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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: Should an unwed mother file for sole custody as a preventative measure?

My friend and her boyfriend had a child (born in SC - just over a year old) and they have since broken up due to some domestic violence issues. He was arrested for possession of drugs and a weapon and is in jail waiting a trial date. My friend has moved back home to New York but has not been able... Read more »

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on Jun 29, 2022

No. The mother's better course is to do nothing. If the father petitions, then the fights begin. The mother should not start a confrontation when one is not needed.

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: Does 3 non consecutive weeks of vacation access for both parents mean 1 week time frames or 21 days as the parent wants

We have an agreement that states 3 non consecutive weeks. My ex-wife sees this as an opportunity to take 21 days as she sees fit. I have been instructed this is incorrect and am looking for further advice

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on Jun 29, 2022

We would need to see the order to determine exactly what the order says. If all it says is three non-consecutive weeks, then either parent can choose any three weeks, and conflicts resolution should be included in the order: priority in rotating years.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: My husband abandoned me seven years ago. II believe he is remarried. What should my course of action be?

I do not know where he resides. We do not own property together or have children.

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on Jun 28, 2022

The asker must file for divorce. In the worst case, the asker may die, and her husband will inherit an intestate share of her property assuming the asker does not have a will. Even if the asker had a will, the husband could get his elective share of the asker's property. Saying there is no... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: change of Venuer

I am disabled,live near acourthouse in the same NYS Unified Court system, different county, Dont drive 3hours of public transportation required NY subways mostly inaccesible

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on Jun 28, 2022

There is no question posed here. However, assuming the question has to do with how to change venue, the asker should retain counsel. The process involves filing a motion with the wrong court asking it to transfer the case to the correct court. Reasoning has to be "legal"; witnesses are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Family Law for New York on
Q: what are my options if custodial mother on public assistance doesn't wanna work
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on Jun 26, 2022

Poverty is no consideration when custody of a child is involved, and the young father must support his child under threat of jail. The mother is free to work or not work. However, if the mother goes on welfare – or what we know today as welfare after the Clinton administration – the department... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for New York on
Q: Is it illegal for my 5 year old son to be naked outside in New York State
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on Jun 16, 2022

There are three penal statutes that proscribe exposure of “intimate” parts of a person:

Exposure of a Person (Penal Law Section 245.01),

Public Lewdness (Penal Law Section 245.00), AND

Public Lewdness in the First Degree (Penal Law Section 245.03).

Exposure of a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support and Child Custody for New York on
Q: My ex wife has moved to a different state, before moving we agreed on a new visitation an was so ordered by the court.

Child support was also in the document we brought to court (we agreed to terminate support) which was notarized and signed by both parties. The court could only grant the visitation and was told we would need to petition the court for the child support case since it is a different department.... Read more »

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on Jun 7, 2022

The asker should retain counsel. In the family court world, each subject area carries its own petition: visitation/custody, support, abuse, neglect, guardianship and so on. When the parties conflate custody and support in one agreement, they severely limit their ability to submit and give respect... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Does a NYC Court acknowledges a marriage via a religious contract?

I got married via a religious contract 2 years ago. Due to covid, we never got married via a civil court process. 6 months after the wedding, I left my husband anf decided to move on because he was very abusive (physically and verbally) and was cheating on me. He's now threatening me that if I... Read more »

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on Jun 5, 2022

Religious marriages do not count as marriages unless the presiding minister/pastor/rabbi/imam is licensed by the state to marry people. Thus, if a rabbi/imam has the state licensure (as a judge or a clerk) to file marriage documents with the state, there is a valid civil marriage. Only civil... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for New York on
Q: I let my son read a petition filed against me in family court was I wrong in doing so?
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on May 30, 2022

The general idea is that no parent may share any court document with a minor. Courts consider this bad parenting and there can be sanctions awaiting the parent. However, such an act is but one factor for a court to consider when deciding an initial award of custody. Many courts don't know the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Alabama on
Q: I am a paternal grandmother who has helped raise my almost 5 year grandson. Can I get visitation. We are Super close.

The biological parents never married and my son doesnt help take care of child so I have been in his place. Mother now took child rom me. I want visitation. Can I get it. My grandson sees me at least half the month and is extremely bonded to me. I have cared for him since birth. Mother... Read more »

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on May 30, 2022

Family Court Act §651(b) has a procedure for grandparents to obtain an order of visitation first by proving exigency, and then proving best interests. That takes two hearings and really requires the help of an attorney.

The general policy throughout these United States is to limit child...
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1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for New York on
Q: Looking for medical malpractice attorney.

Hello

I'm trying to find a medical malpractice attorney that will represent me in a case I'm trying to pursue in NY.I had surgery on Oct 16 2019 and continued to see the same doctor up until Feb 25 2021 so it's going to be under the "continuous treatment" rule.I was... Read more »

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on May 26, 2022

It is highly unlikely this asker will find a med-mal attorney without first obtaining a medical report from an independent physician asserting to malpractice committed by the asker's doctor. The New York standard to prove a med-mal case is the asker's physician deviated or departed from... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for New York on
Q: I've been fighting in family court since 2007 my ex is 35,000.00 in arears I recently filed court papers

He refuses to pay the minimum which is 50$ a month I can not afford a private attorney and I make too much for. A public defense please help me

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on May 25, 2022

First and foremost, going into any court anywhere without an attorney is a fool’s errand. The American court system is highly constrained as we are a free people. However, a child support court is a court of policy – the support of kids as a response to the welfare problem. This narrow... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for New York on
Q: I've been fighting in family court with my ex since 2007 he is 35,000.00 in arears and he will not get a job on the book

Because then he will have to pay please help me

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on May 25, 2022

First and foremost, going into any court anywhere without an attorney is a fool’s errand. The American court system is highly constrained as we are a free people. However, a child support court is a court of policy – the support of kids as a response to the welfare problem. This narrow... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: When in the process is the non-monied spouse awarded support by the monied spouse for an attorney.

If the monied spouse files for divorce and the non-monied spouse has 20 days to respond do they have to request payment for their legal fees before they respond? Can a court appointed attorney help get both financial assets and custody of 2 children from 19 years of marriage?

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Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on May 26, 2022

Even though there is a statute that presumes a need for counsel fees for the non-moneyed spouse (Domestic Relations Law §237), judicial expertise is needed once the non-moneyed spouse makes a motion for fees. Many judges do not know they can award counsel fees, and many judges use the withholding... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Land Use & Zoning for New York on
Q: Hello. I live in a road that has a shared egress. What is a common road agreement for a shared road? How is it split?

There are 3 owners that live on the adjacent property. One is a farm with 28 acres, 9 homes and businesses. One is a restaurant with 2 acres. I own 1.9 acres and have 2 homes on my property. The farm with 9 homes and businesses has the most land and travels the whole length of the shared road. They... Read more »

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on May 17, 2022

The type of easement described here is a roadway easement for ingress and egress to another parcel of property. In this case, ingress refers to having the right to enter a property, while egress refers to the right to exit a property. An example of this type of easement is a shared roadway through... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for New York on
Q: Hi, how do I give a custody back to her father

I was given custody to her but, he can care for her now, so I want to give her back to her.

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on May 17, 2022

File a petition in family court and have the father served. Ask the judge to grant an order giving the father custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for New York on
Q: hi, my name is ivan, can the court decision from country Georgia be effective in New York on child visitation?

I am not married to my son's mother and I am not listed as a father on my son's childbirth certificate.

I filed in family court in NYC but she took the child overseas to Georgia Tbilisi.

because the pandemic wasn't going anywhere.

I came to Georgia Tbilisi... Read more »

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on May 3, 2022

The asker should file in New York. An eastern European proceeding will be challenged by the mother as having been created of fraud. That gives an American court an easy out not to enforce the foreign order and all the proceedings that led up to an order to include a paternity test.

The...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: What is the purpose of a Referee's report in a NY State divorce? Is Property Settlement based on referee's report?

In my NY State divorce there are 3 sentences that are in “Verified Complaint” signed by my ex-wife the plaintiff, The “Affidavit in lieu of testimony” “Action for Divorce” signed by my ex wife the plaintiff, and The “Referee’s report” findings of fact and conclusions of law,... Read more »

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on May 2, 2022

As is usual for a question to come from a convoluted proceeding like a New York divorce, there is a confusion taking place here that only a visit to a law office can unravel. We’ll try our best with what we have.

An uncontested divorce means both sides do not contest a distribution of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: I have a question that I’m hoping somebody can answer.

My fiancé wants to sign my sons birth certificate and we’re turning in the acknowledgment papers with his name on it his biological father my son‘s biological father has made it to where he said he wants no parental rights to my son he said when he tried to kill me that it felt good for my son... Read more »

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on May 1, 2022

The answer the asker wants to hear is that her fiance can sign the newborn's birth certificate, and such an answer is certainly possible. The government has no idea whose DNA is in the newborn, and the only record of who the father is can be found in the birth certificate which is always... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Estate Planning and Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: Ex husband died in Texas. Divorce was final in CT. Will I receive life insurance payout or will it be revoked?
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on May 1, 2022

There is too little information here to determine a answer. We would need to know whether the decedent cancelled his insurance policy or otherwise amended it to exclude the asker as a beneficiary. We also do not know what the divorce judgment says as to whether the decedent had to maintain an... Read more »

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