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  • Is it okay and usual to file a quit claim deed before the divorce decides on property division?

    Divorce has already been filed/husband is yet to be served. I have a case number and my husband is ready and willing to sign off on a quit claim at this current time with the intention of transferring the title into only my name instead of the bot...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Bateman, it is not going to harm you and sounds like it might go along way toward resolving the equitable distribution in your case. I don't know all the facts so, if there is any equity in the home and your husband expects some of that, you may want to be aware that is a possibility. The best thing you can do is have a consultation with a family law attorney ASAP. Most AVVO attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Call one of us today. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • How can I stop my daughter's father from taking her out of school with out me knowing and keeping her as long as he wants.

    My daughter's father and I are waiting on our child custody court date so I have something preventing him from snatching her up at any time but until then he keeps doing it. It is interfering with her school. She is missing a lot of school cause...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney De Groot, the fact that the man is on the birth certificate is only a rebuttable presumption that he is the father. Under the law in Florida, until he goes to a family law court and establishes paternity and gets a Court order to that affect, he has no rights. You need to have a long discussion with the principal of the school or someone in charge about releasing her to him without your permission. You should consult with an attorney to find out all of your rights. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • Can I loose custody of 2 kids if I smoked weed occasionally in the past (last time 1 month ago, 1 joint) but stopped!!!

    My husband is a daily weed smoker and abusive, I no longer want that for us so I got a temp restraining order and filed for divorce. He threatened that I'd loose my girls for smoking weed before. I see a psychologist for dv, found a job and I'm v...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with both attorneys but if you have stopped smoking then keep it that way. If he is smoking then its kind of like the kettle calling the pot black so to speak. However, the attorneys are correct the Court will not like it if the parents are using illegal substances. Make sure you stay clean and you should contact a family law attorney. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • How to fill out a Petition for Temporary Child Custody for 2 kids with 2 different fathers?

    My daughter is willing to sign over temporary custody to me of her children until she straightens her life out. She has 2 kids by 2 different men. 1 of the fathers we don't know who he is/where and the other pays child support and willing to agre...

    Betty’s Answer

    You will have to file a petition for each child because they have different fathers. If the one father agrees and the other one cannot be located, it doesn't sound like it will be difficult just involve two separate cases. You should consult with a family law attorney ASAP. Most AVVO attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Call one of us today. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • Will moving out of my house before filing for divorce pose any problems for me?

    My wife is pushing hard for me to move out before we file for divorce.She has free legal counsel through her work.I bought the home we've lived in for 20+ years before marriage. Deed in my name only. I have a 16 to son who will stay with wife. I w...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with both attorneys but if you question was will you lose any rights if you leave under an abandonment theory and the answer is no. You will not lose any rights by leaving the marital home. Obviously, if monthly payments need to be made and they are not made, you would be putting yourself in a foreclosure posture but that has nothing to do with your rights in a divorce. Hope I have helped. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • What can we do if we feel my step daughter was just moved to an unsafe environment?

    My husband and his ex wife have joint custody of their 13 year old daughter. We recently found out that his ex wife moved in with her daughter to a friend's house. This friend has a history of mental illness, alcoholism, and domestic violence. She...

    Betty’s Answer

    The other two attorneys are correct, your husband really needs to consult with a family law attorney ASAP. This is an issue that the Court would be concerned about and could be justification for modifying time-sharing. Most AVVO attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Call one of us today. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • What can we do if we are concerned about my step daughter's well being?

    My husband's ex wife just moved in with a friend who has a history of alcoholism, domestic violence and mental illness. My step daughter lives with them. My husband was not told of this move and in fact, the mom told their kids to keep the informa...

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney De Groot, you need to get in to see a family law attorney to see if there is anything that you can do about preventing your child from being exposed. Most AVVO attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • Can I relocate?

    I currently have a permanent injunction for one year protecting my son and i from his father. The injunction allots me 100℅ of custody, and no contact for the father. Does this mean i can make the decision to relocate to be closer to family wh...

    Betty’s Answer

    I am not sure when your injunction expires but you should read it carefully because often the Order generated from an injunction talks about whether or not you can remove the child from the jurisdiction of the court. If the injunction does not say that then you are free to leave. Also you did not say whether there was an order regarding time-sharing that was in place at the time of the injunction. That would also be important to know because if the father has not established paternity in the family law court, he has no rights. You should really consult with a family law attorney. Most AVVO attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Call one of us today. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esquire

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  • Can I get full custody of my son?

    My ex Fiance has over the last 6 months been in 2 criminal investigations for taking large amounts of money. The last one just happened a week ago and involved 90k worth of funds. She hasn't been arrested yet while the authority's gather proof And...

    Betty’s Answer

    You do not say if there is a time-sharing or custody order in place. If there is no Order in place regarding your son and you two are not married, you have no rights. You really need to file a Petition to Establish Paternity in the family law court. You should also go to the putative father registry which you can Google online and follow the steps to get yourself registered on that registry. You should consult with a family law attorney to assist you. Most AVVO attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Call one of us today. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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  • Do I have to fill out all the financial affidavit documents and mandatory disclosure before filing for a Divorce?

    Caught wife with another man and she is never home and neglects her kids. Can I file for a Divorce without filling out all the forms?

    Betty’s Answer

    I agree with the other attorneys. You can file for divorce but ultimately within certain time frames you will be required to do a financial affidavit and Mandatory Disclosure. You should consult with a family law attorney for advice. Most AVVO attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Call one of us today. Good luck.

    Sincerely,
    B. Elaine Jones, Esq.

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