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William P Sargeant

William Sargeant’s Answers

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  • I'm in the middle of a child custody/support "battle" and I don't feel my lawyer is listening to me. What would you suggest?

    I have a deadbeat dad trying to gain joint custody and start child support payments (he hasn't paid anything since the child was born) He's shown up out of the blue because his parents want unsupervised visits with my child. So here we are. I've b...

    William’s Answer

    The lawyer may be saying "well usually" because that's all we can do is give an educated guess. Your case is not as unusual as you think it is. Make an appointment to go in and discuss strategy with the lawyer. If you seem to be at odds, you may need to switch to another lawyer.

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  • Ex-wife Non-compliance to divorce decree

    My divorce was final on May 27th 2011. I was awarded the house, certain items listed on the decree and we were suppose to split everything else equitably. She has since started moving everything out of the house to a storage unit I don't know ...

    William’s Answer

    I suggest you hire a family law lawyer.

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  • I dropped a dirty ua for cps and now they took my 3 week old it was my 1st dirty and we both were clean at the hospital hows thi

    what can i do to get her inn family care rather than foster care and can i fight the fact she was removed after 1 dirty ua??

    William’s Answer

    Have your relatives contact the case worker offering to take the child. You must be kidding about the one dirty UA. Why would you think that was wrong. It proved you were a substance abuser. Get real and start doing all the things that CPS will ask of you.

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  • Can i get my parental rights reinstated if i voulentarily signed them over to the grandmother...She is 70+yrs old and i would

    like to get my daughter back before she awards a non family member custody of my daughter

    William’s Answer

    Your question is very vague. I assume you allowed your Grandmother to be appointed guardian of the children. If so, you can revoke your consent to guardianship and advise your grandmother you are picking up the children. You wll have to check the court documents. It may be worthwhile to hire a knowledgeable attorney.

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  • I got cheated of seen my daugther, i moved out of the country in hopes to make things better.

    but now the ex wife who filed for divorced and knowing i couldnt go back in to the US has now denied me the rights to even talk to my daugther me or any famili members. what can i do .

    William’s Answer

    Without appearing in the action or starti8ng your own action, there is very little you can do.

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  • Divorce

    I live in the U.S. for almost 3 years now, my wife which lives in another country can not wait, she is asking me either come back home or she will divorce me, i can not go back home country because my life is in danger and i fled from my country a...

    William’s Answer

    Depending upon what problems may be encountered in serving her, between 4 and 7 months without complications.

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  • Is child support manditory in Arizona?

    If I was to waive it would it still appear in the "prays" for this court as follows section?

    William’s Answer

    It is mandatory only in the sense that the judge is required to consider it and make findings. At the support hearing, you would be required to both submit Affidavits of Financial Information and worksheets but could both agree that no support would be paid and the judge would probably find that it was reasonable to order that.

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  • Pc involved with custody case for 2 yrs. Father not complying at all- father has custody - can I ask PC for a evidenciary meet?

    Represent myself so far, talked to Pc today- they are not sure what and how much they will recommend to the court. I explained father is out of work, drinks, and is turning the my 15 yr old against me. Years of custodial interference, emotional...

    William’s Answer

    The Parenting Coordinator does not conduct evidentiary hearings, the Judge does. Ask to set up a meeting which is in the nature of mediation where the PC goes back and forth and tries to get agreement with suggestions in between. Often the PC will say he or she is busy but that is the job, be insistent.

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  • I do not have the alloted amount of time written on the document to file a response in time for child custody. What do I do?

    I was just served with papers regarding child custody. The paper work is stamped all over and even written and signed by the assigned judge saying it was served on May 2nd. I wasn't given papers or even aware of it til May 20th. I'm terrified that...

    William’s Answer

    AlthoughI cannot be sure because you did not fully describe the order but I assume that the Judge has set a Return hearing for half an hour. After looking at it if you are still unsure, call the judge's office and ask for the Judicial Assistant, give her the case number and ask for confirmation that it is a return hearing. If it is a return hearing, you are not required to file a written response ever, much less before the hearing. It is advisable that you do so. Ath the hearing the judge will ask if you agree with what has been requested, If not, if you want to be sent to mediation or simply set a trila date which would be about 60 days out. You are not required to complete the parenting class before the return hearing.

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  • In a criminal case (ars13-18505a), is it usual for a lawyer to advise his client to plead guilty even though the client

    maintains his innocence? The reason given by counsel being that the facts cannot be disproved beyond a reasonable doubt, and that by entering a guilty plea may result in the elimination of future trials and offer entrance into a diversion program

    William’s Answer

    you have not disclosed enough to definitively answer your question but from the way you posed it, the answer is yes. A large percentage of criminal cases are resolv ed by plea bargain for the simple reason that the prosecution charges every offense it can and then drops some. The defense is then faced with the problem of what if the client gets convicted of two of the three. Pleading to one at the lowest level takes out the risk. Most of the people in prison claim they are innocent yet they were found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt or plead guilty. Best to get together the questions to ask your lawyer and sit down and go over them.

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