Questions Answered by John Arthur Smitten

Q: What paper works do i need to fillout for my stepson to stay with me

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

Answered on Jul 25, 2014

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Petition for custody by a relative. Use of a lawyer is recommended in this case.

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Q: Is it true that if a mother has no job, that she does not have to pay child support in florida?

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

Answered on Jul 25, 2014

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not true. Everybody pays. Use of a lawyer is recommended in this case.

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Q: How long does a changing a minor's last name take if both parents consent to the name change?

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

Answered on Jul 25, 2014

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courts are slow so 60 days. Use of a lawyer is recommended in this case.

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Q: How long does a child have to resided in a home in Florida in order to gain temporary guardianship?

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

Answered on Jul 25, 2014

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At least 14 days then you can apply for a court order. Use of a lawyer is recommended in this case.

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Q: My son is 2 . His father denies him & has never seen him in the 2 yrs. I need help but do not trust him with visitation.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jul 23, 2014

Answered on Jul 24, 2014

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He will get standard visitation unless you prove he should have supervised visits. Use of a lawyer is recommended in this case.

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Q: Can I take my children and move within the state without my husband's permission?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jul 23, 2014

Answered on Jul 24, 2014

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You have to get a court order to relocate. Use of a lawyer is recommended in this case.

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Q: If my ex is behind on child support, they file taxes and get a refund, will I get back child support first.

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

Answered on Jul 23, 2014

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You should get the IRS tax intercept, yes. Use of a lawyer is recommended in your case.

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Q: My daughter is in the middle of a divorce.

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

Answered on Jul 23, 2014

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The business is a marital asset and needs to be valuated and divided. Use of a lawyer is recommended in your case.

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Q: I'm engaged,need to move out of state with 11 yr old. I'm the custodial parent. Father has arrears & perm restrain order

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

Answered on Jul 23, 2014

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You have to get a court order to move. Use of a lawyer is recommended in your case.

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Q: My wife filed for dissolution of marriage and I received noticed, what do I do now?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Florida on Jul 19, 2014

Answered on Jul 23, 2014

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You need to hire a lawyer or at least consult with one asap.

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Q: Her financed vehicle is actually in my name. I am listed as the "buyer" and she's the cobuyer. Is it mine?

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

Answered on Jul 23, 2014

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They are both 50/50 each party. You should hire a lawyer to represent you.

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Q: I was granted temp cust 4 years ago of my son, his mother has only visitd 8 times, can I strip her rights

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jul 15, 2014

Answered on Jul 16, 2014

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yes, you have to file a petition for termination of parental rights. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: I just found out I have a child by another woman, and that woman give that child to someone else. What can I do

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

Answered on Jul 16, 2014

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You have to file a court case to assert your parental rights asap. Use of a lawyer is recommended.

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Q: Ex has a support order for our 2 sons, he has previous cases against him for 5 other children & they get more, why?

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

Answered on Jul 16, 2014

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Nothing you can do. The court is not repeat not going to open all the other cases, you are last in line you get the least.

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Q: How to get child support changed? My grandson lives with his father but state is collecting child support from him.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jul 11, 2014

Answered on Jul 13, 2014

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You have to petition the court to change the Order, Use of a lawyer is recommended in your case.

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Q: Hi iam needing some answers ..i already get child support from my 2 boys father we are not married and he sees them once

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jul 11, 2014

Answered on Jul 13, 2014

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You have to petition the Court to relocate to Brazil and get a Court Order. Use of a lawyer is recommended in your case.

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Q: is there a way i can regain shared custody if my ex has had temporary custody for 4 years

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jul 11, 2014

Answered on Jul 13, 2014

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Yes. You have to petition the court. Use of a lawyer is recommended in your case.

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Q: My child was removed from his mother by cps and placed with me. How can I get child support stopped?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jul 9, 2014

Answered on Jul 10, 2014

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You have to petition the court and get an order. Use of a lawyer is recommended in your case.

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Q: Do I still have to pay child support if they are over 18 and NOT staying with there mother

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jul 9, 2014

Answered on Jul 10, 2014

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You have to go to court and get an order that orders support for just the one child, and payback towards the arrears for the other two. Use of a lawyer is recommended in your case.

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