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Sondra Ellyn Bennaeim

Sondra Bennaeim’s Answers

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  • Can he show up with an attorney without my knowledge?

    I did my entire divorce pro per. Judgement was entered and I have sole custody. My ex has sworn he will get an attorney and make it his life's work to get full custody of our children (whom he hasn't seen or spoken to in 6 months). We have a media...

    Sondra’s Answer

    As stated above, he may hire an attorney at any time during the proceedings. He merely needs to provide you with a Substitution of Attorney before the case is heard. This can be the same time as the hearing.

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  • Can my ex wife get full custody of my kids if I was arrested for public intoxication with my kids?

    This is my first offense. Not even sure they arrested me. They just held me for couple hours. Wife wants full custody with supervised visits. We were just about to get judgment for 50/50.

    Sondra’s Answer

    It is doubtful she will get supervised visitation due to one offense. She would have to prove that it would be dangerous for the children to have supervised visitation.

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  • I have never been married to my son's mother. Can I give up rights and not pay child support?

    The mother was married to another man with out me knowing. No parenting plan has been made. No child support order stands.

    Sondra’s Answer

    If your son's mother was married at the time of the pregnancy the law presumes that the husband is the father of the child. I would suggest speaking with an attorney regarding this.

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  • Legal Advice for “In California does child support end after High School graduation (even if child is 17 years old)?”

    Legal Advice for “In California does child support end after High School graduation (even if child is 17 years old)?”

    Sondra’s Answer

    The simple answer is no. Child support will does not end at high school graduation. It will end when the child turns 18.

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  • I reached a settlement of back child support, and having the case dropped. How can I make it a binding agreement

    I made an agreement with the mother For all back child support. She also agreed to drop the case for the amount agreed upon, a total of $38,000. The child is 16. Can a legal contract be written to settle the case of both back support, and future s...

    Sondra’s Answer

    As long as she has not been receiving public assistance you can file a stipulation with the court stating your agreement. This will be submitted to the court and signed by the judge.

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  • If I owe back child support and I sign over my kids to my ex, will I still owe back child support if she drops the child support

    my ex wants me to sign over my kids so the kids can change their last name. If I agree, will I still owe back child support when I sign over my kids and they change their last name. And what rights do I have to see them when the case was made in...

    Sondra’s Answer

    You still owe the back child support. It is unclear whether you are signing your rights away so that another person will be adopting the child or not. The only way future child support can be terminated is if your child is adopted by another person. If this happens you will have no obligation to support that child. However, you will have no rights to be in the child's life either.

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  • If parties agree on Child custody and no child Support, Can foregoing child support / custody be a permanent court order?

    In a situation where both parties have consensus agreement on Child Custody (with one parent because of relocation) and no child support from the relocating parent . Can court give a permanent court order regarding child support and custody claim?...

    Sondra’s Answer

    The courts will not order a permanent order for no child support. Unless the child is adopted or one parent's rights are terminated the court will expect both parents to support the child.

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  • What is the best legal process for changing your name?

    There are no details ,this is not a change by marriage.

    Sondra’s Answer

    Go to your local Superior Court website. Click on information for name change. This will give you the forms you need to make a name change. Just remember you have to publish in a local newspaper as well.

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  • Live in california got married in reno nevada six months later we broke up she went her way I found someone that i have been wit

    with for 25 years she finally says she will marry me do i have to get a divorce from reno

    Sondra’s Answer

    You do have to get a divorce. However, you may file where your legal residence is. File in the county where you have established residence for more than 6 months.

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  • Can I win sole physical custody with visitation for her mom?

    My daughter is 10 and has lived with her mother since our divorce. Since her mom got sick, she has been staying with me. My ex is now in a wheelchair and cannot care for herself or her three children (all different fathers), her 70 yr old mom is p...

    Sondra’s Answer

    As stated in the previous answer, absent any of the reasons stated, you should not have any problem obtaining full physical custody. This is true especially if the mother does not want contact with her and agrees to the custody request. Regardless, of whether she agrees or not, under the circumstances you should be able to obtain sole physical custody.

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