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Monte Kenneth Snyder

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  • Hello, In preparing a will, I have a couple who I want to guide to have my children if something happens to me. DO they have to

    Hello, In preparing a will, I have a couple who I want to guide to have my children if something happens to me. DO they have to show ID or anything during the creation of the will or not? If not what info do I need from them?

    Monte’s Answer

    You should have an attorney prepare your will and any other documents related to your estate/end of life. I had a good friend who did it herself, the will was rejected by the court. Many people who attempt these themselves have an end result that was unintended. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish.

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  • Can I move from Ohio to Louisiana in order to protect my daughter and be closer to family

    I am a 19 single mom. My daughters dad is not in her life. He signed a paper when she was 3 months old saying he never wanted to see her again as long as I didn't ask for child support. Her father is crazy. He comes to my house banging on the do...

    Monte’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. You state that you are 19 and a single mother. I suspect that you were never married to the father. IF that is the case, and IF both of you never signed an Affidavit of Paternity, in Ohio the father has no legal rights as a parent. The natural mother is by law the natural custodian of her child. If all of the above assumptions are correct, you may go wherever you please (without a court order). Of course, you may pursue child support through the CSEA, and he may pursue parentage rights through the court. If you are unsure regarding any of the above, you should see an attorney.

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  • Do I have the opportunity to file for visitation for my son if I'm going to be paying child support?

    I'm about to have a child support hearing in a few weeks. I'm trying to see if I had any visitation rights or any rights at all.

    Monte’s Answer

    My colleagues are correct. In Ohio, an unwed father has an obligation to support his children, but no rights as to the child absent a court order. Only a Juvenile Court may grant such rights following a proper petition and hearing. (I'm assuming the parents were unwed.)

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  • How is that possible?

    I have custody of my child. The court has retained a week to week visitation (with dad one week, with me the next). The father tells me I am responsible for providing all the child's clothes and personal items while the child is with him because...

    Monte’s Answer

    I agree with Ms. King, and my other colleagues offer good advice. If you did not have an attorney either in domestic or juvenile court (whichever was involved) obtain a consultation with one to have your legal documents reviewed. These issues are usually addressed, but it can sometimes be a bit of work to decipher them. Know what your documents say and abide by them, until they are modified by the court.

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  • My husband stole our joint savings. How do I reclaim whats mine?

    When I told my husband I wanted a divorce he went behind my back and withdrew our joint savings and deposited it all into his own personal account. That was in April, and in May he moved out of our house, using our saving to get an apartment, take...

    Monte’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Sheets. Even from you brief description, it is clear that this will start as a contested divorce, and you cannot trust your spouse in this matter. Divorce is complicated in your case. Do not attempt to do this on your own. Each week I encounter people who attempted to be their own attorneys, and the outcome is never good.

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  • Do I have to force my daughter to see her father and meet him halfway?

    My ex husband lives in Cleveland by choice and our daughter and I live in Cincinnati. That is well over 3 hours. He wants to see his daughter and wants me to drive her halfway to Columbus. I have full custody. He never formed a bond with our da...

    Monte’s Answer

    Mr. Kirner's advice is good. I'd only add that this is not something that you should attempt to do on you own. Legal representation is essential. Expert testimony may be necessary, since the child is currently in therapy.

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  • Is Decree Divorce different from "complaint for divorce"? Or just a Motion asking court Enter Order against other Party?

    Are all Divorce cases must follow by a filing a Decree form, or only certain special divorce cases? No Property or any other Material. We have children. I am working on a Answer and Counter Claim for Divorce, but I don't see the point of filin...

    Monte’s Answer

    I agree with my fellow counsel. I'd just add that, from the wording of your question, it appears that your wife has moved out of state and filed for divorce there, since your asking about a counterclaim. You should retain a local attorney where she filed. Domestic relations laws can vary considerably when crossing state lines. Obtain a licensed attorney where she filed.

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  • Have been separated 12 yrs, if one or the other passes, is the one left responsible for the others debts

    am separated 12 yrs, if the other party passes am I responsible for his debts

    Monte’s Answer

    Mr. Thompson's answer is basically correct. 12 years is a long time to be separated. A divorce should be seriously considered, as marriage carries many legal consequences even though separated. (I'm assuming you have not obtained a legal separation.) Your spouse could also be damaging your credit. It is time you ended this relationship legally and moved on.

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  • Do i need a lawyer? I have a child support and custody hearing in indiana, can i represent myself?

    I have a 5yr old daughter who lives with her mom in indiana. Ive paid her mother $200 a month since she was 6months, thats when we seperated. We were never married. I have a court hearing for child support and custody, do i need a lawyer or can i...

    Monte’s Answer

    Mr. Mullen has given good advice - you need an Indiana attorney. Further, it sounds like you probably have a contempt motion against your ex. I'd file that as soon as possible, through an attorney. Only he can properly analyze your case with all the facts.

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  • Question regarding what information to give a guardian ad litem.

    Soon to be ex had not seen child due to domestic violence charge in a year. Father returned to the state that we live in, it was allowed to keep son for two weeks with him. During those two weeks, father allowed girlfriend from the state, who is n...

    Monte’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Mullen. I've always advocated that the GAL should know everything, whether you think it important or not. The same goes for your attorney, let him/her decide the importance. That is what your representation entails.

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