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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Domestic Violence for District of Columbia on
Q: Can a judge order an abuser to pay a petitioner's legal fees, as well as pay rent, as part of a civil protection order?

My friend T.L. (anonymous) was physically and verbally assaulted by her boyfriend. She had the cops remove him from her apartment (he was not on the lease in the first place) after she called to say that she felt unsafe around him. She is interested in filing a protective order, but wants to know... Read more »

Sean R Hanover
Sean R Hanover
answered on Nov 18, 2016

Great question! So, when you file in DC for a protective order, you ask what relief you are seeking. When you go to Court, the judge will complete (or you will settle with the opposing side) an order regarding your motion for a protective order. A section on that "order" includes... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for District of Columbia on
Q: If a child was pushed to direct them in the room in which they were asked to to their chores

If a child was pushed to direct them in the room in which they were asked to do their chores and they slipped and hit their face on the carpet and it caused a rug burn not meaning for any of it to happen or cause injury or harm can a parent be charged for assault on a child or possibly lose custody... Read more »

Sean R Hanover
Sean R Hanover
answered on Sep 14, 2016

I would recommend contacting us at your earliest convenience. This matter is serious. In response to your question -- yes, you can be charged with assault. Assault is the unwanted touching (or imminent threat of touching) of another without privilege and without consent. DC Code 22-404(a)... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Can I ignore all phone calls from my childs father while filing for custody?

I have a court hearing in october but do not want him around until then.

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill
answered on Aug 20, 2014

Under normal circumstances, if he is trying to talk with his child, you may not look good in the judge's eyes if you prevent that communication. The judge looks at what is in the best interest of the child. However, your circumstances may not be normal. Talk with local counsel to determine... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for District of Columbia on
Q: Can my ex husband cut child support in half when our son is spending time with him for the month in summer?

State of Georgia divorce decree but live in Washington, DC.

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill
answered on Aug 20, 2014

I am licensed in DC and Georgia.

In either jurisdiction, unless the order allows your ex to decrease child support during the summer, he must comply with the order. If he fails to pay child support when due, file a petition for contempt.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for District of Columbia on
Q: I am being sued for child support; however, I am already paying child support for other children. My income is the same.
Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill
answered on Jul 27, 2013

The fact that you are already paying child support for other children will be taken into consideration by the court in the current case.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for District of Columbia on
Q: How can i look up my daughter's father affadavit from court?
Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill
answered on Mar 11, 2012

In DC, you can go the Clerk's office (Family Law) and request the case file. If you are a party in the matter, there shouldn't be a problem obtaining the affidavit. The family law clerk is on the ground level of the courthouse.

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