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  • I receive s.s.disability if I get a divorce will I pay child support

    I still have 2 boys one is 14 and receives social Security for himself his mother is the payee she also gets welfare for our 17 yr old I am filing for divorce will I pay child support if my sole income is s.s.d. My house is the only thing ...

    Cathleen’s Answer

    This is a case that you and your spouse should settle as neither party can really afford an attorney unless there is enough equity in the house to justify a fight. I am including a link below which will take you to an online child support calculator--it will give you a rough estimate of what your child support will be. You may be entitled to a "low income adjustment" if your net disposable income is less than $1500 per month. The first step you need to do is begin educating yourself on the law. I am including links below which will help in that endeavor. Good luck to you.

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  • If I am unable to serve a person with a TRO because he is hiding, will the court eventually issue a permanent protective order?

    This is a DV TRO in Contra Costa County CA. I have had a TRO extended three times due to the defendant avoiding service. I have an affidavit from a service processor outlining his attempts to serve the paperwork.

    Cathleen’s Answer

    Try having the sheriff serve him.

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  • Will I get into trouble by contacting the person I put an order on

    I got a phone call from this persons family member saying the person needed help going to the emergency room and I helped he is in life threatening illness and I feel bad we have a court date set up for a trial in which he can't be there and I'm t...

    Cathleen’s Answer

    Yes, don't do it. It negates the necessity for the restraining order.

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  • My ex-wife had sex with her father from 1996 to 2008. Now I pay spousal support to a pervert.. Why?

    Had sex with her father and then tried with our son. I have sole legal and physical custody of our son. She has had to pay nothing in our divorce and I have paid everything. Does no fault mean she can do whatever she wants and get spousal for the ...

    Cathleen’s Answer

    You pay spousal support because you were married to her and have a legal duty to help her become self-supporting. By the way, I'd say the same thing if the genders were reversed.

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  • Child Support and Custody

    Can my sons father be granted partial custody if he has not been in his life for the past 10 years? I am going to file child support but know that his father will fight for time with him so he pays less.

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    Yes, so be very careful how you proceed because you may open up a can of worms you wish you hadn't. Hopefully the judge will see that his request for custody is not sincere. It's your job to show it! :) If you can afford an attorney, then retain one. Your attorney will help you present the facts of your case in the strongest possible way. I am including links below which may be of some help, assuming you cannot afford to hire counsel. Good luck.

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  • How much child support can I get, if the absent parent has NO contact with there child?

    I left my daughter father when she was about 2. He took me to court right after we split to get custody, I was granted full & sole custody of my daughter. He was granted every other weekend for overnights Fri-Sun. He violated the court order withi...

    Cathleen’s Answer

    If you did not request child support before now, you will not be able to seek arrears from the father. I am including links below which will explain this concept more fully. Given that your daughter is now 17, you really have to ask yourself if it's worth it to rock the boat. Good luck.

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  • I am 21 and my father has never paid a dime in child support is there anything i can do?

    I have his last name, he live in the area, makes no contact

    Cathleen’s Answer

    You have no standing to assert a claim against your dad for unpaid child support. I'm sorry.

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  • My questions are..Will I be entitled to temporary spousal and child support if I am the one that files for the divorce?

    Been married 11 years we have 15 year old son. Been a house wife the whole marriage. Most of the years have been emotionally hard on my son and I that is why I am going to finally file. We do still live together and when I file he will still be h...

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    You may be entitled to spousal support and child support under the facts you describe, and it has nothing to do with which party filed for the divorce. It is best to begin educating yourself about the issues commonly found in family law cases, and I am including links below that may be helpful. You can also go to your local family law facilitator's office for assistance. Good luck.

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  • If my non-child support paying ex remarries, can I ask the court to order him to pay based on his new wife's income?

    I have sole physical custody and did not get a support order put in place because my ex had no job at the time and asked me to consider the possibility that he will immediately go into arrears and it would affect his ability to search for and gain...

    Cathleen’s Answer

    No...she has no legal obligation to support your child.

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  • My ex does not work, and I make decent money on my own. He does not pay child support and I'd like to get an order in place.

    I consulted with an attorney who advised me not to put a support order in place because my income was "so great" (I make $50k/year) compared to my ex (who does not work). I have sole physical custody and he has visitation twice a month and rights ...

    Cathleen’s Answer

    Your attorney has given you sound advice. If he doesn't have any income, how do you expect to get child support from him? I ran rough numbers and determined that you'd have to pay $210 in child support. Perhaps your attorney also gave you an idea of how much spousal support you'd have to pay as well--my very rough numbers have you paying $1068 in spousal support (that's in addition to child support). So, take your attorney's advice and don't do a thing. :) I am including links below which will help you begin educating yourself on the law--which will make your conversations with your attorney that much more understandable. Good luck.

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