. It's still more proof of the other side's claim that you're not co-parenting. Get on OFW. Get in to see that counselor. Then speak to an experienced family law attorney about how to handle the custody issues going forward.

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  • Parental Coach for divorce proceedings

    Parental Coach - Who is qualified to be parental coach for divorce? Can it be a family therapist? Current order requires both parents to attend. Any local lawyers can provide any suggestions?

    Richard’s Answer

    Does the court order provide any guidance as to what is meant by "parental coach"? Does the court have a list of individuals they consider acceptable? I've been doing child custody work for 36 years, and never seen that term in a court order before. I'd guess that I licensed therapist would be satisfactory, but whoever is supposed to be doing this job is also going to want to know what the court expects them to do.

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  • I have heard that I can go to civil court to stop child support payments because of parental alienation, is that true?

    My daughter was born in 2002. Mom met a new man in 2003 and began alienating me from my daughter's life. Situation was made worse because I lived out of state and could not see my daughter on a regular basis. Mom was pushing to remove me and I was...

    Richard’s Answer

    You've heard this from someone who doesn't practice family law in California for a living. Doesn't work that way.

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  • Does an ex-spouse have a fiduciary duty to promptly disclose an inheritance for the purposes of modifying spousal support

    California Spousal Support

    Richard’s Answer

    If the inheritance was received after the date of the judgment in the underlying divorce, no. The fiduciary duty ends then.

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  • Can my son's pediatrician discuss his asthma condition with my sons psychologist without my consent?

    My ex wife and I have joint legal custody. My son (9yrs old) has asthma. His pediatrician, at my ex wife's request (and without my knowledge or consent), discussed his condition with a psychologist he is court ordered to see. She blamed me for ...

    Richard’s Answer

    It depends on what consent you and your ex provided to each doc. How does one of the docs talking to another help her, or hurt you? Try staying in appropriate contact with both docs, rather than looking for some basis to allege that they're doing something wrong, and a "recourse" against them.

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  • International child abduction is correct yes or no?

    This only applies to children before they turns 18 years old. This does not apply to children after they turn 18 and are legal an adult, then a custody order does not apply and they can decide where to live. In De jure is an expression that mea...

    Richard’s Answer

    I am not sure what you're asking. Is there a question in there?

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  • Is Father's day guaranteed to a non-custodial father? Can father deny planned vacation if it falls on his scheduled days?

    My ex is saying that he will not allow my planned family vacation because it would cover Father's Day which he says he has a legal right to. Is this correct? Father's Day is not his normal day for the schedule as well and there is nothing in our...

    Richard’s Answer

    A. Unless the order says something specific about Mothers' Day or Fathers' Day, there's no order specifying that either parent gets them, and there absolutely is NO "automatic" order. B. The second question is more problematic: does the order or judgment say that the vacation time "supersedes" the regular schedule?

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  • What authority does a Judge in a Divorce have to force a disabled home owner to move out of his home if he ordered home be sold?

    I am totally & permanently disabled & my wife has filed for divorce. She first agreed thru her divorce attorney to turn the home over to me by Quit Claim Deed, but if she changes her mind & request the Judge to Order the home to be sold, and divid...

    Richard’s Answer

    If you and she didn't have a signed deal, then you didn't have a signed deal. An offer isn't a deal. If the house was purchased during the marriage, the court can order it sold, and if you refuse to comply with the orders regarding sale, the court can make any other orders necessary to carry out the order for sale, including issuing an order that the other party is to have exclusive use and possession of the house pending sale, and evicting you. That order would be enforceable by the Sheriff, just like any other eviction order. You should at least consult with an experienced attorney, NOW.

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  • What do you say in a newspaper summons for divorce?

    I filed for divorce and am filing to ask the judge for approval of publication since I have not heard from him in 6 months. I have all the forms filled out but need to find a newspaper, I am trying to get quotes from newspapers so I do not pick a ...

    Richard’s Answer

    I'd speak, or check with, a newspaper which is familiar with publishing legal notices. The clerk's office in the court in which you're filing should be able to inform you as to the "adjudicated newspapers" who usually get used for publishing in the county. The person at the newspaper who handles publication of legal advertisements will be able to help you.

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