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Brian Edward Sipe

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  • Can I take a five-year-old away from her unfit mother if I am a legal Godfather

    The mother is as mature as a 3 year old. She is my sister and she treats the baby like crap. Every week she's got a new boyfriend that she "loves". Each one being a drug addict or just out of prison or going into prison. The baby keeps getting att...

    Brian’s Answer

    The only way for you to succeed in defending the child is through child and youth. You must give them the information proving your claims so that they can obtain evidence of the negligence and neglect. You will not succeed on your own in court simply by filing for custody. Good luck to you in protecting this child.

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  • Can i have it forced for house to be put up for sale?

    In need of some advice. Been separated for 15 mo. Now and looking to file for divorce. We own a home together. He forced me out of home. Letting house go into foreclosure then once i moved out he magically came up with money to get it out of fore...

    Brian’s Answer

    You can. There are many options available to you. You will most likely have to go to the court to get him ordered to do something, but he will have to eventually. You can force him to put the house up on the market, to pay the mortgage, etc. It seems that you really need an attorney's advice to figure out exactly what needs to be done and what the best option for you would be. This is too complex an issue for the Avvo forum. Good luck.

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  • Pennsylvania divorce law - Filing in any county

    Hi, Myself and my wife live in Chester county right since 2 years. We are planning to file a mutual divorce. Does Pennsylvania law accept to file in any county we wish. We were thinking of Potter county in PA as I heard its cheaper and faster. Wo...

    Brian’s Answer

    As long as you have absolutely no issues to raise, Potter Cty will accept your filing and grant you a divorce. They are the cheapest.

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  • What is the law on child support in the state of PA and what laws do the judges have to obide by???

    Child support laws and regulations the judges have to fallow by the law of PA

    Brian’s Answer

    Do you really expect someone on Avvo to be able to summarize all the law on support on this forum? Look at the link that I have posted below and then try to focus your question more. If you ask a specific question, someone here will answer it. If you cannot, then you should contact an attorney. Too many nuances exist for a forum like Avvo to be able to answer a broad question.

    http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/LI/consCheck.cfm?txtType=HTM&ttl=23&div=0&chpt=43

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  • Filing for a divorce, no children or shared assets. Can I self represent myself in Pennsylvania?

    I am looking to file for a divorce fairly soon. We have no children & no shared assets. I live in the state of Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh but am trying to relocate to another state after filing paperwork. I am wondering if this will cause any ...

    Brian’s Answer

    If you need to know how to represent yourself, then you cannot represent yourself properly. Your case sounds simple enough, but only if the other party agrees not to ask for anything and is happy simply getting a divorce. If so, why not the split the cost of a lawyer between you both? Below is the link to the rules of court regarding divorce procedures, in case you still want to do this yourself.

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  • How do I find out my marital status?

    I am a naturalized American citizen. My husband is an American citizen. In 1994 we moved to France. My husband deserted me in 1997 and went back to Philadelphia. I am residing in France. In 2010 I got some divorce papers and wrote to the court tha...

    Brian’s Answer

    There are too many questions about your situation to answer in detail. However, the short answer is, call the prothonotary for the county in which he filed for divorce, give them the docket number from the papers that you were served with, and ask if a divorce decree was ever issued by the court.

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  • What is my next step since she has counter filed for alimony and alimony pendent lite?

    I have filed for divorce. We both lived in Pa, I moved to Md 2 years ago. We have no joint assets, no young children, she is currently receiving spousal support.

    Brian’s Answer

    If your divorce was filed in PA, then the counterclaim alone is only to protect her potential rights. The spousal support will turn into APL and the alimony claim will be settled at equitable distribution. You must now complete discovery and file for a master's hearing for equitable distribution.

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  • How do I return my respondent answers

    My ex has file a petition for contempt against me. I have 20 days to show cause why he is not entitled to the relief requested. Upon submitting questions about it on here I have been able to write up (my) Respondent answers. I do not know what to...

    Brian’s Answer

    File one copy with the prothontary at the courthouse, send one copy, regular mail, to his attorney. No costs involved. Goodluck.

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  • Relocation

    I have sole legal,sole physical, sole primary custody, I live with the child in PA, my ex has visitation rights , ex sees child once a month and ex lives in Maryland state. I got a great job in different state, do i need to submit any papers in ...

    Brian’s Answer

    You must follow the requirements of the relocation statute exactly as it is set forth at the link below:

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  • How can we go about filing for custody if we live in two different states?

    My husband wants to file for full custody for his son who lives in a different state with his mother. The mother of the child likes to play mind games and use the child against my husband. She says she want my husband to be in his life but she try...

    Brian’s Answer

    If he is the father, he can and should file for custody. He should do so right away. Retain local counsel in the county of the state where the child resides.

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