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Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman

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  • What Are the Deadlines Regarding Serving Another Party in a Family Law Hearing?

    In a divorce case, I was personally served today (Aug 6th) with FL-300. My spouse is requesting attorneys fees. Conformed copy of the papers is dated July 24th. This was 13 calendar days ago. The hearing date is Aug 28th. This is 16 court days fr...

    Richard’s Answer

    16 court days for personal service is good service. Review the papers with an EXPERIENCED family law attorney NOW so that you can get your responsive papers on file on time.

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  • Ex wife wont let me see my son despite court orders

    We have a visitation schedule in place and we do have court date on September 16 with a judge who doesnt seem to care unless you have an attorney which I have had 3 and no money left and a BK. I filed an exparte and went to court but he just set ...

    Richard’s Answer

    If you stop paying support, you'll be in contempt of court, and you'll be accruing 10% interest per year on the unpaid balance. If you don't pay support, you will also make the judge even less happy with you than he or she already is.
    If you filed an ex parte request, and there wasn't any actual emergency, then the judge did exactly what current California law said he was supposed to do.

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  • Legally changing name in CA?

    I have a first, middle and two last names. I would like to rearrange my name so I get rid of my first name, use my current middle name as my first name, my first last name becomes my middle name and my current second last name becomes my last name...

    Richard’s Answer

    Doesn't matter what changes you want to make in your name, the process for doing a formal legal name change is the same. The information for doing a name change can be found on your local court's website.

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  • When should I file custody modification papers

    If my ex and I have 50/50 custody and she moves and wants to put the kids in school 50 miles away, when should I file the modification? Before she moves or after she doesn't return the kids on my time?

    Richard’s Answer

    Sooner rather than later. If you wait, a judge will want to know why you waited. Hire an EXPERIENCED family law attorney NOW and get the matter on calendar.

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  • I thought if you saved your receipts on what you buy for your child for the other parent you get to use them as a credit ?

    I recently had a meeting with the department of child support to establish what i need to pay and what i owe . When i told the agent that i had brought all my receipts from what ive bought for the baby for the other parent he said i couldn't use i...

    Richard’s Answer

    Nope. What you pay for your child when your child is with you is separate from what you pay to the other parent as child support, for the time the child is with the other parent.

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  • Judge denying evidence be heard and forwent mediation.

    I went to court requesting modification as originally the mediator stated it be sole to me with conditions upon the other parent. The judge chose to ignore it stating him completing 6 months of a duo program was all and enough despite the reasonin...

    Richard’s Answer

    First question that comes to mind: what evidence did you have that there is/was a NJ CPS case? HOw was that evidence provided to the court? It's unusual for judges to "ignore" anything, but they are required to consider only ADMISSIBLE EVIDENCE.

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  • Can I pay less on my arrears from child support than I'm paying now?

    My child support ended last June of this year and now child services says I owe 75000 dols On arrears from 10 yrs past due. I'm currently paying 750 a month but it's a big bite on my salary, is there a way to pay less ? I no it would be longer but...

    Richard’s Answer

    Unless you've got some sort of interest forgiveness agreement in place, the underlying due amount is still racking up additional interest at 10% per year. If the underlying amount is roughly $37,000, then roughly five of your twelve payments per year are going towards interest, so it's not to your advantage to delay payment.

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  • My ex and I have 50/50 custody 7 yr old daughter and like any child her age she wants to participate in enriching

    extracurricular activities , sports, after school programs and all this programs require 5 days a week , Before enrolling our daughter in sports and Girl Scouts , I talked over w/ my ex which she agreed. But now that our child has started partici...

    Richard’s Answer

    Mom has now clearly changed her mind about extracurricular activities. You either need to work out a new agreement with her in writing, or go back to court to get this issue addressed. I suggest you get, and read a copy of "Joint Custody With A Jerk"; you're going to be making parenting decisions with Mom for another eleven years, and unless you can figure out how to deal with her (because you can't change HER behavior, only yours) your and your daughter's life will be difficult.

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