Family Law Questions & Answers

Q: Can u cash a trustee check if u are the guardian of the minor

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on Jan 29, 2015

Answered on Jan 31, 2015

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Evan M. Koslow's answer
depends on what the documents regarding guardianship says and if you have guardian over the minor's financial (instead of just his/her person). More information is needed to fully answer.

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Q: last name change of new born. father not stated on vital records, other parent not known, how do i do that

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on Jan 23, 2015

Answered on Jan 31, 2015

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Evan M. Koslow's answer
Congratulation! You would have to file a Request for name change, post a publication of the request, then have a hearing as to why it is in your child's best interest to have his name changed.

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Q: I have sole physical custody of my 16 year old son. His paternal grandmother wants custody of him. Can she get it?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on Jan 22, 2015

Answered on Jan 31, 2015

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Evan M. Koslow's answer
Its a hard burden for the grandmother to prove to be successful, but if she is able to prove that both you and the father are either unfit or exceptional circumstances arise, then it is possible, if the court believes it is in the child's best interest to be with her. However, if she cannot prove either unfitness or exceptional circumstance the court will not even consider what is in the child's best interest.

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Q: can child support be modified early if my 18 year wants to live with me, her father, since she's still in high school?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on Jan 20, 2015

Answered on Jan 31, 2015

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Evan M. Koslow's answer
It can be. You should file immediately. Retroactive child support cannot be granted (if at all) prior to the date of filing

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Q: I live maryland and my daughter lives in washington dc where do I file for custody for my child

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Maryland on Jan 19, 2015

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Evan M. Koslow's answer
If your daughter has lived in DC for more than 6 months, then DC.

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Q: Child support is supposed to be 2000 per month he never modified to reduce and is only paying 700 for past 5 years?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 29, 2015

Answered on Jan 31, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You have to bring forth a motion for contempt and have a hearing. The judge will determine the amount of the arrearage and set a monthly payment on it.

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Q: Father owes 3200 for back date cs only paid 150 when they r 500 mth what to do

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 29, 2015

Answered on Jan 31, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You need to hire an attorney to bring a motion for contempt and have a hearing.

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Q: I want retroactive cs, but there is an order in place from another state. Can I get this once the order is modified?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 29, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
If there has been a substantial change in circumstances, you might get retroactive back to the date that you filed for the modification.

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Q: Why does child support have nothing to do with family support

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 29, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
What are you really asking here? Child support is support for children, and is family support.

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Q: I have been separated since. Nov he moved the 3 of our. Children to fl I want to see them can he take the 4 and keep her

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 30, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You need to go see a family attorney in GA soon, before FL becomes the home state of the children, which would occur 6 months after the move here.

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Q: What can I do if the child support I'm supposed to be paid is not paid on the day that it is due?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on Jan 29, 2015

Answered on Jan 30, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
Yes, you can file for a child support contempt action to force the other party to pay the child support or the other party may face jail time for failure to comply with the court's order.

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Q: My child's mother moved to Florida from GA and I need to get him legitimized. Do I file here in Georgia or in Florida.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on Jan 29, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
If there is a court order in Georgia that you pay child support, then the child is probably already legitimated. If you want to modify the court order due to the significant change in circumstances of her moving, then you can either file where she resides or your can use the long arm statute to bring her back to Georgia. In either case, jurisdiction is one of the most important issue in a case and if you do not do this properly you have wasted valuable time, energy and money so you should...

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Q: how do i get custody back of my son when he has been living in another state with his father for 3 years

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 28, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You have to go see a family lawyer in a situation like this.

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Q: If I want to pay my back child support in one lump sum, is there any stipulation of the kind of currency used?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 29, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
A stipulation is an agreement between parties in a contested matter. So, you have asked the wrong question. The kind of currency? What do you mean? It should be paid in US dollars.

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Q: Do I have to go to court to get a modification because my kids father will not get them? Or should I not worry about it?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 29, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
More facts are needed, as is so often a response because people just do not give enough facts on a forum like this. The best thing to do is to go see a family attorney for a full discussion, which really cannot take place on a forum like this.

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Q: Can i change my child's address without her other parents permission?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on Jan 29, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
I need more facts to answer this. If it is a move of over 50 miles, yes.

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