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Todd Godwin Cole II

Todd Cole’s Answers

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  • What is a petition for the registration of s foreign decree

    Boyfriend just got served this .... don't understand what it is. She's from TN he lives in FL. Divorce finalized in 2011 in FL.

    Todd’s Answer

    This means that a decree from another state is being registered in Florida. Your boyfriend should seek legal counsel immediately. You may call our offices (we practice both in TN and FL) for a free consultation.

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  • Help! I need an attorney/ paralegal for 10/15!

    My husband and I have been separated for two years. Last month he filed, and I was served. However time got away from me due to a job change, a move and a terminal brother.i just happend to check the website where it shows there is a court date se...

    Todd’s Answer

    My colleague is correct....you should attempt to obtain legal counsel ASAP but it also important that you show up to the October 15th hearing, explain to the judge why you have not been able to answer the complaint, and that you are actively seeking legal counsel.

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  • I haven't seen my child in a year and don't know what else to do. Seems like the state & childs mother want to play games

    I have a 1 year old child that I haven't been able to see since birth. The mother has refused to let me know their whereabouts. The courts won't tell me where they live. Attorneys can't get answers. Now it's time to pay back over a year of unpaid ...

    Todd’s Answer

    I am sorry you are going through this. This issue can, however, be properly addressed in Court. You need to speak with an attorney. Please feel free to contact my office to schedule a free 1hr consultation should you so choose.

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  • In Tennessee can I get full custody of my daughter I'm 16.

    I am 16 and 24 weeks pregnant. My ex has told everyone I had a miscarriage but tells me how he loves her very much and all that stuff. I moved to Tennessee he lives in Kentucky. His name will not be going on the birth certificate and also he only ...

    Todd’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague. Absent a judicial determination to the contrary, the mother has full custody of her minor child. I have written a guide on this subject which you might find helpful. You can read it here -

    http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/never-married-mom--what-are-my-rights

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  • My partner &I live in FL( married in NY). She is pregnant (artificial insemination). What rights will I have if we divorce now?

    We have been married for over a year. I want rights to the child but want to end the relationship. She is threatening to move and not allow me rights to the child. The procedure and everything associated with it were paid by me (not sure if that ...

    Todd’s Answer

    As my other colleagues have noted, this is a complex situation and you should speak with a Florida licensed attorney in more detail. However, I do believe the fact that you paid for the procedure may have created a quasi-contract upon which you may be entitled to some form of recovery. My office offers a free consultation and you may reach them at 800-637-2209 to schedule an appointment.

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  • Could I go back to court, after 3 years, and seek visitation rights to have my son come visit me out of state?

    Right now I have to go and see him. Is there anyway I could get more rights for him to come and stay at my house for the summer or for Christmas or something? I just don't know how the court is going to look at it since it has been three years, b...

    Todd’s Answer

    The short answer is, yes, you may be able to obtain more rights. You should speak more in depth with a TN licensed family law attorney. My office offers a free consultation and can be reached at 800-637-2209.

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  • My ex won't go to work and won't abide by a court order for her to pay half of bills from our Divorse agreement

    I can't afford to live, I pay 750 child support plus 400 a month for insurance for our only son. Plus her half of my 350 in the bills from the divorce. I've been doing it for 2yrs. The court ordered an enforcement order. She laughed at it. She liv...

    Todd’s Answer

    I'm sorry you are in this position. You need to obtain legal counsel and go back to the Court concerning the enforcement order. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may want to look into organizations that provide free legal services. I wish you the best of luck.

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  • Almost 11 year married , never work as I had always being a home maker, I have no credentials to get a work

    my ex make 180k a year , and I have no credentials to work and a job that will bring same as when we were together , what are my chances of get durational alimony ? till I go back to school and get a degree, have food in the table for my kids, car...

    Todd’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Mulligan, but would also add that the length of your marriage (which, at 11 years, would certainly not be considered short-term) can also be a significant factor in determining an award of alimony. Your best course of action is to speak with a family law attorney who will ask you some specific questions to better evaluate your case.

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  • Everything in family court motions & decalations is protected?

    If your ex goes bonkers in a four-page declaration, accuses you of crimes (not true) and makes wild suppositions, is this (ever) libel? How about his attny., who made factual claims that are not true {a child did not have a dr. for an ailment: the...

    Todd’s Answer

    I am sorry you are going through this. I have written a legal guide on the subject which you can read here -

    http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/defamation-and-divorce

    I hope this helps!

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  • Can my girlfriend's ex-husband use fraudulent methods in an attempt to gain discovery in an alimony dispute?

    This pertains to Florida law.My girlfriend's ex husband recently used a business acquaintance( a mechanic) to call one of his customers in the same gated community I live in. The person they choose was an 85 year old woman who had no reason to que...

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    You should speak with a Florida attorney about obtaining a restraining order. IMHO, it is of concern that he would have relied on circuitous means to gain access to your gated community for the purpose of photographing your vehicle.

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