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Q: Is it ok to open a checking account with someone who isn't my husband while going through a divorce

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

Answered on Sep 20, 2014

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Not a good idea. Wait.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John Smitten, Esquire

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622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

jsmitten@clnwlaw.com

ph: 727-799-3900

ph: 1-800-927-0400

fax: 727-490-4944

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Q: My wife left 5 months ago leaving me with all the bills do I have any recourse

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

Answered on Sep 20, 2014

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Yes she owes half, file for divorce.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

jsmitten@clnwlaw.com

ph: 727-799-3900

ph: 1-800-927-0400

fax: 727-490-4944

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Q: I'm single mother having problems with childs father establishing when he can pick up child not just show up

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

Answered on Sep 20, 2014

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You have to get a court order that establishes your parental rights.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

jsmitten@clnwlaw.com

ph: 727-799-3900

ph: 1-800-927-0400

fax: 727-490-4944

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Q: Can I open another case in FL if one is already open in GA?

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

Answered on Sep 20, 2014

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no. you have to get the other case dismissed first.

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Q: My daugher i s 16 years and a 7 week old baby. she lives with me now in florida

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

Answered on Sep 20, 2014

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You have to set up a guardianship for your daughter (and the grand-daughter)

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

jsmitten@clnwlaw.com

ph: 727-799-3900

ph: 1-800-927-0400

fax: 727-490-4944

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Q: my friend is in prision and is giving up parental rights without a fight .can he have is back child support erased

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

Answered on Sep 20, 2014

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Yes but you have to make sure it is reduced to writing and signed by the court.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

jsmitten@clnwlaw.com

ph: 727-799-3900

ph: 1-800-927-0400

fax: 727-490-4944

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Q: I have 2 boys ages 16 and 14 what is the percent of child support would I have to pay by Florida Laws

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

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Child support is based upon FL child support guidelines.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John Smitten, Esquire

Carey and Leisure

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

jsmitten@clnwlaw.com

ph: 727-799-3900

ph: 1-800-927-0400

fax: 727-490-4944

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Q: Do I still have to pay child support if my son was adopted by his step father? My son lives in Georgia and I live in Fl

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Sep 18, 2014

Answered on Sep 19, 2014

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you have to file a motion with the court to stop the garnishment. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: Will being out of work reduce the time I get in time sharing?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Sep 18, 2014

Answered on Sep 19, 2014

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If you are out of work you are still entitled to time sharing. File a motion for contempt if she is jerking you around. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: If I'm taken off of child support will the arrest warrant then be removed?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Sep 18, 2014

Answered on Sep 19, 2014

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no. You still have to resolve the warrant with the sheriff. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: what can i do to be part of my son life his mom wont let me see him how do I go about this. Im new to this please help

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

Answered on Sep 17, 2014

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You have to file a petition to enforce your parental rights. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: My ex wife changed my kids last name to her new husband and I never gave consent, how do I fix this situation..plz?

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

Answered on Sep 17, 2014

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file a motion to vacate the name change order. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: My daughters father and I were never married. No custody agreement. Can I move out of state?

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

Answered on Sep 17, 2014

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Yes but you should get a custody order anyway. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: father has been working under the table for months, how can i prove this in the contempt hearing?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Sep 16, 2014

Answered on Sep 17, 2014

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Get him under surveillance, also you should have the matter referred to the state attorney for prosecution as a crime. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: I am UK citizen and mother of the child, the child is also UK citizen, The father is US citizen.Can we apply for support

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Sep 16, 2014

Answered on Sep 17, 2014

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Yes if he lives here you can file in FL. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: If my parental rights we're taking from me and my kids were adopted do I still have to pay child suppoy

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Sep 16, 2014

Answered on Sep 17, 2014

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no this should have been zeroed out. If not then file a motion to zero out the arrears. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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