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Bonnie Lee Macdonald

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  • CT Child Support & Child Care Costs?

    Through my separation agreement, I agreed to pay for child care during the school year. We made this agreement because at the time we agreed to use my mother for $20/hour (common rate). Since divorce my EX has fired my mother and used a teenager...

    Bonnie’s Answer

    Day care is for child care while your spouse is working or even looking for work. He must give you actual invoices from the provider. You can request proof of his payments such as canceled checks or debit payments. $70 per hour is certainly excessive for day care. I don't know all the facts, so I can't know all of your options. However, You could file a motion for contempt regarding the past due child support. If he is not working, he will not be found in contempt, but the court will find an arrearage for any missed payments. You do not need to pay for child care without receipts from the provider. You may be able to file a motion requesting order that your ex provide all receipts and proof of payment for child care, such as canceled checks or debits from accounts. You could request an order that the parties agree on new care providers before you engage them. You should speak with an attorney to discuss your options situation. Different attorneys will give you different options. Some attorneys may suggest alternative plans of action to chose to follow. Good Luck.

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  • How can I spend my weekends with my kids without extra activities being join to it I have them every other weekend

    How can I spend my weekends with my kids without extra activities being join to it I have them every other weekend I only get to see them toes every other weekend but I spend more time bringing them back-and-forth to activities She sign them up fo...

    Bonnie’s Answer

    Hello,
    As kids get older they are involved of lots of activities. Part of parenting is getting the kids to all the activities and supporting them being involved. Unless the activities happen more on your time than on your spouse's time, it doesn't seem she is signing them up to deny you time. However, often there is a clause in a parenting plan that requires the parents to agree to activities. The best interest of the children comes first. It is about the kids. Supporting the kids in the activities will help them grow and become independent adults.

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  • Can someone sue me for kicking them out if they were police excorted out of my house and off the property?

    Took in a friend and her boyfriend who where homeless. They punched holes in my walls stole from me sold my property for drugs the femle was also selling herself and trying to conduct her own escort services from my home. They started out living o...

    Bonnie’s Answer

    I agree you could be sued. If you have allowed people to live in your home, you cannot just throw them and/or their possessions out of the house. You have most likely created a landlord tenant situation. In that case, You must through the court to get them out. If you were threatened you could get a restraining order whereby they have to stay away from the house, but again, you have to go through the court.

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  • What type of lawyer do I need probate or real estate?

    There was 2 liens on a property reverse mortgage and nursing home the owner passed the grandson lived there and blocked an effort to sell the house. Eventually the house was forclosed on but the estate never went through probate the title company ...

    Bonnie’s Answer

    This situation really involved both issues. You did not say how you are related to this matter. Was there an auction? Were there any proceeds? What is the status of the foreclosure and how are you involved?

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  • Can my ex-wife circumvent our dissolution agreement by kicking me out before paying my settlement, leaving me nowhere to live?

    Our agreement was her to pay me 85k provided I sign the quit deed, giving her the house so she can get an equity loan to pay me... We agreed on 150 days for me to be gone. I signed it. We divorced on March 10, 2020... The judge specifically asked...

    Bonnie’s Answer

    This question depends to a great extent on the exact wording of the agreement and to some extent the judges words at the hearing.
    Your situation is complicated by the COVID issue, as well.
    You should probably speak with your attorney as to what has transpired to date.
    Your ex would have to go to court to get the order enforced and, at that time, you would bring up the fact that she has not given you the pay off as of yet.
    You may need to retain an attorney.

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  • Condo in Connecticut?

    Father owned condo in Connecticut, he never lived in Connecticut in Florida. He died in Florida does it have to go to probate in Connecticut?

    Bonnie’s Answer

    Hello,
    I am sorry for your loss. The executor or admin of your father's estate files/opens the estate in Florida. Then the executor/admin will need to open an ancillary estate in the probate court for the Connecticut town or city where the property is located.

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  • Do i need to do anything after my ex husband passed?

    My ex husband just passed unexpectedly, we have a 3.5 years old together, we had 50/50 legal and i had 100% physical. I am lost now, do i need to change anything in court? Can I travel with my son or do i need any documentation about his death? Wh...

    Bonnie’s Answer

    Hello,
    I'm sorry for your loss. You really don't have to do anything as he was your ex-husband.
    You should see if a will is filed with the probate court within the thirty days. You did not say if your ex had remarried. If your husband had not remarried and does not have a will. Your son is a direct heir. If he did remarry, he will still be an heir, but shared with the current spouse.
    If he had a will, the beneficiaries will be named there as well and a proposed executor.
    If there is a will entered into probate, you should get a copy of the will on behalf of your son.
    You may need an attorney to review the will or make sure whoever is appointed hires an attorney.
    Depending on the circumstances, you may need to get a death certificate from the probate court.
    Bonnie Lee MacDonald

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  • Do I report dividents from investments as my income on my faniancial affidavit, same as my husband? I dont have other income.

    Uncontested divorce

    Bonnie’s Answer

    Hello. If the title to the dividends or investment account is in your name, or joint, you should put on your financial. There is a box to check as to whether the accounts are your sole accounts or they are held jointly.

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  • My father died with a will and trust. What are my next steps?

    My father passed away with a will and a trust. I am named executor and conservator. What do I do next? Do I file everything with the court and how do I do this?

    Bonnie’s Answer

    Hi,
    I am sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is always difficult.
    Initially you need to be appointed as executor by the probate court, even though you are named as executor under the will. You file a PC 200 with the probate court. You must attach a copy of the will and the death certificate. You will need to send a copy of PC 200 with attachments to every heir and beneficiary under the will. I agree with the previous attorneys that you will likely need to consult with an attorney. Talk to more than one attorney. Some attorneys will work with you so you can do as much of the work as possible. However, there are a maze of forms to be filed and depending on the size of the estate, tax forms as well.

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  • I have a question about alimony

    I am considering divorcing my husband of nearly twenty-five years. I believe it would be high-conflict (from his side). He has been the primary breadwinner for the majority of our marriage as I’ve worked from home while being primary care giver t...

    Bonnie’s Answer

    Good Morning.
    You have asked quite a few questions. Without more information I cannot give you any definite answers. I would say that you after a 25 year marriage, alimony will be a factor, depending on your husband's income, your income and the child support number. I don't have enough information to comment on his employment. If he is not working now, he will need to get a new job. This environment is difficult and the Court will consider that. However, parties are not allowed to willfully decrease their income during the time of the divorce. The Court also might consider his earning capacity. The above are just a few ideas that might apply. It is impossible to say much more without further information. In your situation, you should likely at least consult with an attorney. Good Luck.

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