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  • Which one do I file first or do I file both??

    I'm trying to set a hearing for a contempt, I was told I had to file a order or referral to general magistrate and a notice of hearing before general magistrate my question is which one do I file first or do I file both and just leave the area whe...

    John’s Answer

    If in Hillsborough then all contempt motions go before the Magistrate so file both.

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  • How is it possible for cpi allowed to come remove my kids on my very first case.

    It was a DV situation between me and there father , yes the kids were there but were in the room . I have no background and there was no child abuse nor neglect . My kids have everything they need and my house was clean . Now they are trying to te...

    John’s Answer

    If CPI is involved then you cannot do it alone. You should hire a lawyer to represent you in the case.

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  • Spousal support during pregnancy, birth and 12 week post partum period

    We are married still but he only lived in the house approx. 1 month. He left after I told him that we are having a baby. I do not qualify for any type of government financial assistance and actually very thankful for that. My pregnancy and birt...

    John’s Answer

    I would wait until the child is born, then at that time use a lawyer.

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  • What are my legal rights or first steps on this situation of divorce. ??

    The house and two cars are in my name and my salary is the breadwinner in the household. Due to my wife's excessive drinking, our marriage is irretrievable, I have dealt with this problem for 10+ years. I want her out of my house and she refuses, ...

    John’s Answer

    You cannot just change the locks, you need a court order to kick her out. You should hire a lawyer to represent you in the case.

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  • How can I bring a 12 year old in front of a judge for parental alienation

    It's basically over child support issues with my 12 year old child . My daughters father has custody and I pay child support , but he files contempt on me every couple months even when I am paying and he tells my daughter she can't speak to me unl...

    John’s Answer

    You have to file a motion with the court to have the child testify, and have that motion granted by the court. You should hire a lawyer to represent you in the case.

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  • What can I do about child support

    My ex who currently has custody of my 12 year old which I am a single mom of two toddlers and court ordered to pay 490 a month . He files contempt on me for instance he filed last June which from June ,July Aug I was paying 430 a month and in Sept...

    John’s Answer

    If you are unable to make the payments then file a petition for modification of support. You should hire a lawyer to represent you in the case.

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  • Currently orders to pay support. Am I able to prepay without penalty?

    My ex has is having a little trouble with their living arrangements and does not have the means to put money down for a new residence. I do not want to loan the money but would rather prepay (X) amount of months in advance so she'd have the money....

    John’s Answer

    Yes. You should use a lawyer and have the attorney draft the appropriate documents.

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  • What are the chances of my sons mother getting joint custody?

    I have full physical,sole and legal custody of my son. My court document states I have the power to determine when my son and son's mother can communicate. I have had custody of him since he's been 4months. He is now 7 years old. My sons mother h...

    John’s Answer

    Even if she is not paying support she is entitled to time sharing.

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  • Child Support

    I want to file child support; however, I'm going to file a divorce soon. Should a file child support before I get a divorce? Or should I wait until I file a divorce? I live in Tampa, Fl.

    John’s Answer

    Do it all in the same case. Hire an attorney to help you in this case.

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  • How do I go about adding to the custody plan?

    I will like to add if the other party doesn't follow the plan the other party is entitled to any attorney fees or other fees. I'll also like to add that the order is law enforcement enforceable I am prose and want to know is there a way I can add ...

    John’s Answer

    You have to file a motion with the Court. Hire an attorney to help you in this case.

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