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  • Can a creditor who is garnishing my wages take tuition reimbursement that is given to me by my employer for my education?

    I have recently begun having my wages garnished, however, I recently set up an agreement for a wage assignment instead of garnishment. That being said, they said they can't stop the wage garnishments until I send a wage assignment form in which I ...

    Todd’s Answer

    They will be able to take 25% of whatever is in that account. Perhaps you need to get into a payment plan with the creditor. This question is better directed to collections attorneys.

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  • What mileage distance between parents would result in a long distance parenting plan ( 374 miles apart now)

    My ex and I ( never married and I moved to Indiana from Illinois) due to an abusive relationship. I had to basically run away to be safe he would have never allowed the move. We are now in court and we have temporary orders for visitation and chi...

    Todd’s Answer

    More so than mere miles a court is likely to look at how much time the children will spend in transit when looking at the reasonability of adopting one plan v. another.

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  • Can my sister get POA or do one of my parents have to give up custody? How would the child support situation work out?

    I am 13 and my parents have shared custody of me. I want to live with my sister who lives in Boston for the school year, but both parents do not want to give up custody. Also my dad doesn't want to pay my mom child support, since I wont be there.

    Todd’s Answer

    Your parents may grant your sister POA. You cannot force them to do this however.

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  • How can I get my tuition insurance coverage from a school my child will not be attending?

    We contracted to send our child to a private school. He then earned acceptance to a free gifted public school and we declined our acceptance to the private school. The private school offers tuition reimbursement insurance with this language "The n...

    Todd’s Answer

    I do not understand this question. Why should a parent have to pay anything to a private school the child is not attending?

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  • What are my legal rights regarding my high school transcripts if any?

    I graduated from a charter high school in 2009, they closed down in 2010. I was able to have my official transcripts (before they closed) sent to colleges I applied to and was accept by one of them. I ran into some hardships and had stopped going ...

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    Have you made a written request under FERPA?

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  • Can I file a lawsuit against the University?

    She followed a agreement with her professor that would allow her to turn her exams in late because she is a student athlete so a grade change was made. She was issued her degree in March and 9 weeks later she was told that she was ineligible to co...

    Todd’s Answer

    With out evaluating the actual agreement it is impossible to say. You should have it reviewed by an attorney in the area, experienced in contract, tort and education law. You will also likely need to engage the services of an expert witness to determine (and testify to) the dollar value of the student's loss.

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  • When giving dollar for dollar credit for college rm and board is there a minimum that the remaining child must receive in cs?

    I am cp of 2. One is going to college in fall. I am going to court to ask for mod to include college bc that's is exactly what it says to do in div decree. No other reference at all is made to coll. I receive 25% of ncp income. A dollar for dollAr...

    Todd’s Answer

    This is really a domestic relations / child support question and should be asked there.

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  • How can I better prepare myself in high school to one day being a Paton Attorney?

    As a junior in high school, my options are broad. But I want to be on the best path possible to one day become a Paton Attorney. Are there any suggested courses or activities I should be involved in now?

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    I agree with my colleagues. You must develop strong practical skills in a scientific field as well as strong written and oral communication skills. A degree in any science (Physics, engineering, chemistry, etc.) and a minor in english or history should do the trick.

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  • For an HFA Special Education Student in New Jersey is it realistic/accurate that districts just have to provide needed services?

    In practice, are districts only required to provide necessary services such as speech, aide, social skills class, guidance counseling, behavior plan and that the specifics (such as duration/frequency/style/quality/details and even appropriate goal...

    Todd’s Answer

    I agree with my colleague. Further there are a number of factors that are relevant. The most important thing a parent can do is put their requests in writing and in language as neutral and descriptive as possible. Remember that data on the student helps identify needs and the needs drive what ought to go into the IEP.

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  • Retention in Catholic schools

    I was told that my son's catholic school wants to retain my son in the 7th grade. What are my legal rights in Catholic schools?

    Todd’s Answer

    Catholic schools are private schools so your rights are limited. Your rights are those within your contract with the school. Has your child been identified by your public school district as one entitled to special education services? If so you you may wish to enroll him in your local school district and have an IEP drafted (after a full educational evaluation)

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