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Q: Is there a way to keep my sons father from having his girlfriend over when our son is there?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 25, 2015

Answered on Jan 27, 2015

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You have to prove to the court that she is a danger around your kids, then maybe you can get the judge to grant your request.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

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Q: When your trying to get cs and the web site says that your case was sent to the child support attorney, what dose it mea

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 25, 2015

Answered on Jan 27, 2015

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That means the Department of Revenue has your case.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

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Q: If the mother of my child files for child support years from now will I have to pay back-pay for the years?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 25, 2015

Answered on Jan 27, 2015

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No, the furthest she can go back is 2 years prior to the date of filing for support with the court.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

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Q: I gave voluntary temporary guardianship of my minor daughter to my father and step mother who live in wv.i reside in fl.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 25, 2015

Answered on Jan 27, 2015

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You have to revoke the voluntary guardianship and get a court order giving the child back to you.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

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Q: if I get full custody of my child, does her father pay child support?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 26, 2015

Answered on Jan 27, 2015

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Yes.

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John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

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Q: Im currently unemployed and trying to file a divorce myself, we have a son together, what documents do I need for this

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Florida on Jan 26, 2015

Answered on Jan 27, 2015

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You can get the full packet from the clerk or use a lawyer.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

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Q: Divorce location and information.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Florida on Jan 21, 2015

Answered on Jan 27, 2015

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You can run a search with the clerks offices in Florida.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

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Q: My son's dad is telling me hes signing his rights over so he doesn't have to pay child support ..can he do that ?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 19, 2015

Answered on Jan 21, 2015

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No way would a judge sign off on that unless there was an adoption involved.

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Q: My Daughter is 2, her mom and I lived together until 6 months ago. She applied for Assistance, now I owe back CS.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 20, 2015

Answered on Jan 21, 2015

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You have to file a motion for credits against the child support arrears.

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Q: What happens if mother and child move to a different address that what is says in the Order Granting Relocation

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 16, 2015

Answered on Jan 18, 2015

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If its a long distance plan any way then then should not be a problem unless the other side moves outside the continental USA.

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Q: Is 50/50 custody the norm in broward county fl? Ex wants 50/50 and has little to no involvement in her life

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 17, 2015

Answered on Jan 18, 2015

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If he is not involved in the child's life then he has zero chance of getting 50/50.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

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Q: if custody and child support has changed since original divorce does tax deduction rotation still apply?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 17, 2015

Answered on Jan 18, 2015

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Unless there is a specific order that supersedes the last order then it is still in place.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

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Q: My ex is using drugs again. How do I get sole custody and/or modify time sharing. Can court order drug testing

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on Jan 14, 2015

Answered on Jan 16, 2015

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You have to petition the Court for sole custody.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

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Q: I was married for 2 year my husband abandoned on the second day am in Miami can I get a quick divorce can't locate him9

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Florida on Jan 14, 2015

Answered on Jan 16, 2015

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Yes, you have to hire a layer to get it done quicker.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

www.careyandleisure.com

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Q: when my child go to college and stay at the campground .do I need to pay child support

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 12, 2015

Answered on Jan 13, 2015

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Child support ends when the child turns 18.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

www.careyandleisure.com

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Q: I am in the state of Florida. I was wondering if I was able to sign my rights over to my mother for my son?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 12, 2015

Answered on Jan 13, 2015

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Yes you can do that, the judge has to approve.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

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Q: My wife is currently 8 months pregnant and I have half time visitation with my two children from a previous marriage.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 12, 2015

Answered on Jan 13, 2015

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She cannot do that.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

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Q: Child Support Modification

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 12, 2015

Answered on Jan 13, 2015

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Yes, you have to apply for it. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: I am an unmarried biological father whose name is on my son's birth certificate. His mother disappeared over 4 years ago

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 12, 2015

Answered on Jan 13, 2015

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You have to find her. Hire an investigator service to do this. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: the mother of my child put me on child support I'm not behind and she move out of the state how do I get joint custody

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on Jan 11, 2015

Answered on Jan 14, 2015

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You have to file a petition with the court asking for joint custody.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

www.careyandleisure.com

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