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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: I was born in Puerto Rico but I was adopted in New York and changed my name how can I obtain a B.C. With my new name?

Really need a birth certificate to get license help please

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answered on Jan 12, 2024

To obtain a birth certificate with your new name after being adopted in New York, you will need to follow a specific process. First, you should contact the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene or the Vital Records office in the city where your adoption was finalized. You will... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: Can a QDRO be cancelled or modified if the ex spouse clearly violated the divorce agreement?
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answered on Sep 7, 2023

In Connecticut, a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) is a legal document that divides retirement assets between divorcing spouses. While I'm not a lawyer, I can provide some general information. Modifying or canceling a QDRO typically requires legal action. If your ex-spouse has... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: Does my ex need to have his car and carseat for our four year old during overnight visits? Girlfriend has it

I'm just wondering if there's an emergency or something I don't like the fact that he's there without a car on his weekend nights. I guess he can call 911 but I would prefer he get to the hospital quicker

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answered on Jul 17, 2023

In Connecticut, family law matters such as child custody and visitation are typically determined based on the best interests of the child. The specific details of your custody arrangement may be outlined in your custody order or parenting plan. Regarding transportation for your child during... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: I live in CT. Is there any law preventing me from giving my wife everything in a divorce?
Linda Ann Subbloie
Linda Ann Subbloie
answered on Apr 25, 2023

No there is not.

However, keep in mind that in the event the state of Connecticut may have a lien for medicaid benefits against your wife's assets, they may be able to confiscate whatever you give her. This holds true for any other creditors who may have claim to your wife's...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Connecticut on
Q: where can i find a sliding scale or pro bona attorney for a family court visitation issue

there is a contempt motion filled on me there is an agreement that has been closed in 2022 but my kids mom filled a motion and i feel I need representation because she has an attorney

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 3, 2023

You should search in Justia's online directory by clicking the "Find a Lawyer" button for an attorney who practices Family Law and/or Child Custody in or near the county where the motion has been filed, and then review the attorney's profile to determine if the attorney offers... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Probate and Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: Probate

Ok so if my dad dies and he has no written will but my name is on the house and the bank account with his does it have to go through probate for my siblings

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Gerald Shea
answered on Mar 2, 2023

Joint accounts and real estate held jointly in survivorship do not require CT probate.

However, an estate tax return is due 6 months from date of death, but that is a different issue (See Form 706NT (nontaxable estate) and Form 706 (taxable estate).

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2 Answers | Asked in Probate and Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: Probate

Ok so if my dad dies and he has no written will but my name is on the house and the bank account with his does it have to go through probate for my siblings

Linda Ann Subbloie
Linda Ann Subbloie
answered on Mar 2, 2023

The house:

So long as the deed to the house indicates that the house is in joint names with rights of survivorship then the house would go to you upon his death. No probate is needed. If the house is in joint names, but is not in survivorship, then his share goes to his heirs which would...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: Can my ex wifes boyfriend dictate to me terms and conditions on how i contact her regarding our child? I am in Ct.

Basically i was cautioned to proceed carefully, threatening my relationship with my child

Linda Ann Subbloie
Linda Ann Subbloie
answered on Dec 21, 2022

No! The only authority to dictate how you contact your ex is a court order. Does the court order/judgment have any special terms or conditions? If not, then you are free to contact her as needed. It's called "co-parenting."

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: i have shared custody. Can I make him take the kids an extra day/l and change days? We do 2/2/5. Id need to do 4/3.

I need to make more money in order to take care of the kids - I am a single mom with shared custody. I’m taking a new job. The training will require 5mos where he would need to take them mon-Fri and I could take them Fri-sunday. Then after that I could go back to the 2/2/5 or adjust as needed.... View More

Linda Ann Subbloie
Linda Ann Subbloie
answered on Nov 12, 2022

In my opinion, you should think twice about giving him the children for 4.5 days a week with only 2.5 days left for you. Five months is a long time on this schedule and once you do it, if it happens, it may be difficult to get back what you had.

You should get an agreement together with a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: If my fiance and I are separating can I get engagement ring back that I'm still paying for
Linda Ann Subbloie
Linda Ann Subbloie
answered on Nov 6, 2022

Yes. In CT the engagement ring is considered a conditional gift. Since the condition of getting married won't be met, then you are entitled to the ring back.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Connecticut on
Q: Couple of questions

I have a couple of questions so I’ve been having a lot of issues with the babies father and his family . I plan on going to court soon but i am wondering what my chances would be in court . On his side of the family his mother has threatened for grandparent rights but has barely seen her... View More

Linda Ann Subbloie
Linda Ann Subbloie
answered on Sep 13, 2022

You didn't say what you are going to court for. Is there a custody order in place now and you are trying to modify it or there is no court orders yet and you are going to court for the first time.

Grandparents can not get custody in CT unless they meet very stringent requirements. If...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: What are my options regarding a car that my ex-husband technically owns but has been promised to me in our divorce?

This is really a two-part question. I found a GPS tracking device on my car, and I think my ex-husband put it there. Technically, he still owns the car, although as part of our divorce settlement, he’s to continue paying off the loan (which is in his name) and then turn the title over to me once... View More

Linda Ann Subbloie
Linda Ann Subbloie
answered on Aug 12, 2022

1) No, it's not legal for him to put a tracking device on your car.

2) Yes, you can.

I would file a motion and request an order prohibiting him from tracking you and a request that he be held in contempt for not putting you on the registration.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Connecticut on
Q: Can I file a complaint against HP for ignoring my request for emergency transfer

I’ve been complaining for a month about my ex-boyfriend who’s soon to be released he has been harassing me before he got incarcerated and I’m afraid he’s going to come back and hurt me or my children

Linda Ann Subbloie
Linda Ann Subbloie
answered on Aug 10, 2022

You need to file a Motion for a Restraining order. Here is the link to the CT Judicial Branch website on restraining orders.

https://www.jud.ct.gov/forms/grouped/family/dcv.htm#TRO

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: I have been living with my boy friend for over 15 years. Not engaged but may be soon what am i entitled to if he dies?
Linda Ann Subbloie
Linda Ann Subbloie
answered on Jul 28, 2022

He would have to:

1. Put you in his will as a beneficiary and specify what you get- as specific bequests or his entire estate;

2. Put you on one or more financial accounts as a joint owner or as a beneficiary;

3. You would have to be on the deed to real estate as joint...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Employment Law for Connecticut on
Q: Can a Qualified Domestic Relations Order be revoked 20 years later?

My father has a Qualified Domestic Relations Order and ever since retiring he's been forced to pay a percentage of his pension to his ex wife. The ex wife has a much better life than my dad now and we're in need of the money more than she is. IS there anything that can be done?

Linda Ann Subbloie
Linda Ann Subbloie
answered on Jul 27, 2022

The division of a pension is an asset distribution. Asset distributions are not modifiable.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Estate Planning and Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: Ex husband died in Texas. Divorce was final in CT. Will I receive life insurance payout or will it be revoked?
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answered on May 1, 2022

There is too little information here to determine a answer. We would need to know whether the decedent cancelled his insurance policy or otherwise amended it to exclude the asker as a beneficiary. We also do not know what the divorce judgment says as to whether the decedent had to maintain an... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Q: I was wondering can someone legally keep my citizenship documents and refuse to give it to me?
Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Feb 18, 2022

It depends.

If there is a pending criminal case the judge may order a defendant to surrender one's passport. Secondly, a minor under 18 may not request one's passport for any reason from one's custodial parents or legal guardians.

If someone crosses the border and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Elder Law and Probate for Connecticut on
Q: Can Power of Attorney who is also named on the principal's bank account withdraw funds while principal is in hospice?

I am my father's power of attorney, healthcare representative, and conservator of his estate. He has decided to withdraw life support measures and will go into hospice with a life expectancy of about a week. He had to spend down assets to qualify for Medicaid and could not provide much for... View More

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answered on Feb 3, 2022

In most states, the ability of an agent under a power of attorney to make gifts on behalf of the principal is a "hot power", meaning it is not covered by general language in a POA. It must be specifically stated. Look for specific authority in the POA to make gifts and see if there are... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: Hi- splitting with my partner we are not married but have kids and assets together; need advice ASAP.

Deed on the house is under both our names loan is only under my name we have a car that is under his name but I drive and have made all the payments we also have two kids.

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answered on Jan 27, 2022

You can use the Find a Lawyer link above to find a lawyer in your area. You can search by practice areas.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Q: I do got engaged from foreign country I want to know how to call her here for marriage
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
answered on Jan 22, 2022

You can bring her here on a fiance visa. That visa allows her to come here and you can get married within 90 days. You complete the various paperwork necessary for the application and submit it to USCIS and she gets an interview at the consulate in her country when the application is approved. At... View More

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