Questions Answered by Cheryl Rowe

Q: My mother has filed a complaint for custody of my son.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 12, 2016
Cheryl Rowe's answer
I would seriously consider consulting with a lawyer in your area. You will end up in court, if only for the mediation, if that is ordered in your county. It is unlikely to be resolved at mediation, and I never advise clients to go to court without a good lawyer with you. You will be given court dates, and most likely, you will end up in front of a custody master, who will work with you, her and the attorneys, to try to resolve the case. If it cannot be resolved, you will end in front of the...

Q: I have shared parenting with my kid father is it still legal to continue on child support on the kid's father

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 12, 2016
Cheryl Rowe's answer
If he has more than half of the overnights, he would not owe anything to you. If you have 50/50, the person with the higher income is usually required to pay something(I would have to know your incomes to tell you the exact numbers), and if he has less than 40% of the overnights, the support guidelines do not allow a reduction in the amount owed to you. Best of luck to you!

Q: Custody and child support

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 12, 2016
Cheryl Rowe's answer
I would advise following the court order, if one exists. If you feel your 11 year old has really good reasons for not wanting to go, then you can petition to modify the current order. Whether you will succeed is something that I could not answer without knowing more details. If you have the kids more than 50% of the time, which is determined by the number of overnights each parent has, and if that parent supports the kids, then it is likely that you will not have to pay support. In fact,...

Q: what kind of custody can parent get if living in different state (he's in NY his child is Pa)

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 12, 2016
Cheryl Rowe's answer
Most likely, if he were to petition the court to modify the current order, you would have the chance to go to the custody conference and see what can be worked out. If you can't agree, you/your lawyer can explain to the conference office why he shouldn't have time with the child. The conference office makes a recommendation, and either of you can file exceptions for the judge to hear the case. Courts seldom allow much time, at least at the beginning, if he has been absent for a long time....

Q: Should I get a lawyer for child support?

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 12, 2016
Cheryl Rowe's answer
Most of my practice is family law. In your area, there are a number of good attorneys who will sit down with you for a consultation. You need to sit down with someone, who can discuss your income, your son's father's income, as well as take a look at extra expenses - child care, extracurricular activities, orthodontia, sports camps/fees, and insurance costs. All of these things go into the creation of the support order. If he is not working, he may be given an earning capacity, but I highly...

Q: Biological father never involved married my husband stepped in I have sole custody he's trying to get custody what do

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Aug 12, 2016
Cheryl Rowe's answer
Hello! If you have custody now, then the father will have to ask the court to modify the order. He has an uphill battle after his absence, but if this guy really does pursue custody, please go and talk to a lawyer. Many of us provide free consultations and would be happy to go over the situation and advise the best course of action. Good luck to you!

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