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Mary Katherine Brown

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  • Guardianship, Rights to my boyfriend of 6 years over my minor Daughter.?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    Getting married in and of itself does not confer any parental rights upon your boyfriend/husband. If that is what you want, I suggest you get in touch with a NY Family attorney asap to discuss step-parent or "second parent" adoption in a confidential setting. Good luck!.

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  • Do I have to present the child support and custody agreement paperwork for a divorce?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    Yes, if you are planning to continue the order previously issued, then you have to include them with your divorce filing. The attorney handling your divorce should be able to help you. Good luck!

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  • CA law says once child is 18 I no longer owe... but I live in NY - have never been a CA resident. Does CA law apply to me?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    If it is a California case, then California law should apply and support should terminate at age 18 unless there was an agreement to extend it.

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  • In NY, is there a limit on how long an ex-spouse has to claim assets in a divorce? At what point, are they abandoned?

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    It is unlikely there is a magic expiration date; however, your written agreement may hold some clues as to how you get relief. If not, you might have to do a post-judgment motion to remove the restrictions on the actions you may take with respect to your IRA. I suggest you get in touch with the attorney who handled your divorce or if they are not available, arrange for a consult with another attorney who can review your agreement and advise you accordingly. Good luck!

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  • Can i be on my girlfriend baby birth certificate?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    There is a lot for you to consider in this situation and I strongly suggest you reach out to a NY Family Law attorney asap to discuss and receive specific advice. Generally, yes, if you are married you will be the presumed parent of the child and so named on the birth certificate; however, the biological father may be able to complicate things if he is aware of the pregnancy (even though he now says he's not interested). Also, once you assume the role of parent, it is permanent -- you will have ongoing obligation to the child whether you remain married or not. Good luck!

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  • Confirming vacation days?

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    If you know what you want now, then don't wait, just communicate it to him. Remind him of the May 1st deadline, but ask if he could confirm now whether he agrees to your dates. There are no "magic words" that will change the meaning of your written agreement or court order, but you can always do something different if you both agree. If you need more advice, I suggest you reach out to an attorney directly to have your document(s) reviewed so you can discuss your situation more specifically. Good luck!

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  • Can my psycho spouse deport me and still make it so I owe her money?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    It sounds like you have some potentially complex issues to resolve. That said, if you had/have a bona fides marriage, it is probably not within your spouse's control to "have you deported", but it is understandable that the threat feels real. I suggest you get in touch with a NY Divorce and Family Law attorney asap to discuss your situation and get specific advice. Good luck!

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  • I have a prenup which states what I own before marriage is mine and vice versa. married 8 years -extremely volatile husband...

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    It's great that you have a prenup and assuming it is properly done, it should give you complete protection of your separate property. Unfortunately, it is not possible to give you appropriate divorce strategy advice in this limited-purpose online forum. I strongly suggest you reach out to a NY divorce attorney asap to discuss your situation in detail and to receive the necessary advice to plan for the easiest and most efficient divorce process and the best possible outcome. Good luck!

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  • How do i go about a divorce?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    If your spouse earns more money than you do, then a court may require them to pay some or even all of your legal fees for a divorce in certain circumstances. It is very rare to find a pro bono attorney for divorce, but there are some legal services you can find online to search for that possibility. Good luck!

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  • Annulment of marriage in NYC?

    Mary Katherine’s Answer

    It is best to speak with a NY Divorce attorney asap. Annulment may not be the best path for you, but you can discuss it confidentially with an attorney. If you wish to thwart your spouses immigration plans, you may be able to do so. Good luck!

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