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  • Can my wifes ex husband take her back to court for more support due to her child wanting to attend an out of state college?

    My wife is getting harassed by her ex husband in regards to her daughter who as of last year resides with him for college tuition. She already pays child support to him and is current on it. My ex wife is almost 6000 dollars behind on her child su...

    Lori’s Answer

    This answer is likely dependent on the language of her divorce decree, so I cannot answer this fully. For that reason, I recommend seeking a consultation with a family law attorney. However, it is a typical to pro rate the out of pocket college expenses according to the parents income (after scholarships, grants etc). If you make modest incomes, the Court may cap contributions at the SUNY rate. Your wife should also seek a credit against her basic child support obligation for her contribution towards room and board. But again, you should consult with a local attorney for a comprehensive review of your specific situation. Good luck!

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  • Can I terminate my husbands parental rights to my 19 yr old son who he adopted?

    My husband is horrible to my 19 yr old son whom he adopted. By terminating his rights to this old child, what would that prevent him from doing? I don't want him to be able to make medical decisions for my son if ever he was in a accident or on li...

    Lori’s Answer

    Your son is a legal adult so you cannot terminate your husband's parental rights. However your son could execute a health care proxy and power of attorney in the event of his incapacitation enabling you to make such decisions.

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  • Can overnight visitation in girlfriends household be removed?

    My nephew left his 8 month pregnant wife and 18 month old son to live with girlfriend of 2-3 months. Girlfriend has 2 kids from 2 different marriages (she's in her early 30's); her cousin lives in the house with her child as well. The house has 3...

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    It depends on what kind of criminal activity you're talking about; does it endanger the children's well being? It's a very fact specific question, so I would suggest consulting with a family law attorney to discuss your options. Good luck!

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  • How do I go about adopting my 12 yr. old niece who my ex-husband and I have had full custody of her since she was 2?

    She is biologically related to my ex-husband but in my divorce decree after being married for 10 years and raising her as our own that I am allowed to adopt her if as divorced parents can't do it together.

    Lori’s Answer

    In order to answer your question, we would need to know if the biological parents parental rights were terminated and if not, whether they will consent to the adoption. A contested adoption is a very different process than an uncontested adoption (where consent of bio parents is not required). I would suggest having a consultation with a family law attorney to go over the best options to achieve your goals. Good luck!

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  • Is earned income the only source of child support for a VA based non-custodial parent, who's children reside in NYC?

    child support originated once the non-custodial parent resided in NYC back in 2002. Only a single COLA was awarded in 2009.

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    Not necessarily. For instance, if a company or person pays the parents rent or auto expenses, for example, that amount may be imputed to a parent as income, because that is normally an expense paid by the parent. There a lots of other ways to impute income to a parent or persuade the court that child support should be based on something other than what is shown on w-2s. I suggest having a consultation with a family court attorney to determine what you are likely entitled to depending on both parents incomes and the children's needs. Good luck!

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  • Non-Biological father signed Acknowledgment of paternity! Do I need a Lawyer?

    My Ex and I had relations and I also had relations with another person at the same time. My ex signed the acknowledgment of paternity and we found out he is not the father. The other person is. He wants rights to the child if it is his but he does...

    Lori’s Answer

    You need to file a petition to vacate the acknowledgement of paternity. There are very specific standards to meet and rules regarding timing of the filing so I would recommend having an attorney assist you. Good luck!

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  • How can I get custody of my children?

    I am living with the children's mother, however we are not married. I am work full time (60+ hrs). We have a very shaky relationship. She has cheated on me several times. We have tried, but there is very little trust left.

    Lori’s Answer

    Custody is very fact specific and there are a variety of possible resolutions. You need to file a custody petition in family court but I would suggest consulting with a family law attorney before making any moves. Good luck!

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  • What are my rights to a house I have been paying mortgage on and signed papers at closing but my name isnt on deed

    Been married 20 years, husband isnt paying the mortgage for 3 months now. I innocently and naively trusted and gave him my earnings to pay mortgage only to find out he hasnt in 3 months. We have had this house for over 10yrs and I have paid mortga...

    Lori’s Answer

    Whether your name is on the deed is largely irrelevant, from the facts given here it is marital property. I would suggest scheduling a consultation with a divorce attorney to determine what you may be entitled to in the event of a divorce. Good luck!

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  • How do I know if I have grounds to file a petition of violation in family court

    My ex is delinquent in child support, keeps going against the agreements in our divorce and purposely goes out of his way to cause me stress and anxiety his harassing behavior and malice have caused me extreme stress and fear. He had a restraining...

    Lori’s Answer

    I would recommend scheduling a consultation with a family attorney. Bring with you the support order and agreement, so you can discuss what your goals are and the best way to proceed. Good luck!

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  • Alimony extention

    Hello. My name is Celeste. I'm already divorced n I've been collecting alimony. It ends in February. My question is. Can I get a extension on my alimony. I'm not able to work n I've been waiting on disability. Plz if u can HELP. Thank u in advance...

    Lori’s Answer

    You would need to establish that the circumstances have changed and there would be an undue hardship if your support is not extended. It is possible in certain circumstances. I would recommend consulting with a local family attorney.

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