Annette L Goudy’s Answers

Annette L Goudy

Santa Ana Family Law Attorney.

Contributor Level 15
  1. I reside in California. I have received divorce papers and have 30 days to reply. What form(s) do I fill out to respond?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Annette L Goudy
    2. Howard M Lewis
    3. Gerald Anthony Maggio
    3 lawyer answers

    You can find all the current forms you need at http://www.courts.ca.gov/. Go to the tab that says "Forms and Rules", then browse all forms. You can then select the group Family Law - Dissolution of Marriage. You will need to file a Response to Petition, FL-120 and a Proof of Service by Mail, FL-335. Once you fill the Response out, make 2 copies. You must have someone who is over the age of 18, and not you, serve (mail) one copy to the Petitioner. The person who serves the Response must fill out...

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  2. Do I need to provide ex-spouse with income tax returns?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Annette L Goudy
    2. J David Hopkins
    3. Steven Anderson Leahy
    3 lawyer answers

    In California, whenever there is a request to modify support, there is a rule that you must bring your last 2 years tax returns to the hearing. You should not file them, as they contain personally identifiable information and court records are public records. However, that rule goes for both parties. She needs to bring her last two years of tax returns, also.

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  3. Why do family law judges favor mothers?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Annette L Goudy
    2. Thomas Allen Neil
    3. Richard Forrest Gould-Saltman
    4. Michael Charles Doland
    4 lawyer answers

    In my experience, it depends on the judge. Here in Orange County, most of the judges are non-biased towards either mom or dad. We do have a couple that lean one way or the other. Unfortunately, there are some judges who continue to believe that mom is the only parent who can be primary. It is up to your attorney to show the court that you are no different in parenting your child or children than is mom. Now, if you left most of the parenting to mom throughout the marriage, that may be a...

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  4. May a defendents lawyer contact me in a restraining order case?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Annette L Goudy
    2. Isileli Tupou Manaia Mataele
    3. Alphonse Francis Provinziano
    4. Craig S Orent
    4 lawyer answers

    Contact by the defendant's attorney is not necessarily a violation of the TRO. However, if the attorney has attempted to influence you not to testify, you need to call the DA and report that. If this is not a criminal case, then I suggest you hire counsel and let your attorney handle that issues, as it's very hard for a party representing themselves to establish that to the judge.

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  5. My ex wife called police during our exchanges even we have supervisor to monitor exchanges, she had restraing order against me

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Annette L Goudy
    2. Robert Lee Marshall
    3. Benjamin Aguilar
    4. John Henry Perrott
    4 lawyer answers

    The judge may see this as her attempt to try to set you up to violate the order, or not. The order protects you. Keep following the order, and you should be fine. If she wants to call the police, they will have records of that, and you may want to subpoena the officers or the records to court to show the judge what she is doing.

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  6. My ex-wife is making disparaging remarks about me in front of our children when they are with her (we have joint 50/50 custody).

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Annette L Goudy
    2. Robert West
    3. Michael Charles Doland
    3 lawyer answers

    Mr. West is correct. But before you go to court, you need to have admissible evidence that she is violating the court order. That means witnesses other than your children.

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  7. Child Support Question

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Annette L Goudy
    2. David Alexander Browde
    2 lawyer answers

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  8. Proof of cervice in family law

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Annette L Goudy
    2. James Louis Miller
    3. Elizabeth Jones
    3 lawyer answers

    Normally, I send the proof of service along with the documents I am serving and then file it with the court. The proof of service is to show the court the documents were served, not to inform the other side you served anything.

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  9. I have a custody question

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Annette L Goudy
    2. Erin Patricia Farley
    3. Elizabeth Jones
    4. Benjamin Robert Peppard
    4 lawyer answers

    Child support and visitation are separate things. Denying visitation based on non payment of support is a violation of a court order and could subject her to contempt. No, this is not extortion.

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  10. I have filed for divorce, husband served . He has an alcohol problem and is now seeking help. Our mediation and court date

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Annette L Goudy
    3. Benjamin G Kelsen
    3 lawyer answers

    Mr. Lewis is correct. All you need to do is let the court know that you and your husband want to give it some time to see where things go, that you may be reconciling. Believe me when I say everyone from the judge to the attorneys to the court clerks will be happy to see that you two are attempting to work it out. They will give you the time necessary to see if your marriage can be saved. Good luck to both of you!

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