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April Marie Townsend

April Townsend’s Answers

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  • How long after my Attorney filed for spousal support will a hearing be Schduled in Allegheny County,PA! It had been 10 days ?

    Filed Almost 2 weeks ago!

    April’s Answer

    It may take awhile to actually appear in court and hash out the appropriate amount of the support award. You should keep in mind, however, that the effective date for the order is retroactive to when you file so your rights are protected while you are waiting for your day in court.

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  • My wife wants a divorce. Can she legally change our sons last name to her new married name?

    My wife claims she is leaving me for another man. She keeps telling me she wants to help me pay some debt down so I am not struggling so much after we are divorced. Her one stipulation is she wants to change our son's last name to her man's last n...

    April’s Answer

    Your wife can potentially make the divorce more complicated in terms of rescinding her offer to help with debt and leaving the matter to the court for equitable distribution. This can lead to hefty legal fees on both sides. However, I agree that you seem to have the upper hand since the name change would occur after the divorce is finalized and she would be stuck with the terms of the divorce at that point.

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  • Child support / children's activities costs - who pays?

    my ex and I have shared 50/50 physical custody of our two kids. We have been splitting kids activities - ballet tuition, registrations for football, soccer, wrestling, and all associated costs for 3 years. We both agree that kids should continue t...

    April’s Answer

    Generally, extracurricular activities will not be built into a support award so unless there's been a change in income that would warrant a modification it's probably not worth returning to court.

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  • My wife wants me to leave, however, I want 50/50 child custody over my daughter. What happens if I leave now?

    My wife wants a seperation, but it may turn into a divorce.

    April’s Answer

    You can file for custody and get an order established prior to leaving the home. Under Section 5323(h), relief may be granted while the parties are still living together given that any custody order would not be effective until the parties actually separate. This would potentially eliminate a time frame where you are out of the home but custody arrangements cannot be mutually agreed upon. It's definitely something to consider in Philadelphia County where there is a substantial backlog in Family Court and it can take months to get a court date.

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  • I am getting divorced and i have credit cards in my name only. is my soon to be ex responsible for those debts too?

    My wife names is not on any of my credit card accounts.

    April’s Answer

    It usually depends on the nature of the debt as far as if the debt was incurred for the benefit of both of you during the marriage. You should consult with a family law attorney to do a more in-depth review of the debts and assets of your case.

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  • Any tips for someone being summoned to Family court to pay child support to ex-girlfriend?

    My Husband and I have been married two years and together for 8 years. He has two children with his ex girlfriend and has been paying as much as he could afford in support non-formally for the past 9 years. A few weeks ago he got a summons to go t...

    April’s Answer

    You should consult with a local attorney to get an idea of what the child support award may be through the court. He will likely need to show proof of his income (pay stubs, W-2, tax returns) and expenses. He should also have documentation of the payments he has made outside the court for the benefit of the children.

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  • Where can I turn? I need help to know what I can do

    My problem is with domestic relations section of daulphin county pa. I have tried to call and even went there to talk to some one and every time I either get handed a number to call and told no one can see me or when i do call i get the answerin...

    April’s Answer

    It sounds like you will need to file a formal petition with the court. If you can't make it to the court house in person, you should check the PA Support Website to see if you can download the forms and mail them in. Any change in support will be retroactive to the date you file so you want to file sooner rather than later.

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  • Can we get legal help in AL even though the child lives primarily in PA?

    Back in Dec the mom of my step daughters moms bf called and informed us that they were homeless, the bf was physical,and emotionally abusive, and on drugs. the mom is still with him inspite of this. we spoke with the lawyer who got our custody ord...

    April’s Answer

    This is a jurisdiction issue. Generally, custody matters should be dealt with in the child's home state meaning the state where they resided for at least six months prior. However, there are exceptions available under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. For example, if a child is in danger and there is a need for immediate action, the jurisdiction where the child is located at that time can enter a temporary emergency order. You should consult a local attorney to see if it is an emergency situation where your state may be able to enter a temporary order.

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  • If a women is married in the state of PA,and wants a divorce what is the first step? She lives with husband and 2 their 2 kids.

    She currently lives with her husband in the same house. She does work, but doesn't make enough to pay rent, food, utilities, and child care. She wants to leave due to his physical and mental behavior towards her. He is refusing to get a divorce, t...

    April’s Answer

    The first step in any divorce is filing a complaint. You can do this while still living together if it isn't feasible to move out right away. Once a divorce is filed you can ask the court to grant you exclusive possession of the home based on your husband's abusive behavior. You can also seek support which can include a contribution towards the mortgage on the home, if applicable. There are ways to secure a divorce without your husband's cooperation. You should consult with a local attorney to go over the specifics of your case and see what would be the best way to proceed.

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  • Is there a 3-day cooling off period for paternity paperwork filled out at the hospital?

    My son signed paternity paperwork at the hospital. (different county than domicile, which is Montgomery) No explanation was given to him as to what he was "agreeing" to or ramifications of same. He is 90% sure this baby is his. He has expressed ...

    April’s Answer

    I'm assuming the paperwork you're referring to is the acknowledgement of paternity form. This form serves as conclusive evidence of paternity. You should consult with a local attorney for a more in-depth discussion of the ramifications of signing the acknowledgement.

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