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Q: My Cousin Husband is doing 2nd Marriage in Pakistan without Divorcing my Cousin.

My question is that are we able to do any legal action against it in USA

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 5, 2022

Your question remains open for four weeks. It probably got overlooked in the general "Uncategorized" heading. You could try reposting under "Divorce." Some questions do go unanswered, but you'd have better chances of a response there. Good luck

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Q: Judge ordered home sold immediately,wife refuses

House could have been sold already now I’m behind on mortgage because of her

Derrick  Storms
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answered on Sep 20, 2022

You should immediately inform the court that your spouse is not complying with the court order. The judge may request a conference to find out what's going on. You can also file an Order to Show Cause to request immediate action from the court, such as precluding a spouse from interfering... Read more »

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Q: We are in divorce process. My wife is borrowing money to fix the house and in property division How will that effect me?

I don’t want to pay for it. I believe she moved money from her personal account. And faking it to pay me less share of marital property.

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Sep 3, 2022

If you have already started the divorce by serving her tge summons and notices then she is not allowed to do extensive spending except normal or emergency cases. If the house is marital property then the work she is doing may increase the value giving you more equity. Talk to your lawyer.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for New York on
Q: My lawyer has filed a motion to relieve themselves from my case, because I am no longer abler to pay the bills

I'd like to keep my lawyer on, and work on payment later. Without my lawyer I don't think I stand a chance. What can I do to oppose my lawyer's motion to be relieved?

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Aug 30, 2022

No one should be forced to work for free, and that goes for any profession, including lawyers. Your attorney deserves to be paid and does not have to agree to any payment plan. If he or she does it is voluntary on them. Find a way to pay them or find a new attorney.

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Q: My husband file divorce under the staus that he doesnt know my whereabouts and spelt my Maiden name wrong, am I divorce?

He spelt my middle and Maiden name wrong.

Mary Theresa Colwell
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Mary Theresa Colwell
answered on Aug 27, 2022

You should consult with an attorney to research the status of the matter in the county clerk’s office

Of the county in which he filed. An amended judgment, if one has been entered already, can be requested based on the misspelling of your name and maiden name. He would have to provide a...
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Q: do i need a lawyer to file for a divorce
Mary Theresa Colwell
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Mary Theresa Colwell
answered on Aug 26, 2022

You should most definitely consult with an attorney before filing for divorce. The laws require specific recitations to be made in order for agreements to be enforceable and there are time limitations that must be adhered to that a lay person may not otherwise know. You only get one bite of the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: I need help in fulton county.with big $$$$child support court then divorce. dss never went after deadbeat.need help

husband signed property over to one child when he has six children left five with nothing so I couldn't get it in a divorce has never paid child support through courts he's going to get away with it because I need help

Sandra M. Colatosti
Sandra M. Colatosti
answered on Aug 25, 2022

You should consult an attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and International Law for New York on
Q: Can I get alimony or financial retribution?

My husband has abandoned me after 19 years of marriage. He transferred all his money overseas to Cyprus, Europe. He left me with no financial support here. He won a law suit settlement recently during our marriage. He is also a stakeholder in a restaurant (unsure of the percentage). He has also... Read more »

Derrick  Storms
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answered on Sep 20, 2022

In New York, marital property is distributed through a process called equitable distribution. Many factors affect how the court will allocate marital property, such as the length of the marriage, each spouse's contribution to the marriage, etc. In some cases judges will split marital... Read more »

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Q: Does my wife have to pay alimony or child support?

My wife has said she has filed for divorce. I’m on social security disability, my wife makes 4x what I make a month, am I entitled to alimony. Also, our 19 year old son lives with me, am I entitled to child support.

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on Aug 15, 2022

Based upon what you have written, you would be entitled to maintenance. How much and how long would be up to the court unless you settle the issue. As to child support, you would also get that as long as you son lives with you until he turns 21 as long as he is in school.

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Q: Can my wife just come take whatever she wants?

My wife left me in feb 2022, she moved into an apartment in March 2022, she came and took clothes on 2 occasions and I even let her take some furniture. She said she has file for divorce. She now wants to come and take whatever she wants. I still live in the family home with 2 of our grown sons. Is... Read more »

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on Aug 13, 2022

She can only take things if you agree to it otherwise the division of ALL assets are by court order or agreement.

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Q: During divorce my wife transferred our marital property to her sister’s name. How will this effect me?

My wife was served divorce paper on July 20th. I filed my divorce on June 30th. And she changed property deed on July 5th.

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on Jul 25, 2022

It will not make a differece in the end. Transfers of marital assets without fair consideration are charged against the party making the transfer.

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Q: Mortgage is in my name and dad's.NOT wife's. Getting separated. What rights does she have and my dad as far as the hou

She has 2 prior bankruptcies without my name. We are currently in chapter 13. My dad won't sign anything over to her. I want to keep house

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Jul 8, 2022

Whose name the mortgage is in is not any indication of ownership, but it is of debt. The ownership of the house is in the deed, however, even if a spouse is not on the deed, under Domestic Relations law a spouse may be entitled to ownership rights as marital property if purchased during the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Small Claims for New York on
Q: My divorce attorney who I fired because he never reached a settlement is now over a year later wants $8000.

I never received the first certified letter allowing me to file for arbitration - had collection agency now threatening court.

Michael J Stachowski
Michael J Stachowski
answered on Jul 5, 2022

File a grievance he has to bill every 60 days under the milonas rules Call the bar association and ask for arbitration. Read your retainer agreement it should say he will bill every 60 days if it does and he didn’t you have a defense. In your grievance mention he took you to collections without... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Divorce and Arbitration / Mediation Law for New York on
Q: Does Respondent in an Arbitration Award confirm/vacate have the Right to Respond to Petitioner's Papers?

I am the Respondent in a motion to Confirm an Arbitration Award

1. Petitioner filed a motion to confirm the Arbitration Award

2. Respondent (me) filed a Motion in Opposition and made a motion to Vacate the Arbitration Award

3. Petitioner filed a Motion in Opposition to my... Read more »

David H. Relkin
David H. Relkin
answered on Jun 30, 2022

Typically, in such an instance, the Court should allow your responsive papers to the Petitioner's motion when the opposing side raises new facts or circumstances. If you are not allowed, you can argue that the Petitioner's new facts should not be considered. A party is not allowed to... Read more »

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Q: change of Venuer

I am disabled,live near acourthouse in the same NYS Unified Court system, different county, Dont drive 3hours of public transportation required NY subways mostly inaccesible

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on Jun 28, 2022

There is no question posed here. However, assuming the question has to do with how to change venue, the asker should retain counsel. The process involves filing a motion with the wrong court asking it to transfer the case to the correct court. Reasoning has to be "legal"; witnesses are... Read more »

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Q: My husband abandoned me seven years ago. II believe he is remarried. What should my course of action be?

I do not know where he resides. We do not own property together or have children.

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on Jun 28, 2022

The asker must file for divorce. In the worst case, the asker may die, and her husband will inherit an intestate share of her property assuming the asker does not have a will. Even if the asker had a will, the husband could get his elective share of the asker's property. Saying there is no... Read more »

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Q: Alimony arrangements

Wife works; I'm disabled. Our adult daughter lives with us and will live with wife once we're divorced. Does my daughter's income figure in alimony arrangements? They'll have two incomes and I'm on disability.

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on Jun 9, 2022

Your daughter's income doesn't have anything to do with alimony

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Does a NYC Court acknowledges a marriage via a religious contract?

I got married via a religious contract 2 years ago. Due to covid, we never got married via a civil court process. 6 months after the wedding, I left my husband anf decided to move on because he was very abusive (physically and verbally) and was cheating on me. He's now threatening me that if I... Read more »

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on Jun 5, 2022

Religious marriages do not count as marriages unless the presiding minister/pastor/rabbi/imam is licensed by the state to marry people. Thus, if a rabbi/imam has the state licensure (as a judge or a clerk) to file marriage documents with the state, there is a valid civil marriage. Only civil... Read more »

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Q: What is Occupation Rent and When is it Awarded?

My spouse lives full time in our summer house (paid cash, no mortgage) and I rent a 2BR ($4000) in the city. We co-own the summer house. There no court order giving her exclusive occupancy. We have a significant discrepancy in income ie. my income is significantly higher.

I feel it's... Read more »

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Jun 3, 2022

There is no such thing in NY law as "Occupation Rent". Basically she is a co-owner so you can not collect rent from her. You can move in there if you desire since there is no order forbidding it. You can file for divorce but be aware that you will likely pay her significant support... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for New York on
Q: About divorce?

If I am separated and moved out the house and my wife find out where I live and send me divorce papers, if I ignore them and choose not to answer what will happen? Thank you for your help.

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on May 30, 2022

This is posted in the New York forum so I will answer assuming this is a New York case. If you ignore the Summons, you will lose by default and she will get whatever she is asking for and you will have no say. Talk to a lawyer.

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