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Steven Lance Bynum

Steven Bynum’s Answers

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  • I live in my older brother'shome and he died leaving no will. He told me I had life tenancy but never put it in writing

    Steven’s Answer

    You may have a case for adverse possession. It would depend on whether you have been paying the taxes and living there openly and notoriously during the statutory period which is 5 years. Check out Civ. Proc. §§ 318, 325, 328. You need a real estate attorney immediately.

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  • Does Common law marriage exist in California?

    Steven’s Answer

    California does not recognize common law marriages. However, this does not mean that you do not have similar rights as a spouse under the law. You may have putative spouse status, be entitled to reimbursement in a Marvin action, and are likely entitled to child support. These are all fact specific which is why I would highly recommend talking to an attorney who has experience with these issues to ensure your rights are protected.

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  • Hello, can I (petition) serve the divorce papers to the respondent who is a citizen of Germany?

    Steven’s Answer

    Petitions for Dissolution must be personally served. If he is agreeable to the Dissolution, you could simply mail the document to him with a Notice and Acknowledgement form which he will sign and return to you for filing with the court and voila, service is complete. Assuming he is not cooperative, the journey becomes quite a bit more arduous. As Germany is a Hague Convention Signatory, you must abide by the Hague Convention rules. In Germany, you must have the document translated by a certified interpreter (even if the other party speaks English), fill out the USM-94 at your local US Marshall's office, then send it to the Central Authority in Germany for Service. A few months later, assuming all of your paperwork is in order, you will receive a copy of the proof of service.

    I would highly recommend that you find an experienced attorney who understands the international service of process.

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  • can a family court judge allow the ex-wife Legal Assistant to attack the new girlfriend on the witness stand case not related.

    Steven’s Answer

    I do not really understand what you are asking. It sounds like the family court Judge allowed the other party (a legal assistant) to question your new girlfriend on the stand. This can be permissible when there is a court hearing and you call a witness. It is not clear as to how your girlfriend was called to the witness stand. Was she your witness and was cross-examined by the ex wife legal assistant? As for the girlfriend, why would she need an attorney if she was a witness? There are many questions to this issue.

    I recommend consulting with a family law attorney who can advise you as to your specific situation.

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  • What course of legal actions can I take against my still but legally separated husband and his attorney??

    Steven’s Answer

    Once again, I agree with Ms. Campbell. In order to 'undo' a court's order is an uphill battle at best, and can only be granted in very limited circumstances. You need to find an attorney who is familiar with these types of cases (called a "set aside") if that is what you are trying to do, which it sounds like you are. Also, as Ms. Campbell stated, there are very limited and tight deadlines for seeking this type of relief so do not procrastinate or you will be out of luck.

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  • Cps took my little girl while I was on my death bed.

    Steven’s Answer

    I agree with Ms. Campbell, you need to find an attorney and tell them the entire story. The attorney will be able to find out if there has been any violation of law and what needs to be done moving forward. This is a situation which needs to be dealt with as soon as possible and there are lots of facts that an attorney will need to find out how to proceed. If money is an issue, try legal aid in your area as they may be able to help or at least point you in the right direction, for little to no cost.

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  • Struggling My husband was left at mexico for 10 years, that person that help him with Immgraction papers, what can we do ?

    Steven’s Answer

    You need to consult with an immigration attorney right away in regards to your husband's case. In the meantime, look into any public benefits available through the state or county. You can go to your local Department of Human Services and they can assist you in applying for public benefits.

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  • How do I file abandonment as a single parent with no adopting parent?

    Steven’s Answer

    Several questions present themselves in this situation.
    1. Were you married to the father?
    2. Is he on the birth certificate?
    3. Why terminate his rights?

    If he is not on the birth certificate, and not trying to assert his rights, why bother with terminating his rights?

    There are no forms for filing an abandonment and you will need to draft your own pleadings. I have heard of this being done here in Kern County outside of the adoption context when the court finds there is good cause for termination. This type of proceeding can get fairly complex and I would recommend hiring an attorney.

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  • What is needed to begin a move away case?

    Steven’s Answer

    It really depends on the custody situation and your orders. If you are both in agreement to the move away, you may be able to simply file a stipulation with the court. If you have sole custody, or are the custodial parent, you have the presumptive right to move away. I would not move without a stipulation or court approval. I suggest you hire an attorney as these types of cases can take a good bit of time if they are contested.

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  • If i don't initiate conversation between my husband and our child am i alienating our kid from him?

    Steven’s Answer

    Judges (most) are pretty good at ferreting out whether there is truly any type of parental alienation going on, which can be a serious issue. It is not your job to encourage your child to communicate with his biological parent. A finding of parental alienation is a high hurdle to prove and it doesn't seem like, on these facts, that is the case here.

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