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Virginia Ann Leen

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  • Do I have to babysitting costs on my ex partner days when she works

    We have a 7 yr son we were not married. I have him every Thursday and Friday, she works Tuesday to Saturday

    Virginia’s Answer

    You need to look very carefully at the exact language of your existing order of child support. It is typical for a court to order that all "work-related" child care costs are to be split by the parties according to the proportional shares of the child support worksheet. However, sometimes the parties agreed, or a court ordered, that all such costs were included in the base transfer payment. So it depends on your written orders.

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  • Medical and other debt prior to marriage

    My husband to be is worried that any debt I have incurred prior to our marriage will become his debt as well. I have outstanding medical bills as well as a vehicle repossession courtesy of a jealous and abusive ex. Is there a statute of limitation...

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    This debt is your separate debt because it was incurred prior to the marriage. However, third-party creditors could attempt to collect against community-property assets. The debt should not be consolidated with any other community debt and your spouse should not take an action that could imply he takes responsibility for them, such as making payments toward this debt, if he wants it to remain separate. A prenuptial agreement may further protect him from debt collection efforts for the separate debt, and you should consult with an attorney regarding this option.

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  • How can I prove my ex-wife is now employed?

    Based on the divorce decree I pay her until the end of September but my sons recently told me they attended her vocational school graduation and she wore a tag that said "employed". Also, the other day she e-mailed me and said she'd be "busy" unti...

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    I would add that, even if she is employed, whether or not this will reduce your obligation depends on the language of your Decree or Order of Child Support. If you are paying child support, you could probably seek an adjustment, and her going from zero to any income at all may justify the court's recalculating support. If it you are paying spousal maintenance, then your Decree will dictate whether or not you are entitled to seek a modification, and, then, it would still be based on your relative incomes, so you may not get a reduction to zero.

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  • Do i need a family law lawyer?

    My case is in ohio.I had a child with a women 171/2 years ago.This child is severely mentally disabled. During and after the pregnancy her mother wanted nothing to do with me and i left it at that because the child has no mental capacity and it wo...

    Virginia’s Answer

    Yes, you need an attorney. The court can order support and you need to make sure that all of your income and any allowable credits or deductions are considered by the court.

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  • I am 14 years old, i hate my mom and my dad doesnt have a place to live. can i live at someone elses house legaly??

    My mother is abusive. she has slapped me in front of my friends, almost got me and another one of my friends killed in a car on purpose. And she cares more about her exchange students than me. My friend (who is like a brother to me) and his mom sa...

    Virginia’s Answer

    You have several options. Your parents could consent to your living with another adult, be it the parents of a friend or a relative. This adult may want your parents to pay living expenses. If done in an informal manner, no court proceeding is necessary. You don't specify why you do not get along with your mother, but, assuming that either she, or your father, is a competent parent, you would not be able to legally live away from them without their consent. If you are in danger of physical or emotional harm, you should talk to a school counselor or contact child protective services to conduct an investigation. In this case, another adult that you know could apply to become your legal guardian or you could be placed in a foster home.

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