You shouldn't need her consent or participation - the only requirement is that you must be separated for one year. No way to speed the process up unfortunately. So after that year is run, you just need to file your divorce, serve her, and then proceed.
Yes, you can file discovery requests to seek relevant information to the case. However, there is no "form" for discovery requests, so it is something you will have to generate yourself (or more likely - pay an attorney to generate).
I could guess, but without looking at the file I have no idea what form you are missing. You will unfortunately need to consult with a local family law attorney about the status of your case. Perhaps you can just file the correct form and get a new date scheduled.
From these limited facts, it would appear the judge gave you additional time to complete service upon your wife. If she doesn't sign the return receipt then you will not be able to proceed with your lawsuit (because she has not been served). I would recommend you pay the sheriff their $30.00...Read more »
If you don't have an existing custody case, I would consider filing one ASAP. If you have an existing case, you may want to file a Motion for Emergency Custody before she leaves alleging that the child will be exposed to a substantial risk of bodily injury. Some judges may agree that such a...Read more »
My SO lives with me in North Carolina for almost two and a half years now. Her mother was served a summons & complaint at her home in New York regarding a debt collector attempting to get a judgement against her. A couple of questions:
1. Depends on more facts, but for a snap judgment I'll say probably not. However, burden is on you to establish that proper service hasn't been made. If you don't raise the issue properly with the court, the creditor will likely just proceed on and get what they want. This will...Read more »
The answer to that depends on the terms (or lack thereof) of your ex-spouse's will. He could have bequeathed his interest in the property to his new wife, in which case both you and she will own a 50% interest. If he died without a will, his interest in the property will pass pursuant to...Read more »
I filed for custody of our son the first week in December 2020 and 3 weeks later the father left NC and returned to MD to live with his mother. He has visited once since moving. We have mediation late March and he has informed me he will request for his visitations to be held in MD. He also said he... Read more »
I dislike these types of questions as it really just calls for speculation when we don't know anything else about the parties, the case, or the judge. So any answer you receive is going to be mostly guesswork. All that said, I could see a judge ordering that the child is to have visitations...Read more »
In the divorce decree it states, she will sign over at will. No where in the decree that it states is she entitled to or awarded to the estate. She doesn't live in the country and she's not a citizen of the United States.
This is a cop-out of an answer, but you would need to speak to local real estate attorney on this issue, as they would need to look at the specific language on the deed and the divorce filings. I'm not sure there is an easy answer with mom being out of the country (her citizenship status...Read more »
I'm not disagreeing with anything that attorney Houser said below (as she is right), but would caution you that there is little stopping her (or you) from taking this child and moving to Alaska/California/etc. If you don't give your consent to a proposed move, then she shouldn't...Read more »
My daughter just went through a divorce in Oct. from a very violent & abusive husband in which her 2 boys live with him. Shortly after the divorce he no longer let her see or talk to the boys & in Dec. she was served with custody papers. She tried to get help from legal aid because she... Read more »
The 30 day window to respond is more relevant in other types of lawsuits. For a custody hearing, the court will still need to have a hearing and hear evidence as to the custodial schedule that is in the children's best interests. From what you've said of your daughter, she will need to...Read more »
No, "renewing" a judgment involves filing a new lawsuit. An essential part of any lawsuit is that you have to serve the defendant - regardless of whether the defendant is in the country or not. There are ways to serve someone who isn't in the country, but they can be complicated...Read more »
A common answer to any legal question is that "it depends," but that is particularly true here where I don't have access to the specific language you are referencing. Depending on the actual language used, it might mean that both parties are releasing (waiving) any other claims they...Read more »
I agree with the answer that attorney Haas provided, specifically the need to do something support wise now. Assuming she does want to have the child adopted, you should be a party to that proceeding and your support (or lack thereof) will be an issue that the court will discuss.
You likely can't 'force' your mother to hand you the birth certificate, but you should be able to get it directly from wherever you were born in Mexico. And I would wager that you don't need the "original" birth certificate, but merely a certified copy.
Perhaps, but the father would have to participate in some manner in the process. The following options give you "custody" without actually having to go to court, although some of them involve the filing of a custody action.
1. If you were married to the father and haven't...Read more »
My husband spoke to an attorney and wanted to understand his rights and what he would need to do to start the separation process. Could he move out and it not be considered abandonment? I guess I'm trying to find out if he would have been advised to not leave the house and to do other steps first?
I'm not going to speculate on what some other attorney may or may not have told your husband, but I can say that "abandonment" isn't a distinct legal claim and is usually not something I spend a lot of time talking about with clients who have yet to separate. Abandonment might...Read more »
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