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Matthew Edwin Forsse

Matthew Forsse’s Answers

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  • Marriage name change

    I was married over a year and a half ago in the state of California. On my marriage license I decided to keep my maiden name. I want to change it now and am scared I'll have to have it amended. Is there anything I can do to avoid that, so I don't ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    If you want to legally change your name, then you will need to file an action with the Court. However, you may qualify for a Fee Waiver depending on your financial circumstances. You can find the necessary Fee Waiver Application and Order on Fee Waiver on the County Court website, or through the Self-Help Center at the courthouse.

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  • Family Court Services Investigation on terminating parental rights and step parent adoption question

    what documents can I bring to the family court services investigation, on the day of the investigation, in regard to a termination of parental rights and a step parent adoption? Can I bring in documents that haven't been served on the other party...

    Matthew’s Answer

    If you are submitting documents as part of the Investigation, then these can likely be turned into the investigator directly. If however you are trying to show the Judge documents at a hearing, then you will need to provide the other party's attorney with a copy; the law generally does not allow people to show things to the Judge without first showing the opposition (this is called an ex parte communication).

    You do not state whether you are the Petitioner, or the one opposing the termination of parental rights and stepparent adoption. You should consult with an attorney before the hearing, as it can be very difficult to set aside or appeal these types of orders once they are issued.

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  • Can I sue my daughter's mom and her family attorney for defamation of character?

    Upon receiving a letter from my daughter's mom's attorney, with the address but recipient's name, I began reading about how I was apparently a heroin addict over 11 years ago when this information is entirely false with no medical or factual merit...

    Matthew’s Answer

    I agree that you should discuss this with your attorney and the possibility of responding to the serious allegations sent to minor's counsel. I would also ask your attorney whether or not this conduct is part of a pattern than would warrant a request for sanctions.

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  • Family law

    I read the summary dissolution package I meet all the requirements to get divorce this way the only thing I'm concern is that she is 4 months pregnant from someone else we haven't live together for a whole year. Can I still get divorce this way su...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Yes, you can still obtain a Summary Dissolution, so long as your spouse is willing to sign the Summary Dissolution forms as well. It would be best to start the process as soon as possible, since you will still need to wait the mandatory 6 months after filing the Summary Dissolution before you are officially divorced. You should also suggest to your spouse that she list the biological father on the birth certificate once the the child is born.

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  • Does a criminal stay away order hold up in family court?

    The biological mother of this child received a stay away order for 5 years from the criminal courts. Does family court support such orders from the criminal courts? What are the chances she will have to work her way back into the childs life slowl...

    Matthew’s Answer

    You can certainly use a criminal stay-away order to support a Domestic Violence Restraining Order request in Family Court. Similar to the stay-away order in criminal court, the Family Law courts can issue a Restraining Order for up to 5 years. A Restraining Order from Family Court is typically more detailed but will also allow for more exceptions as my colleague suggested. Even if there is a criminal protective order and a restraining order, the biological mother can still seek monitored visitation with the child during the 5 years the order is in effect.

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  • Where do I list income from my corporation on dissolution/divorce form fl-150 income/expense declaration?

    Been self employed with my business/corporation the last ten years and started before marriage. I deal alot in cash, do I list income on #5 or #7? Also, for expenses page do I list my shop's expenses(rent-im currently living in it), machinery loan...

    Matthew’s Answer

    You should also attach a copy of the corporation's Profit & Loss statement, which should detail the company's expenses too.

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  • Can I sell a community prop item to pay for bills if we are going through a divorce? My ex left us broke and I need to pay bills

    We have very little community property items, just a few household things. Will I get in trouble if I sell any to pay for food/bills? I read on the standard family law restraining orders that it says not to sell anything without the other party's...

    Matthew’s Answer

    You may sell community property items to pay for necessities of life, which includes food and other bills such as rent and utilities. You may have to later account for the sale of specific assets, but you are able to sell them to pay for these basic living expenses in the interim. You need to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can assist you in obtaining child support and other orders.

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  • Married seeking divorce and want to move to another state with other son

    What are the guidelines

    Matthew’s Answer

    This will also depend on where your husband currently resides. If your other son is from a different relationship other than your husband, then he would likely not be subject to your divorce action unless your husband is seeking stepparent visitation rights. However, you will probably have difficulty establishing jurisdiction in another state if your husband does not have any connections to that state.

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  • Filing a agreement

    After I have filed a agreement between my X husband and I with the family court clerk how long does it take to become an order?

    Matthew’s Answer

    This will depend on the type of agreement you are filing (a stipulation or judgment) and ultimately the county and court where you filed your agreement. I would contact the family law clerk's office where you filed the agreement to obtain the answer to this question.

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  • What happen if my husband shows more debt than income, should i pay his debt?I still able to ask for spousal support & alimony?

    my husband has a fabric store in down town LA and he doesn't show his income as he makes a lot money in cash , on the other hand, he pays everything in check and trys to don't pay his debt asap which means he try to show more debt against his inco...

    Matthew’s Answer

    You can conduct discovery, including the use of a forensic accountant, to accurate depict how much the business earns and substantiate your husband's income. In addition, you may be able to use his purported expenses to show the earning potential of the business if your husband consistently pays the bills on time; your husband's ability to pay the bills will show that he has a sufficient source of income.

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