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George Baker Richardson

Palo Alto Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Can my old attorney seek to enforce an attorney fees and costs order under Family Code 2030?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. George Baker Richardson
    2. Justin Kirk Tabayoyon
    3. Gina Marie Famularo
    4. Samira Amato
    4 lawyer answers

    You may not like it, but the terms of the order govern. You say that your former spouse is ordered to pay your former attorney. That says it all. Given that you clearly incurred the fees, it seems only reasonable that your former lawyer should be paid. Another lawyer can request additional fees to be ordered paid by your former spouse, if your action is continuing.

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  2. Is it alright for a judge during mediation to give you bad advice to make you sign an agreement?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. George Baker Richardson
    2. Carla Leslie Hartley
    3. Robert A. Stumpf
    4. Carolyn Mae Gramlich
    5. Herb Fox
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    If you feel that the agreement is not a good one under your circumstances, you should address your concerns with your lawyer. Avvo lawyers shouldn't try to second-guess your decision making while represented. You had your lawyer with you. Only you, your lawyer, and the mediator know what was going on.

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  3. My wife, whom I separated from since 2010 has decided to re-marry knowing that our divorce is not yet finalized. Where to start?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. George Baker Richardson
    2. Michael Douglas Shafer
    3. David Alexander Browde
    4. Gregory Paul Benton
    5. Joseph Torri
    5 lawyer answers

    If your wife marries without getting a final judgment of divorce, she will be committing a felony called bigamy. You need to talk with an experienced family law attorney to assist you. You can consult with a lawyer about your question for little or no cost through a lawyer referral service in your area. You can find your nearest lawyer referral service by clicking on the link below.

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  4. Can a father sue his spouse if he finds out that his son is not his?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. George Baker Richardson
    2. Donald Frederick Conviser
    3. Edna Carroll Straus
    4. Anne Marie Healy
    5. Matthew Timothy Bechtel
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    This is not a family law question. If there is any cause of action [and I doubt that there is] you need to repost to personal injury or tort lawyers. I wonder what you would sue her for. Given the time that is passed and the fact that your son is an adult, you are, for all legal purposes, his father. I assume that you have treated this young man as your son for the last 22 years. Have you considered the impact on your son of your even attempting to sue his mom? You should repost this question...

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  5. How to best be allowed to move out of state with minor child during or after divorce?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. George Baker Richardson
    2. Robert Brett Burch
    3. Roman Edward Ybarra
    4. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    4 lawyer answers

    This is a highly complex area of the law and you should consult a lawyer in your area before you take any action. Leaving California with your daughter could, under some circumstances, lead to criminal charges of child abduction or parental kidnapping. The family law facilitator's statement could, under some circumstances, be accurate. However, it is way too simplistic. California is your daughter's "home state", and CA has jurisdiction over the question of where your daughter lives, unless...

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  6. Is a Mediator mandated to sign something to record her involvement in procuring a settlement agreement?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. George Baker Richardson
    2. Donald Frederick Conviser
    3. Hillary Johns
    3 lawyer answers

    I have mediated dozens of family law disputes. A mediator is not required to sign the Marital Settlement Agreement or Judgment. However, the mediator and people in the dispute will sign a mediation agreement at the beginning of the case in order to protect the confidentiality of the mediation discussions. This agreement is rarely filed with the court. A Marital Settlement Agreement or Judgment that I prepare will indicate that I mediated the agreement / Judgment; however, I do not sign the...

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  7. I want to respond to a Fl-320 (Responsive Declaration to Request for Order). Do I need to file a Form?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Tobie Brina Waxman
    2. Daniel Seth Williams
    3. George Baker Richardson
    4. Gregory Paul Benton
    5. Richard Eric Anthony Dwyer
    5 lawyer answers

    Mr. Williams' suggestion should work for you. Good luck.

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  8. Can i get a quicker divorce, it's been 23 yrs since i fleed a abusive husband

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. George Baker Richardson
    2. Michael Charles Schwerin
    3. Nancy Regan
    4. Robert Ricci
    4 lawyer answers

    You should be able to get your divorce. The main question may be how to let your husband know that you are suing for divorce. Since you have had no contact with him for many years, you may be able to use a form of notice called "Publication". You would file your petition for divorce and the serve your husband by publishing an ad in the "Legal Notices" section of your paper, and, maybe, in LA County also. There are very specific rules that must be carefully followed for you to effectively use...

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  9. Are there any Pro Bono or low cost female family law attorney's in San Diego? I need immediate legal assistance.

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. George Baker Richardson
    2. Alan Shepard
    3. Stephen Ross Cohen
    4. Robert Andrew Michael Burns
    4 lawyer answers

    Contact Child Support Services. Every CA county provides no cost representation with respect to all aspects of obtaining, modifying, and enforcing child support orders. They are particularly good at enforcement because they have access to a number of enforcement tools, such as grabbing tax refunds before they go to the person who is delinquent in payments or taking that persons professional (if any) or driver's license. See the link to contact San Diego's Department of Child Support Services

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  10. How do I change my address with San Diego County family court and notify the opposing party?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. George Baker Richardson
    2. Gregory Paul Benton
    3. David Alexander Browde
    4. Stanley Dawe Prowse
    4 lawyer answers

    The MC-040 will work. See the link below for instructions on how to proceed.

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