Debra A Opri’s Answers

Debra A Opri

Beverly Hills Family Law Attorney.

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  1. What should a judge be looking at when deciding if a restraining order should be given to someone over e-mail communication

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Kevin Cernyar
    2. Ekaterina Kashlinsky
    3. Martha Bronson
    4. Debra A Opri
    4 lawyer answers

    Hello. I take it someone lost their cool and wrote something without thinking first. Bad practice. It should stop immediately. The content of an email, like any other act, customarily, would be an 'immediate threat of harm...' ie., I would interpret a threat of domestic violence to be something like: "I'm coming over right now and I'm going to harm you," or words to that effect which would make someone believe reasonably they are in danger. In your instance of a one-time 9 mo old email...

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  2. What is the cutoff for child support ? my daughter and her mom live in GA for the last 6 years and she is turning 19 ,

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Howard E. Knispel
    2. Mark A Green
    3. Jayson Lutzky
    4. Debra A Opri
    4 lawyer answers

    Hello to Georgia! While I am not a Georgia family law atty, I can provide general information for you as to child support cutoff ages. In most cases, child support ends when a child reaches the age of majority [check you state, but most often 18 yrs] or has been emancipated [ie., has graduated from college]. If your daughter is turning 19, is not in school or college, i would recommend speaking to an atty where you live, as this may in fact be a cutoff date for further support payments for...

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  3. I need an explanation of what CURRENT domestic violence means...how current does it have to be...

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Sarah Jeannette Haselup
    2. Edna Carroll Straus
    3. Timothy Miranda
    4. Debra A Opri
    4 lawyer answers

    the courts usually request acts of abuse [verbal, physical] which make you feel threatened to your safety and well being. this can go from being called a profanity, to shouting in one's face, to pushing or shoving, and it only increases from there. the acts of violence should be within the prior 30 days, although the courts do accept evidence of ongoing abuse [30-180 days (up to six months)] although the more remote the less likely the threat of violence would be deemed by the court to be...

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  4. Looking for pro bono attorney for child custody case, child needs both his parents not just the one who can afford an attorney

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Brad Jefferson Landon
    2. Robin Mashal
    3. Edna Carroll Straus
    4. Debra A Opri
    5. Robert Andrew Michael Burns
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    My name is Debra Opri. Call me. I am a family law atty in Beverly Hills, but would more than happily speak with you about your case, and to give you guidance in your matter. Feel free to contact my office via my website. Look forward to hearing from you. If I don't hear from you I would strongly recommend you working on a detailed decln of the most recent events of the past 6 months, with a 'History' section providing a 'summary' to the court of the custody history and key facts. Good luck.

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  5. My wife is having an affair. Can I legally take my children and leave the house.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Donald Andrew Hansen
    2. Isileli Tupou Manaia Mataele
    3. Debra A Opri
    4. Erin Patricia Farley
    4 lawyer answers

    First, I'm sorry for your situation. Matters of this kind are always painful, but the first thing you must know is that you must not and cannot use your children as a 'weapon' to get even with your wife. This is a no fault state. That means it does not matter anymore under today's laws in California [and in many many other states as well] whether a spouse is having an affair. Until and unless you file for legal separation or divorce, you have no court orders to take the children away from...

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  6. Are court hearings in paternity cases closed to the public in California family law courts?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Joseph Daniel Raskin
    2. Barbara Peyton
    3. Debra A Opri
    4. Michael Charles Schwerin
    5. Robert Andrew Michael Burns
    5 lawyer answers

    Generally, paternity hearings 'upon request' of one of the parties and/or stipulation of the parties usually will be ordered 'closed hearing' by the judge. this is usually due to the issues arising out of the minor child's best interests. In most instances, it is one of the first things the parties should discuss before argument. A closed hearing is when the Court will order the courtroom to be emptied of all non related parties, attorneys to the case. Most times, in such cases, especially...

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  7. Should I agree to discontinue pursing a domestic violence charge against my husband in exchange for him to waive custody rights?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michelle Louise Blair
    2. David Alexander Yomtov
    3. Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman
    4. Debra A Opri
    4 lawyer answers

    Hello San Jose...This is an 'agreement' I never endorse. First, unless the father / husband surrenders parental rights to the child in a legal proceeding/filing, he can always come forward at a later time to seek custody/visitation and of course support. Have you filed yet for a divorce? If not, I would wait until you move to Wisconsin and establish your residency there, and then the child's home state option, if Wisconsin has adopted this Act along with many other states. I believe it has,...

  8. Documentation - I was married for 7 months from cot 2010 to early June 2011 and provided 3 years tax records + bank statements

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michelle J. Cameron-Hunsaker
    2. Brian Crozier Whitaker
    3. Bruce Givner
    4. Debra A Opri
    4 lawyer answers

    You are on a courtroom 'merry-go-round' and it's up to you to decide whether to keep going round or to get off. First, you DID have a short term marriage. Period. If you were more financially stable than your ex [did you seek a status only divorce yet ? legally divorced with reservation of all remaining issues til trial] is it the 'money game' that's being played with you? do you have an atty? [because if he does and you don't its a problem] is this a divorce with no assets? is there a...

  9. In not a lawyer , but I spent 25 yrs in Family Court . This is on an Ex - Pate

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Martha Bronson
    2. Edna Carroll Straus
    3. Debra A Opri
    3 lawyer answers

    Hello Sacramento...based upon the facts/information provided, I must make certain assumptions. first, there is no domestic violence or abuse issues such that a court would need to be made aware; second, I do not have information as to whether there are prior court orders re visitation. When minor children are involved [you have not indicated the age of this son (very young vs. teenager can make a difference)] the court looks to a shared parenting arrangement. We do not know if the parties...

  10. Should i get an attorney ? My son's father is bringing my son around people who i believe are dangerous , any way to prevent ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Joseph W. Riccio
    2. Jill K. Whitbeck
    3. Patrick R. Driscoll
    4. Israel Lynda Kunin
    5. Debra A Opri
    5 lawyer answers

    I'm glad you asked this question. It's a serious matter when a minor child [in this instance an infant] is exposed to these elements: drugs, alcohol, and people who may pose a threat to the child's best interests. I would strongly recommend that this matter be brought before a judge in an emergency filing [restraining order] and then an osc re custody/visitation. while you do not state whether the child's father drinks or does drugs in front of his child, this is an impt piece of information....