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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: Teen is refusing visitation? Even if I show up to drop off and teen does not comply, can I be held in contempt?

Teen with special needs is refusing court ordered visitation in the summer. Has not been getting along with the non custodial parent and is in therapy. Noncustodial parent seems to be triggering reactions from the teen and teen is having a hard time regulating emotions around non custodial parent... View More

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on Jun 15, 2024

As long as it is the teen who refuses to visit and you are not telling him not to go there is no contempt. The therapists opinion is also helpful.

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0 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for New York on
Q: Child custody - NY

I am the father of a 4 year old. His mother is an unfit mother. Harassing. Vulgar. Alcoholic. Has introduced my son to 12 different men in the past year alone. Admits to all of this and posts it all over social media. Hasn't held a job for longer than a few months at a time in years. Lost the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: Is it okay for my ex husband to allow his new gf’s son to sleep in the same bedroom as our daughter?

They moved in together after 5 months. Her 2 boys are 16 & 7. Our kids are 11 & 6 (our 11 yr old is a boy and 6 yr old is a girl). Her youngest is autistic. (This isn't a huge issue but I work healthcare and have seen different spectrums of autism; i don’t know if he has difficult... View More

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
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answered on Jun 9, 2024

We are not family court judges set up to decide matters of sleeping arrangements of children. We can educate perhaps to a limited extent as much of what we say sounds incredible. The law has evolved substantially in recent years, and the ends justify the means in many cases.

As for the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: My ex gf who i share a 10year old with wont leave my house for over a year n just damages home. How can i get her out?

Alls she does is drink12-14 beers a day, vandalized and damages my home. Leave child alone when i was at work alone to go drink with her new boyfriend. I have all on camera. How can i evict her asap without selling my house

David P. Badanes
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David P. Badanes
answered on Jun 15, 2024

If the child is being left alone, that is the first thing you might want to address. Some 10 year olds are mature enough to stay by themselves, but, I don't think many Judges would approve of that.

Next thing to do is consult with a Landlord-Tenant attorney. If the house is yours,...
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0 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for New York on
Q: Please refer to more information section, is this contempt or not?

My court order states that I have my daughter the first 3 weekends of every month starting Thursdays and ending Sundays at 530 pm

It’s my understanding that May 30th is the 5th week of May but that Thursday-Sunday blends into what would be the first weekend in June. Its already stipulated... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Domestic Violence for New York on
Q: Can I move my children from NY to RI when there is no custody or visitation in place?

I currently have custody of my two children. We have an order of protection out against my ex (their dad). We have been back-and-forth to court numerous times because he is mentally unstable but his court appointed lawyer is fighting for 50/50 legal with physical custody being given to me. There is... View More

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on May 1, 2024

You cannot move without court approval or consent from the father. Even thought there is no current order, you make it clear that the father is seeking 50/50 legal custody thus "custody" is an issue. If you were to move, you risk the court ordering you to move back to NY. You should... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: I have my son for a visit but it is outside of our custody agreement and my son refused to get on the plane to return

Home. Stated he wants to live with and has told his father and the father refuses to talk to me. My son is 15 and is going to be 16 in august what should I do I don’t want to get me or my son in any trouble but I can’t force him to get on a plane. I live in Kentucky his father is in New York

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answered on May 12, 2024

We here cannot provide specific legal advice to an anonymous asker. Her question has to do with how to react to a factual situation when an order is the governing outcome producer. The correct answer that is not legal advice is to simply follow the order.

However, as an educational point,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Is the divorce not finalized and is the permanent custody order not in place?

We went to court to finalize the divorce 3 months ago. My lawyer called me 11/2 months ago and said there was an error in the document and we have to resign. Both parties need to resign. So I did, my exhusband has not yet. I have to get the custody order to register my children in school. I need to... View More

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Apr 18, 2024

If there is a temporary order giving you custody, that should be sufficient to register the children in school. There is no final order as there is no divorce. You will need to file a motion to get the case in front of a Judge to get your divorce and final order if your husband will not sign the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: If the noncustodial parent doesn't visit their children in an extended period of time, is this considered abandonment?

I know visits are voluntary, however is it considered abandonment to not participate in parental visits and ignore all communication. Not participate in any decision making? Will this be ground to refile for decision making in the future? How long would I wait to refile for full decision making... View More

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Apr 18, 2024

If the noncustodial parent does not abide by the court order of visitation, you can file to modify the visitation schedule. This must be substantial, however. Missing a few visits, especially if there is an valid excuse, might not be considered substantial enough to end visitations. This is very... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for New York on
Q: Can a divorce be voided because of a typo?

I went to court and we finalized our divorce. Both parties signed in the court room. There was a typo or error in the custody order/ divorce agreement and I had to resign new papers recently and my exhusband hasn't signed them. Does that mean we are not divorced? Does that mean there is no new... View More

David P. Badanes
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David P. Badanes
answered on Apr 18, 2024

Without seeing the actual Judgment of Divorce, I can't definitely answer your question. However, most likely you are still divorced. It seems that you may have to go back to court with a Motion to get your husband to sign the correct papers.

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: If a judge has 60 days to make a decision; what happens after that if the time has run out? Do i still get a trial?

Brief procedural background:i am the moving party; i filed a petition to modify custody and OSC 11/3/23. A series of conferences were scheduled monthly on the calendar; including TWO trial dates for May.opposing counsel served me in court during January hearing: “notice of motion”,“attorney... View More

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Apr 1, 2024

The 60 day period for a decision is not set in stone. If the motion to dismiss is granted then your trial will not proceed as the case os dismissed. If it is not granted then the case will go to trial. Dates for trial are assigned so the court can clear it's calendar for those days, if the... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for New York on
Q: How long can a parent go without seeing or asking about their children? before its considered abandonment?
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answered on Apr 1, 2024

The modern fad in family courts in most states including New York (as routinely upheld by the appellate divisions) is to reunify long lost parents with their children no matter the operative facts. There is no such thing as abandonment unless and until the child becomes an adult. A parent cannot... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Family Law for New York on
Q: What is the likelihood of appellate court obtaining jurisdiction in a custody case if judicial misconduct is proven?

I have filed an appeal on an order of dismissal on FO petition that was erroneously dismissed. the courts denied the review of any evidence supporting my petition; denied the review of anything of my petition for that matter. Errors also contained on the “order of dismissal”; the incorrect type... View More

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

If judicial misconduct is proven and relevant to your case, it could significantly impact the appellate court's decision to obtain jurisdiction. Courts take claims of judicial misconduct seriously, especially if they affect the fairness and integrity of the legal process. However, proving... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: Can a copy of transcripts of previous proceedings be used as evidence exhibit/reference in response/answering papers?

Can i use what was said on the record in a previous hearing of my case? The relevance is what opp counsel stated in their affirmation or lack thereof and what was said on the record are conflicting. I’ve already paid for & received the transcripts; writing response papers i have cited the... View More

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on Mar 21, 2024

The short answer to your question is yes they may be used as exhibits

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: How do you get the remaining amount of child support owed per court order that the SCU will not take out of check?

Uward Modification granted. I have a court order for child support stating that the non custodial parents child support obligation is "X" bi weekly and is to be paid through support collections unit. The court order was signed back in November of 2023 and retro active to the date or... View More

David P. Badanes
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David P. Badanes
answered on Feb 18, 2024

It is correct that SCU can only take a portion of the payor's income to pay for child support.

However, the Order should have also stated that the non-custodial parent must pay the balance via direct deposit or checks. So the attorney you spoke to is generally correct, you can file...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for New York on
Q: how to file child custody for the first time? is it legal to hold on to visitation while filing for custody?

when there is conflicts and threats can I hold on to the visitation right until resolved by court.

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Feb 16, 2024

If there are no court orders of custody or visitation then both parents have equal rights to both. If there is a dangerous or unhealthy sitiuation then withholding visitation, if in the child's best interst, might be advisable but a custody petition should be immediatly filed.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: one parent moved out of state (New York) before the custody filing. How does this affect any custody arraignments?

How does one parent request a home study of one parent living outside of New York if it's suspected that the living arrangements are unacceptable and there may be child to child abuse?

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answered on Feb 16, 2024

There is not enough information here to cogently answer this question. We are not told when the child left state #1 to state #2. We are not told which of the two states the custody filing occurred.

The duration of the child's absence from a state makes all the difference to the success...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: How does a judge know if crossmotions i was “served in hand” in court by opposing counsel, match the filings w/clerk?

I’m a pro se litigant in what seems to be a black hole of judicial laziness and systemic coercive control. Opposing party narration of “monster-mom” by my ex/his counsel/AFC; with ongoing slanderous lies against me &not a shred of “evidence”(doesn’t exist).i reside in PA;... View More

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answered on Feb 13, 2024

The biggest mistake a litigant can make in a modern court of law is to fail to retain an attorney for her case. If not for the filings and trial, the pro se litigant requires an education in the folkways and mores of the modern American court.

This question highlights the naivety of the pro...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: I'm in the process of going to court and asking permission to move out of state with my daughter.

What do I need to show that moving is in her best interest?

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answered on Feb 14, 2024

We by no means can provide legal advice in particular cases. We are not the attorney for the asker and we know none of the facts. The New York court system is not an apparatus where one pushes a button and gets results as is the case, for example, in Pennsylvania. We here are an educational medium... View More

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