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Q: My ex filed child support in the state of FL but the child is now in my care. Do I still pay CS or can it get dropped?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Nov 21, 2014

Answered on Nov 25, 2014

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You have to file for change of custody asap.

Use of a lawyer is recommended

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

727-799-3900 ph

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Q: I pay child support for my two girls, and I would like now to get full custody.What is the 1st step I should take?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Nov 21, 2014

Answered on Nov 25, 2014

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You have to file a petition the court for full custody.

Use of a lawyer is recommended

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

727-799-3900 ph

727-490-4944 fax

jsmitten@clnwlaw.com

www.careyandleisure.com

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Q: how can i prevent my childs mother moving out of state?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Nov 22, 2014

Answered on Nov 25, 2014

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You have to go to court and enforce your rights and get an order.

Use of a lawyer is recommended

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

727-799-3900 ph

727-490-4944 fax

jsmitten@clnwlaw.com

www.careyandleisure.com

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Q: I have been paying child support for my daughter (17) even though she move out and she's leaving nowwith her boyfriend

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Nov 22, 2014

Answered on Nov 25, 2014

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You have to go to court to get the order stopped if the child is living on her own.

Use of a lawyer is recommended

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

727-799-3900 ph

727-490-4944 fax

jsmitten@clnwlaw.com

www.careyandleisure.com

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Q: What can i do to prevent my daughter and her mother feom moving out of state?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Nov 22, 2014

Answered on Nov 25, 2014

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You have to go to court and get an order enforcing your rights asap.

Use of a lawyer is recommended

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

727-799-3900 ph

727-490-4944 fax

jsmitten@clnwlaw.com

www.careyandleisure.com

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Q: I have been divorced for almost 6 years. During our divorce no custody or child support order was made by the court.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Nov 24, 2014

Answered on Nov 25, 2014

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You are entitled to visitation, so when you reside here then file your case to enforce your rights. Use of a lawyer is recommended

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

727-799-3900 ph

727-490-4944 fax

jsmitten@clnwlaw.com

www.careyandleisure.com

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Q: I was in a work auto related accident and months afterDue to her infidelity i am perusing divorce.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Florida on Nov 22, 2014

Answered on Nov 25, 2014

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If the check is written to 2 persons then yes you have to get her endorsement.

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John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

727-799-3900 ph

727-490-4944 fax

jsmitten@clnwlaw.com

www.careyandleisure.com

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Q: I recently relocated from NY to Florida.. my husband still lives in NY..do I file for divorce in Florida or NY?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Florida on Nov 24, 2014

Answered on Nov 25, 2014

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You can file the case either in NY or Florida.

Use of a lawyer is recommended

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

727-799-3900 ph

727-490-4944 fax

jsmitten@clnwlaw.com

www.careyandleisure.com

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Q: Can my wife get a loan without my consent? And if yes what can i do about it?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Nov 20, 2014

Answered on Nov 22, 2014

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If the loan is in her name then yes she can do that. She is not permitted to take out a loan in your name.

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Q: Mother in veg. State, sister is 10 years old living with our stepdad. Before incident, my sister's last name was changed

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Nov 21, 2014

Answered on Nov 22, 2014

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go for custody. Use of a lawyer is recommended

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

727-799-3900 ph

727-490-4944 fax

jsmitten@clnwlaw.com

www.careyandleisure.com

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Q: how does father serve filed custody/paternity papers out of state, to mother of child?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Nov 21, 2014

Answered on Nov 22, 2014

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Hire an out of state process server.

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John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

727-799-3900 ph

727-490-4944 fax

jsmitten@clnwlaw.com

www.careyandleisure.com

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Q: My wife and I live in Florida and she took my 2 year old daughter to Utah and threatening she will not return. Options?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Nov 19, 2014

Answered on Nov 21, 2014

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You need to file your case in FL for custody and return of the child asap. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: Does my daughters mother have the right to move out of state with my child, without my consent?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Nov 20, 2014

Answered on Nov 21, 2014

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If not married to her and no court orders in place then yes she can move. You better act fast. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: Can I leave Fl with my 9 year old?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Nov 20, 2014

Answered on Nov 21, 2014

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You have to get his written permission or a court order. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: i have a 4 year old son he has never met his father but he well aware. can i get child support without visitation & righ

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Nov 17, 2014

Answered on Nov 18, 2014

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you can petition just for child support, yes. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: Where should I file for divorce?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Nov 17, 2014

Answered on Nov 18, 2014

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you can file in HI or FL. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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