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  • Is my situation simple and what's the cost frame i am looking at?

    Been divorced for a year and a half. Ex husband, whom is a Lt. Col, in the Air Force, has been paying an agreed upon amount. But, it comes with a lot of manipulation and hostility on his end. He says that come May of 2016, he'll no longer pay the ...

    Loretta’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Bernstein, i am not sure how you could get a divorce without addressing child support and spousal support. The court generally does not allow one to ignore or waive child support and spousal support has to be awarded or denied.

    You need to seek an immediate consultation with an attorney in your county. You need to gather your decree and any other documents that accompanied your decree. The attorney will need to see and review the decree in order to advise you properly. At the consultation, after review, counsel should be able to advise as to your options and fees.

    Again, you should do this immediately. Some options can change based on length of time that has lapsed. Good Luck.

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  • Is there anything I can do? Can I file for emergency custody? How do I go about this?

    I have a 6 year old. I had full custody of him until he was 5 years old, and then I married my husband and his father decided to go after me for full custody because my Husband is in the military and he didnt want our son moving. We went to the pr...

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    At a minimum you should seek a consultation with counsel in your area to help advise you on how to proceed. From what you have listed I am not seeing a basis for an emergency motion, but go into detail on this with counsel in a consultation. Most attorneys can schedule consultations by phone or skype if you are out of the area. You will want to provide in advance a copy of the current court orders on this matter. You should also touch base with the local legal aid society to see if you qualify. In addition, check with the legal division of the military unit your husband is enrolled in. Often, they can provide assistance. In any event, no matter how you proceed, you should spend the money for a consultation and get good solid advice up front before determining how you proceed.

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  • Can anyone recommend a professional supervisor for visitations please?

    Looking for a professional supervisor for visitations. Family or friends is not a viable option.

    Loretta’s Answer

    Many courts will have specific locations to which you can be referred. You may want to check some of the following:
    Family Nurturing Center - http://www.familynurture.org/content/visitation-services
    Safe Havens
    Family Healing Center (Butler County)
    United Way of Cincinnati

    Not all may have locations near you and the costs do vary but get expensive.

    Good luck. Hope these help.

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  • Does a General Magistrate have jurisdiction over me?

    I have been a resident in Ohio since Sept. 2014 my ex filed for divorce June. 2015 I was sent a letter from a General Magistrate in Marion County FL saying I have to show up March 8th for divorce hearing saying she has jurisdiction over me, how is...

    Loretta’s Answer

    Counsel herein is correct. A party files where they have residency. As for jurisdiction over you it depends on the facts and your connections with Florida. You need to seek an immediate consultation with a Florida attorney in the county where the matter is pending. You should be able to do this by telephone. You will want to provide the attorney with a complete copy of Wife's filing and any and all court notices that you have received. Do not delay. If you do not properly assert your rights, the court will have jurisdiction and you will be bound by their rulings. Please get counsel immediately especially as it appears this has been pending for some time. It is never wise to delay these matters or ignore them, they only get worse and more complicated.

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  • How can i overturn a court commissioner's ruling because he did not ask about facts about the relationship i had with the father

    I am a single mother of two children. One who is 11 and one who is 5 months old. I lived in oh and moved to wi where after a year i ended up pregnant with my youngest son. The father wanted nothing to do with me or the pregnancy and even threatene...

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    Attorney King is correct. You need to contact counsel immediately and see about filing objections if the order was in Ohio. Do not delay these matters are time sensitive.

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  • What are Ohio abandonment laws?

    My son is 3, never married, I have sole custody by default. His dad is on the birth certificate, my son has his last name, and he pays child support. He has been in and out of his life a lot. He usually sees him once every 2 months but has not see...

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    You do not need to do anything until and unless Father files with the court. Abandonment will most likely not come into the picture. Even if Father does nothing for several years, the court may work to phase in a parenting schedule for he and his child. If you have additional questions and concerns it is best to schedule a consultation with local counsel. Review the child support order and discuss the parenting issues.

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  • How can i help my daughter during the time i file to the time we have court. I am afraid the child will try to runaway

    I currently have joint custody between the grandmother father and mother. Mother and father wants to file for emergency ex parte motion for custody. Mother and father believe that if they file just a custody motion that tge grandmother will take h...

    Loretta’s Answer

    I agree. You need to seek an immediate consultation on this matter. You will want to have with you copies of all prior filings and orders giving grandmother joint custody. You should be prepared to discuss your concerns. Most likely you will need to do as prior counsel advises and file an emergency motion which most likely require the child to speak to the hearing officer. Please get counsel, do not try this alone.

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  • On what grounds should I counter sue being that I was the stay at home parent supporting my wife in getting her career?

    My wife recently filed for divorce. I live in Florida and she lives in Ohio. We have been separated for 7 years. During the time we were living together I stayed home with the kids and worked part-time in the evening while she pursued her career. ...

    Loretta’s Answer

    You should seek an immediate consultation with an attorney that practices in the state and county where Wife filed. You should be able to arrange to do this by telephone so that you do not need to travel to Cincinnati. Do not delay in getting legal advice and representation. Since the action is filed the court will start scheduling various hearing dates. You could easily create problems for yourself by not having proper legal representation and trying to do this on your own. You should expect to pay for a consultation. For the consultation you should make available a complete copy of the complaint and documents filed with the court as well as the court's temporary orders on parenting and support. You should also provide any other documentation you have received from the court and or your Wife's attorney. Again, i cannot stress enough, do not delay in taking active measures to get counsel.

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  • How do I address a domestic court situation involving an error on their end that they refuse to acknowledge?

    I live in AZ and I am trying to handle a QDRO issue in Cuyahoga County Ohio Domestic Court. The courts never had my new AZ address or my ex-wife's TX address so I motioned for a change of address. I then motioned to hold the case in abeyance becau...

    Loretta’s Answer

    You need to seek a consultation with local counsel. You will need to take with you a copy of the Decree, any data or documentation regarding the QDRO, copies of the Motion that was filed with the court and the Magistrate's Decision. Counsel should be able to look at these with you and determine what your next step is and how to proceed to get this taken care of. Good Luck and please do get counsel.

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  • What are the proper steps to take to get a divorce with kids

    Me and my wife have been married for six years. and been separated for four. and I have decided that I want us to get an divorce we have four kids. and I had a child outside of our marriage

    Loretta’s Answer

    The first step is get a consultation with counsel. That will provide you information on the type of data, information and documentation that you will need to gather. You should also ask about parenting, child support and spousal support as possible issues. If you and your Wife are on fairly good terms and have reached an agreement on assets, debts and/or parenting, the attorney can prepare those agreements. Good Luck.

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