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  • How do i lower my child support if she makes more money then me and am still getting charged for money that no longer comes in

    i was getting perdium for working out of state and i was working more hours but now that im back and spending more time with my son i dont work overtime and no perdium

    Cathleen’s Answer

    You need to file a Request for Order to modify your child support obligation. If your income has changed or your timeshare with the minor child has changed, then you have to modify your child support order or else it will continue to accrue at the current amount until you do so. I am including links below which will explain the process. Good luck to you.

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  • Mother-in-law made a false police report. What impact will this have on child custody if I get a divorce?

    My mother-in-law and I got into an argument one night and I grabbed her wrist and said, “Listen to me!” I did not think I was assaulting her. At the time she did not give any indication that she was injured, but 2 days later a small bruise formed ...

    Cathleen’s Answer

    hmm...may have some impact, so you should consult with an attorney. There are more facts one would need to assess the situation appropriately, but I would not worry about a restraining order since the incident is now too stale. Your wife obviously didn't think you were a threat to your son after the incident so I hope she doesn't use the incident as a way to gain an advantage in whatever custody proceeding may follow. In the meantime, you should begin educating yourself on the law and I am including links below to help you in that endeavor. Good luck.

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  • I completed my divorce and received Orders for custody of our three year old daughter. My ex and I were awarded two

    non-consecutive weeks of vacation with our daughter and I have the first picks. I noticed the two weeks in accordance with the Order. There were no other restrictions on travel, it just noted that it could commence beginning in June 2013. ...

    Cathleen’s Answer

    Sounds like you're good to me. If you gave notice pursuant to the Court Order and gave the other parent information regarding the itinerary (where you are going, flight numbers, travel dates, contact number and address, etc.), then she can call the police or do whatever else she wants. If you have complied with the Court's Orders, then you have nothing to fear. Having a copy of the Order with you is a good idea. Good luck.

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  • Is it legal for a step-mother to put her step daughter in a restraining order against biological mother?

    I have an 11 year old daughter. I am her biological mother. Her biological father has primary physical custody, I have a court ordered visitation schedule with her. Her biological father married many years ago. So my 11 year old daughter lives wit...

    Cathleen’s Answer

    Yes, she can ask for an order of protection for those residing in her household. The best thing for you to do is hire a family law attorney to represent you at the domestic violence trial, during which you can cross-examine the alleged victim and present your own testimony refuting the allegations. What you need to understand is that if you lose, it may have negative consequences with regard to custody. I am including links below which will explain this concept. What you also need to understand is that the legal definition of abuse is very broad.

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  • If the mother has sole custody of a child but the father is in the picture and pays child support can the mother take the child

    out of state and not tell the father..

    Cathleen’s Answer

    Sole legal or sole physical custody, or both? It makes a difference. Please see the links below for more explanation about custody orders, then re-post your question with more details. Good luck.

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  • I have 90% legal & physical custody of my child, 10 y/o. He will go overseas to stay with family & to study while i go to school

    My ex is not paying me his child support in full every month. My child is going overseas to stay with my parents so I can go to school here in the states. Is my ex obligated to pay the same amount of child support even if my child is not in Califo...

    Cathleen’s Answer

    You need to contact Child Support Services to enforce the child support order. With regard to his overseas studies, it may affect the child support order--hard to say without more facts.

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  • If I there is a restraining order against me & I am at a restaurant & the other party comes into the restaurant,should I leave?

    restriction says I shld keep 100 yds away from other party. I was at the location first, and the other party enters restaurant second.

    Cathleen’s Answer

    Yes, you should leave immediately. If it continues to happen, document the instances and bring it to the court's attention. Do not risk a "he said," "she said" situation because I can tell you what she's going to say..."I was there first....and he's stalking me." Just leave.

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  • Can Dad "change venue" in our family court case?

    Parents have joint legal custody. Dad custodial. Mom noncustodial with several visits per year & summer. They Are in WA state. Mom in CA. Family court case began in CA before they went to WA. Most of childs family(except Dad) is in CA. There are ...

    Cathleen’s Answer

    The short answer is "yes" he can file a Motion to Change Venue, and you really need to hire an attorney to address the factors a court will consider in granting the request.

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  • Is it legal for a sex offender to be in a house with a baby under a year if their married to the babies grandma.?

    i have a seventh month daughter living in the house with her mom grandma and grandmas husband is a registered sex offender.they will not let me see my child and its been six months.is that legal.?

    Cathleen’s Answer

    You need to hire a lawyer. I am including links below which will explain how to ask for a custody order, but it sounds like you have far more issues than any lawyer can possibly address here on Avvo. Begin educating yourself on the law, and if need be, go to the family law facilitator's office for help.

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  • What can a father do to protect an unborn child while the motheris using drugs in her try first trimester

    My girlfriend is least 4 months pregnant and has been using drugs Heavily?alcohol And methamphetamine regularly daily. she just Admitted she was pregnant what can I do legally to protect a child

    Cathleen’s Answer

    Call Child Protective Services.

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