You can do that yes. Most attorneys also have contacts with private process servers to serve papers which isn't as "shocking" as having a sheriff show up. Private process servers often cost the same as a sheriff ($40 +/-)
Not true. If the child is 18 and still enrolled in school, then yes, but once the child turns 19 your obligation stops. HOWEVER, if you have a court order to pay, it does not stop automatically, you should file a motion to terminate child support based on the fact that she is 19. If you have an...Read more »
This is the link for the brochure on how to expunge records. You can also hire a lawyer to do it for you. More often than not, it's just filling out paperwork and filing it with the court agencies....Read more »
If a Judge didn't sign an Order, then you don't have an Order at all. If you signed an agreement with your ex, then whatever the agreement states, is what you need to abide by unless you file to strike the agreement. If you don't abide by it or even if he doesn't abide it, one...Read more »
If the Judge ruled on the record then that ruling is an Order. However, your question is very vague. The ruling could've been only a ruling on a certain issue which means that all other orders are still valid regarding other issues. Your question is lacking too much information to truly tell...Read more »
I’ve had full legal and physical custody of my son always. His bio father never met him, never contributed anything. He was a drug user and a criminal and he scammed me. It’s been almost 5 years with no contact. My fiancé is the only dad my son has ever known. My ex is vindictive and violent... Read more »
Were scheduled for a default hearing for custody, visitation and support for my child. We had a private processing server serve him but he didn’t respond in the time frame (30 days). An order of default was granted and a default hearing is scheduled, what should I expect at this hearing.What... Read more »
Typically, an Order of Default is granted in these types of scenarios but also the other parent may show up for the hearing, even though the other parent didn't file an Answer. Regardless, testimony will be taken a the hearing and the Judge will make a ruling based on the testimony and evidence.
Our relationship isn’t healthy and my daughter isn’t close with him. I have proof of him leaving her in the dark for 30 minutes when I went to work. He cheats on me and for the first 4 months of when our youngest was born, he wasn’t there at all. CPS came and did an investigation and told me... Read more »
It's probably prudent to file for custody prior to moving. However, without a custody agreement, you are free to move anywhere. The risk that you run if you move with your daughter is your husband filing for custody and then you'll have to return to MD to defend the suit. You said that...Read more »
I was a virgin at the time of conception, so paternity is not in question. My ex stopped communicating as soon as he learned I was pregnant, so I am hoping the courts can hold him accountable as soon as possible.
Paternity is never irrelevant. The father can always ask for a paternity test when the child is born. He can also just sign the Affidavit of Parentage which legally recognizes him as the father. You cannot get child support until the child is born and you cannot start the process for child...Read more »
I am originally from Maryland and I just moved back 2 months ago with my child after living in another state for a few years. My spouse and I agreed to separate/divorce by mutual consent after I moved back. I am reading that I must be a resident of the state for 6 months prior to filing. However... Read more »
If the ground for divorce occurred in Maryland, you need only be currently living in Maryland at the time you file for divorce. Where the grounds for divorce occurred outside Maryland, you or your spouse must have lived in Maryland for at least six months before filing your divorce complaint.
It may affect your payments but it depends upon what your Court Order states. Additionally, your ex would have to file to modify the payments and then the Court would hold a hearing to determine the accurate amount based upon the calculations.
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