Questions Answered by John Arthur Smitten

Q: My grandchildren were abused by their parents during an unsupervised visit.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Florida on
Answered on Aug 24, 2016

No. Call Child Protection (the police)
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Q: I want to get divorce we have been separated for 6 months we have agreed on everything can my divorce be fast? I can't

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Florida on
Answered on Aug 24, 2016

Contact the local clerk to get the forms packet.
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Q: My husband and I are separated and he lives in another state. What state do we file for divorce in?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Florida on
Answered on Aug 24, 2016

Eithe one. You can file in FL. You should hire a lawyer to handle the case.
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Q: Can a person file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy based on a Judges sanction from a divorce case?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Divorce for Florida on
Answered on Aug 24, 2016

You can always file bankruptcy, that is your right. You should hire a lawyer to handle the case.
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Q: Husband wants to buy a condo in FLA using money from our joint account but doesn't want my name on the deed. Possible?

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Real Estate Law for Florida on
Answered on Aug 24, 2016

Yes he can do that but you have to sign certain documents at the closing.
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Q: What will a audit on child support find ? I requested one this week

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Aug 20, 2016

An Audit should show the assessments and payments and if they were done correctly.
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Q: I want to file for divorce from my husband who was deported. What step do I take 1st?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Florida on
Answered on Aug 20, 2016

You should hire a lawyer to represent you in the case.
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Q: How do I dis-establish paternity in the state of Florida?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Aug 20, 2016

You should hire a lawyer to represent you in the case.
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Q: Family law halfway threw establishing paternity she says hes not mine

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Aug 20, 2016

Get a judge to Order DNA. You should hire a lawyer to represent you in the case.
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Q: I left my son with his grandmother and she's now saying I abandoned him. no court case yet, can i go get him?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Aug 20, 2016

Grandparents have zero rights so you can certainly go get the child. You may need police assistance or a court order. You should hire a lawyer to represent you in the case.
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Q: My daughters grandparents have had guardianship of her and I am wondering the process of ending the guardianship.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Aug 20, 2016

You have to file a petition for termination of the guardianship. You should hire a lawyer to represent you in the case.
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Q: What are the chances of my sons father getting custody when we were never married and I have raised my son all his life?

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Aug 20, 2016

Not likely he will be successful. You should hire a lawyer to represent you in the case.
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Q: Is it easier for a father to win a custody battle if the child has only been living with me for a few days?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Aug 18, 2016

Each case for custody is decided on the bests interests of the child and Florida Statute 61.13.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey Leisure and Neal

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

www.careyandleisure.com
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Q: What to do if my children's father is arrested and we have shared custody?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Aug 18, 2016

File a petition for sole custody.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey Leisure and Neal

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

www.careyandleisure.com
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Q: Can some one who has ssi for another child pay child support and how. Can I terminate my rights to my children

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Aug 18, 2016

You cannot just sign off on your kids there has to be an adoption or a court order.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey Leisure and Neal

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

www.careyandleisure.com
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Q: I just lost my job. What do I do about my child support payments if I can't afford them.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Florida on
Answered on Aug 18, 2016

You have to file a petition to suspend or lower the support payments.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

Carey Leisure and Neal

622 Bypass Drive, Suite 100

Clearwater, FL 33764

Phone: 727-799-3900/Fax: 727-490-4944

jsmitten@careyandleisure.com

www.careyandleisure.com
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Q: Can I pursue an alimony/child support modification in FL if my divorce was finalized in GA?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Florida on
Answered on Jul 25, 2016

Yes you can bring the case to FL if no party lives in GA. You should have a lawyer represent you in the case.
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Q: Can a father who lives mexico who never did anything for his children fight for them?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Jul 25, 2016

He has zero chance of getting custody. The case would have to be filed in FL. You should have a lawyer represent you in the case.
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Q: what qualifies as a breach, in this statement in our court custody papers: listed below in "more info"

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Jul 25, 2016

That would qualify. You should bring this to the attention of the court. You should have a lawyer represent you in the case.
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Q: Where do you go to start the process of emancipation? And usually how long does it take to become emancipated?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Answered on Jul 25, 2016

You have to file a petition with the local court. You should have a lawyer represent you in the case.
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