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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: What happens during court for visitation/custody after a mental health evaluation has been done.

My ex husband has a crack and alcohol addiction. He has been several times in the psych ward and the judge order a mental health evaluation. Both my daughters lawyer and my lawyer are requesting for an order of protection for my baby. What is the process? Will he get visitation rights and joint... Read more »

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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jul 16, 2021

There is no way to answer this question at this time. Before anything can be decided, everyone will need to see the results of the mental health evaluation. Once that is read, then you can see where the case is going. Based upon what you have indicated, it is highly unlikely that there will be... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Domestic Violence for New York on
Q: My son keeps vomiting and diarrhea after his court order visits with his dad. I think he’s giving him contaminated food

His father says he feeding him what he gives the other kids in the house. Then the father also says it didn’t happen with him. The vomiting and diarrhea has happened multiple times after the visits. What do I do?

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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jul 15, 2021

It sounds as if your child is nervous or anxious about something. After taking his to the doctor to be sure, you should get him into therapy to help your child with their nervousness.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Child Support and International Law for New York on
Q: What are the legal ramifications if I don't assist my Chinese ex-wife in renewing our daughter's U.S. passport abroad?

My ex-wife, a Chinese citizen, wants to renew my daughter's U.S. passport in China. My daughter isn't a Chinese citizen, she's an American citizen, but is living there under a visa in my ex-wife's name. In order to renew the passport, she needs my help because I'm an... Read more »

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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jul 11, 2021

There are no ramifications except that your wife will tell your daughter of your refusal

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4 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: Hi - If I have residency FL but own property with husband in MA and now live in NY as he abandoned me - where divorce?

He is a German/US citizen and receives pension and SS both countries and has left me with no money, car, support, etc.

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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jul 11, 2021

As noted by both the attorneys who answered your question you have to live in NY for a minimum of a year. However, you can immediately go to family court and bring a spousal support proceeding based upon your current residence.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: Do I have to pay for dental care I provided as per my divorce agreement after I retire?

My divorce agreement states I will provide dental care to my ex and the child. I have done so for 40 years, and also to her new husband, their daughter, and now her husband. Now she wants me to pay for her care since I am retired. The agreement only states I will provide dental care for her and the... Read more »

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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jul 7, 2021

The answer depends on your agreement. Usually, there is a cut off time for most coverage. For children the cut off is usually the age of 21 or graduation from college. For a spouse, there is usually a time limit (i.e. 20 years, or retirement, etc.). You should review your agreement to see what... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: I was wondering what the next step would be when my sons mother denies vacation time for my son and I?

My ex and I have a joint custody agreement in NY state. We are both given two non consecutive weeks vacation time we just have to inform the other 45 days prior. I let her know I wanted to take him to Disney World more than 45 days notice. I have a recording of her saying okay. She recently told me... Read more »

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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jul 6, 2021

The only thing you can do is bring on an Order to Show Cause in Family Court to see who has priority in deciding the time. If there is no priority, you have have a better claim if you gave your dates first. What you should do is take yoor Judgment and any divorce agreement to an attorney and go... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for New York on
Q: Can only see my son in therapy but but he refuses it. I’m going 6-12months without seeing him, I shoudnt pay support?
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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jun 29, 2021

It is most unfortunate what is going on. In regard to child support, you can bring on a petition to terminate or suspend support however the reason that your son refuses to see you must be one that is not your fault. If you did something that caused his behavior your child support will not be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for New York on
Q: My spouse refuses to abide by our divorce agreement and pay for what he agreed to pay, what court or recourse do I have.
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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jun 16, 2021

You can file a violation of support petition in Family Court for spousal and child support or you can file a motion for contempt in Supreme Court.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Appeals / Appellate Law for New York on
Q: Why would they not inform the family about his intentions to try to appeal his sentence?

I am daughter am entitled to know of his actions. Yet, no one informed me.

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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jun 14, 2021

Notices of appeal are served on the attorneys on a case. It is up to the attorneys that represent parties to notify their clients. In a criminal case, you are not a party so you would not get notice.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: Is there pro bono or reduced rates for inmates filing for divorce. I am a federal prisoner home release in New York.
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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jun 7, 2021

You can contact the local bar association for recommendations to reduced fee attorneys or a list of pro bono providers in your area. If there is an issue of custody or visitation, you can file and serve a summons and then file an RJI (request for judicial intervention) and ask the court to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Federal Crimes for New York on
Q: In family court if perjury has easily been proven, can the defendant request it to be taken to criminal court?
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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jun 7, 2021

It can be referred to the DA by the Family court judge but is almost never done.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for New York on
Q: My ex wants downward modification on child support- feels too much is being taken from his unemployment benefit.

My ex and I have been going back and forth to court in NYS for over 8 years. Last year, a magistrate ordered a 750$ monthly obligation and awarded me 14K in arrears due to non-payment. My ex was found in violation for chronic non-payment of a previous support order, and I was also issued a 5K money... Read more »

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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jun 1, 2021

That he feels that $800 a moth is too much is not a basis for a modification. Additionally, you can point out that at least part of that is payments for arrears and that cannot be changed.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: Is it possible for an incarcerated father to get court ordered visitation? No paternity has been established

It’s not safe to bring my 1 year old to a jail with the virus going on. He’s threatening to take me to court if I don’t bring my child there.

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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jun 1, 2021

It is possible to get visitation in a prison. However, your first problem is to establish paternity. Without paternity being established the courts will not order any type of visitation or contact.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: I had a Pende lite with an Order to Show Cause granted by the Supreme Court Judge overseeing my divorce.

The court date the Judge gave is July 12. One of the emergency conditions was having my husband pay my legal fees. The others were Temporary Maintenance for me and my son. I am in a terrible position as a was never granted any form of financial relief or any other assistance from the old judge and... Read more »

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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on May 27, 2021

It sounds as if a motion for pendete lite relief was filed. What that means is that you are asking for all of those things but they have not yet been granted. Unfortunately, the courts are still working on limited schedules due to the pandemic so you will have to wait until July to see what... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Education Law for New York on
Q: I live in NYS and have just bought a house w my bf in a great school district, in a safe neighborhood. His ex wife lives

25 min from us, and demands that he goes to school where she lives. She lives in a high crime area and very low standard school district. We split 50/50 custody. We would like to have their son go to school where we live, where a parent is home 24/7, so no daycare is needed before or after school.... Read more »

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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on May 27, 2021

It is difficult to answer the question without seeing any agreements the parties signed as part of their divorce and the judgment of divorce. However all things being equal, if the matter was brought before a court, there is a good chance that the court would allow the child to go to school in... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for New York on
Q: Do I have to send my daughter to my ex’s house if he isn’t her biological father?

He has been in her life since she was 10 months old, she’s 11 now. He left us, and she started asking if she had to go as she doesn’t want to.

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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on May 14, 2021

If there is no court order for visitation then the answer is no.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: My wife and I are splitting up. She says she's throwing me out, I say I was leaving.

I am staying with my parents. Can I go rent my own apartment? Can I remove my own personal property from our apartment to take to my new place? Things that were mine before we were married?

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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on May 13, 2021

You may remove whatever you want but just be aware that if your wife calls the police they will tell you that you have to leave it and work out who gets what in the divorce.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: Is PR considered the home state if I’ve been living in NY for 14 months and my wife and kids just moved to FL 2/17/21?

If I can get the divorce dismissed for lack of jurisdiction in Florida. Can I file for divorce in Puerto Rico?

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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on May 11, 2021

Home state refers to the last state where the children lived last for 6 months. As the children moved to FL in Feb. that is not the home state if they lived in PR for the previous 6 months. However, if neither of you live in PR then FL will be considered as the home state.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: Hi. I divorced 10 yrs ago. No mention of Qdro in my paper work. Can I do this if not in my divorce documents?
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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on May 6, 2021

If there is a provision in the Judgment or your stipulation if you have one that says the retirement account(s) would be split then you can have a QDRO done. If there is no mention of sharing the retirement account(s) then the answer is no.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for New York on
Q: I am the custodial parent and my son lives with dad 2 nights one week and three the other.

He thinks he is entitled to claim our son; he works OT every week half on books half off. He claimed him this year and screwed me. He doesn’t even dress him in clothes that fit him. He also doesn’t think dinner visits are acceptable as in order and rather than listen to him complain I gave in... Read more »

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Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Apr 22, 2021

Under IRS rules, the custodial parent is the one that claims the child. This may be changed if you sign the appropriate IRS form releasing the exemption or there is a written agreement between the two of you that says he gets to claim the child.

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