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Mary Katherine Brown

Mary Katherine Brown’s Answers

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  • What it means? and How long more time for judge to grant divorce?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    It means your divorce papers were sent to a JHO for review and if approved, they were signed on or close to March 2, 2021.

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  • How do I get custody of unborn child before child protection takes baby ?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    What you should do specifically, depends upon whether you are looking to be a temporary resource or an adoptive parent. I suggest you get in touch with a NY Family law attorney asap to discuss your goals and the goals of the mother and then work out a plan. Depending upon your plan, some of the things you may need to do will take time, so I strongly recommend you get on this right away. Good luck!

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  • We were married in Davie Florida, we now are both new york residents as of 2021. is it best to file our divorce in NYC? cost?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    As the other NY Divorce attorneys have mentioned, there are a lot of details to consider regarding residency, but it sounds like NY is the place you should plan on divorcing. I suggest you get in touch with an attorney directly to discuss how/when you meet the residency requirements and what you can/should do now to prepare for your divorce. Careful planning in most instances will help reduce the costs and headache. Good luck!

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  • Can I move in with my dad (who does not have custody of me) If my mom kicks me out?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    If your mom "kicks you out" then you absolutely should go to your father. Your father should then contact a NY Family Law attorney for specific advice about what papers to file in which court and when. Unless there are extreme circumstances you have not mentioned, you will be able to stay with your father. No need for friends to adopt--it's very kind of them to offer, but it would not be possible until you are at least 18 and by then you wouldn't need them to try. Good luck!

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  • What is considered to be meaningful contact?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    Well, given the situation you've described, it may be that the father will consent to the adoption. I suggest you speak directly with a NY Family Law attorney to fully explore your options. The small price of a consultaion may put your mind at ease one what or another. Good luck!

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  • Can I still get some amount of child support from the non custodial parent if my child goes to lives with that parent??

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    Anything is possible, but the law does not generally provide for what you propose.

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  • Just found out i am pregnant by my new boyfriend?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    You should contact a NY Family Law attorney right away to discuss your situation in confidential detail. Under NY law, a child conceived during the marriage is "presumed" to be a child of the marriage. That is a rebuttable presumption. Whether it is in your interests (or the child's) to attempt or concede to a rebuttal of that presumption, is among the topics you should discuss in confidence with an attorney. Good luck!

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  • What can be considered as legal Proof of Service for divorce papers?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    Hmm... something isn't right here. I suggest you have a NY Divorce attorney review your situation and a copy of the papers submitted and then advise you accordingly. Speculation as to what "might" be the problem isn't going to help you. Good luck!

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  • How can I file a divorce living in New York but my husband is in Trinidad ?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    Yes, if you meet the residency requirements, you may use the NY courts to obtain your divorce. In additon, to obtain your divorce in NY, your husband will have to be personally served* and you will have to resolve all the "ancillary issues" to the divorce. I suggest you get in touch with a NY Divorce attorney to further discuss. Good luck!

    *There are some exceptions to this but you should discuss with attorney.

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  • Will a judge require that the support paying parent also provide health insurance?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    Most likely, if the parties are in agreement, it won't matter to the court which parent has health insurance for the child as long as one of them does. As to the insurers, I suggest you ask them -- if the parties are cooperating, you should be able to find a way to do what you want. Good luck!

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