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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: My ex husband is asking me for my covid 19 results, is that against my HIPPA rights?

I was exposed to covid at work and had to take a test. My test came back negative and now my husband is asking me for the results. Do I have to show my ex husband my results, since we co patent our 6 yr old son? Or is that against my HIPPA right ? We live in PA.

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 19, 2021

You can waive your HIPPA rights and I see no reason why you wouldn't want to share your negative test results with your child's father with whom you co-parent.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can my ex use the fact my boyfriend and I had PFAs on eachother to not allow child around him?

We lived together for 4 years and her father hated that my bf was there when he wasn’t around. A few days before Christmas we got in a heated argument over money and expanding our family. Since my daughters father fails at paying support on time financially it was straining us to begin our lives.... Read more »

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Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 19, 2021

You really need to consult with an attorney and probably a therapist as well. It is difficult to understand why you would still be with someone who said those things to you. Whether the judge will determine that the boyfriend shouldn't be around your daughter, I can't know but I would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: i receive child support and on the website it states he is decertified from federal intercept what does that mean?
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Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 17, 2021

While I'm not familiar with the actual term, it seems pretty clear that the amount of arrears that he owes on the support order has either reached zero or is at least below the amount which would subject any federal income tax refund he is entitled to receive from being intercepted to pay the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do you need to be married for a very length of time to split assets like savings, and 401k?
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Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 16, 2021

No. The proportion of the division of assets may be different for a very short marriage but the general rule is that if the asset was acquired during the marriage, it's divisible between the parties.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: I took less child support then what was estimated can I go back for the difference if I'm still struggling

I was told $276 a week but agreed on $200 but I'm still struggling to support my son how soon can I go back to request the full amount

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Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 16, 2021

You can go back to ask for more based on the support guidelines. There's no time frame before which you can't file but I would expect that you would have waited at least a month or more

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I have to pay for my ex-girlfriends attorney in a child support case I'm being ordered to pay the attorney directly

The judge has ordered me to pay my ex girlfriends attorney directly . Not through the clerk of courts but to the attorney directly. I don't understand how I am responsible for his fees

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Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 16, 2021

If the judge ordered you to pay, then you pay. Always do what a judge orders you to do. I can't guess why the judge ordered you to pay her attorney, but I would imagine the judge said why when the order was entered.,

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: what wil happen if my child refuses to go to fathers on schedule date?

My 9 year ole daughters refuses to go to her fathers every other monday when it time to go. What will happen to myself, mom if I dont make her. I have already file to modify custody but of course that is 30 days away. Shes ready too talk to judge, but I know I have to wait for trial.

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jul 2, 2020

The court expects you to follow its orders. Your daughter is 9 years old and not in control- you are because you are an adult and you are her parent. Tell her she must follow the order. Do no say anything bad about the dad. If the judge is willing, she can have her say in 30 days. That's not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My spouse filed for divorce almost two years ago and has been non compliant with court orders. Can it go into default?

He has outstanding support obligations and is in arrears for two children. If he filed for divorce and I have answered the complaint, at what point can it go into default?

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Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jun 27, 2020

Cases usually don't go into default. Upon occasion they may be terminated due to inactivity.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I adopt my ex girlfriend's daughter if my ex girlfriend is now married to a man?

I am married to another woman and she is married to a man. There is no biological father in the picture.

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jun 27, 2020

I seriously doubt it. This is one of the strangest questions I've seen. If anyone were to adopt that child it would likely be the mother's husband, not an ex-boyfriend

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I still get half value of a vehicle after divorce?

My ex husband and I have been officially divorced for about 3 years. While we were married we purchased a newer vehicle together in both of our names. We chose not to fight over anything but he wanted the car. I signed my name off of the loan, but the registration and title was still under the both... Read more »

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Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jun 27, 2020

It depends on exactly how you resolved the car issue in connection with the divorce. Was there a written settlement agreement? A court order concerning property distribution? The only way t know how you might proceed with this issue is to have a private consultation with an experienced family law... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: I owe over 10,000 in arrears and am going to be working to pay them off. Can I still be sent to jail in PA for

For owing that amount

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Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jun 27, 2020

Yes. If you start paying them off now, the likelihood of receiving a six month sentence is less, but I suggest that you make substantial payments, not ones of $10 a month. The courts like to see that someone is making the effort to satisfy their arrears.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: I filed for child support and they're asking me about my income but i don't have any. What do i do?

Since the virus has been going around its been hard to find a job.

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Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jun 23, 2020

Tell them exactly that - you don't have any. Be able to provide solid evidnece that you've been looking for work. Also, why aren't you receiving unemployment compensation? Don't try to answer me but that may be something they'll be interested in knowing.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Pennsylvania on
Q: If my ex is cohabiting, will it affect alimony?

I have been paying alimony for over 15 years and my ex refuses to marry her boyfriend in fear of losing some alimony. She has been cohabiting for over 6 years though. I am in Pennsylvania, and wondered if I can lower my alimony payments. Our divorce decree states I pay $700 per month, unless she... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jun 23, 2020

It depends if your divorce decree includes cohabitation. If it does, then very possibly. If it doesn't, you should still consult with an experienced family la attorney, but from where I stand, it doesn't look hopeful based on what you've said.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I find out if I overpaid in arrears?

Paid arrears for 17 years for being approx 1 month behind. CP filed in March, court date and agreement reached in April of 2003. Case just closed but I don't believe I should have been paying arrears for that long. Can I get full History of payments?

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jun 23, 2020

Sure. Contract the county Domestic Relations Office which handled the case and ask what they need you to do in order to obtain an accounting of your payments. You may have to email them. It's hard to tell you what the process will be because it's likely their procedures have been... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can I leave my house at 17 without permission? Or could I legally move out at 17 without parental consent?

I’m 2 months from turning 18, been had a stable job for 2 years now, and I can’t live here anymore, so am I able to leave without her permission

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Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jun 20, 2020

If she won't allow you to move out, I strongly suggest that you tough out the last two months before you turn 18.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: Full custody of my son for 8 yrs he wants to live w mom now if she goes for support can I get back support for the 8 yrs

She lives in Georgia now but had no support/barely any contact for 8 yrs I had our son

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Kathryn Hilbush answered on May 28, 2020

Not likely. You should have filed while you had custody of him. The PA support rules do not allow retroactivity of support orders beyond the date of filing for support. If you failed to file for support because you didn't want her trying to come back into your son's life or if you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If I put a pfa on my child’s father , who’s now incarcerated could I get in trouble for reaching out to him ?

It was a no contact order and I’m in the process of trying to have it withdrawn

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Kathryn Hilbush answered on May 25, 2020

No, not unless the PFA restricts you from contacting him. Ordinarily, the order only restricts the defendant from contacting the plaintiff, you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is violating the PA Governor's stay at home order sufficient grounds to file for full custody of children?

My wife and I have been separated for 7 months. She has been in a relationship with another man for over 9 months. We have two children and do not have a signed agreement for anything yet. It is all being put into the divorce agreement. My wife had not brought this other man around our children at... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Apr 25, 2020

It's hard to know. Many judges are not looking happily upon people who they think are trying to use the stay-at-home order to their advantage in custody cases. On the other hand, you can argue that she's endangering your children. Your best bet is to speak about your options with an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: A friend daughter her father lives in Ny her mother lives in pa they have a court order should she vested him on lockdo

She dose not want to go there because of the virus she is 10

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Apr 25, 2020

Her parents are going to have to work it out, maybe with the help of their lawyers. Court orders are supposed to be followed but there may be reasons why she shouldn't go to NY right now, but it will not be because she doesn't want to go. She's 10 and doesn't get to make that sort of choice.

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