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Steven Robert Tabano

Steven Tabano’s Answers

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  • Is there anything I can do if my ex is refusing to allow me to take our daughter on vacation?

    I have a shared (50/50) court ordered custody arrangement with my ex. In our order each parent is granted 2 non-consecutive weeks of vacation between June-August, where each parent is to notify the other by May 15th. Because my daughter participa...

    Steven’s Answer

    If the two parents cannot agree, then you would have to present a motion to the court asking for permission to take your vacation in October instead of the summer. If he has taken vacation during the school year and now he is refusing to allow you to do the same I'm sure the judge will grant your request.

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  • Can I file for divorce in a county I dont live in?

    I need to file for divorce, but to do so in Allegheny county (where I live) will cost more than I can afford. So I was looking to file in another county, like butler or beaver. This is in the state of Pennsylvania.

    Steven’s Answer

    The filing fees are not the same in every county in Pennsylvania. You are definitely permitted to file a divorce in any Pennsylvania county. You can file in another county and save a few dollars in filing fees (Allegheny has a high filing fee) but I do not recommend this. The amount of money you would save is not very much and if there is a problem it will be difficult to deal with another county. Also, your wife can petition to move the case back to Allegheny County. The court will probably not grant a request to waive the filing fees. Good luck.

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  • Do I have a defense against these dui charges?

    A few months ago i was driving and hit into a parked vehicle. I got out of my car and waited for police to show up. I blew a 0.0 on the breathalyzer, and my blood work came back clean. However I failed a field sobriety test. Is it worth trying to ...

    Steven’s Answer

    You absolutely should fight the charge if it is a D.U.I. Your case will probably be dismissed by the district attorney without even having to go to trial. It is not against the law to fail the field sobriety test.

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  • My wife owned the house before we were married she filed for divorce and sold the house for a big profit am I entitled to any

    I did tons of work to the house!!

    Steven’s Answer

    Any increase in value (including an increase in equity from paying down the mortgage) would be considered marital property to which you would have an interest.

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  • How do I go about making my father a legal guardian of my two children?

    My father lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia; while I live in Wilmerding, PA, but he would like two get y two older boys for the school year. He is former military, so in order to put them under his medical he has to become their legal guardian; wh...

    Steven’s Answer

    You need an attorney who can draw up a Petition to Confirm Custody, giving your father physical and legal custody of the children with the right for your to go back to court and get them back. You will need to notify their father and if he objects you will have a problem.

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  • What do I need to do to either obtain a separation or repair my marriage?

    My husband and I will be married 2 years this September. Starting in November 2014, he began lying to me about a number of things and hiding things from me. I left our house 3 times (for periods of a couple days to a week and a half) from November...

    Steven’s Answer

    There is no "legal separation" in Pennsylvania. If you can't get him to go to counseling try getting some individual counseling to help you sort out this mess.

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  • If a Dui says Nolle processed does it still count against me if I receive another Dui?

    I had two Dui that were put together. I was sentenced in 2008 for my second Dui. The other says Nolle processed. I Got another Dui recently, will this be my 3rd or my 2nd again?

    Steven’s Answer

    Good news for you. If a criminal case is nolle prossed then it is as if you were found not guilty. For sentencing purposes for your most recent d.u.i. case they will only count cases where you were found guilty or plead guilty. Please consult an attorney who can check your criminal record and go over the possible sentence you could receive.

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  • I need to file an answer within 30 days from 6/23/2015 on a divorce complaint

    Husband lives in NC, Wife lives in PA, no children, separated since 2012 own a strip of land in Va. Beach, VA and wife has some stock purchased by her in both names.

    Steven’s Answer

    You don't state whether the divorce was filed by your husband in North Carolina or Pennsylvania. In Pa. if you don't answer the complaint it is considered that you deny the allegations, but the case can proceed and a divorce granted without your participation. If you have to divide marital property you will have a big problem if you don not deal with it as part of the divorce. If the case was filed in N.C. you need to consult with an attorney there.

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  • I am looking into getting grandparents visitation . How difficult and expensive is the legal process?

    My son had a baby with his high school girlfriend. The baby has both parents last names. His name is on the birth certificate. We were involved in the baby's first year of life. It has been 7 months since he has seen his daughter. One year since ...

    Steven’s Answer

    A grandparent can seek partial custody or visitation when the child's parents are divorced, or have been separated for six months or more. The court makes its decision on grandparents custody rights based on what is known as “the best interests of the child.” You should hire an experienced attorney to help you navigate the process.

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  • My son's father filed for custody in a different county what do I do?

    I live in Pittsburgh and my son's father lives three hours away. I just got papers to attend mediation next week in the mail for custody where he lives. He hasn't seen my son in a year and I recently filed for child support since he doesn't help...

    Steven’s Answer

    The proper venue for your case is in Allegheny County as long as your child has resided here for at least the past 6 months. Unfortunately, you will need to hire an attorney in the other county and file preliminary objections asking that the case be transferred to Allegheny County. If you do not do this now you may have difficulty doing it later. It will be much more convenient for you to have the case in Allegheny County since custody matters often involve frequent court hearings and appearances.

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