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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can I move out off my home until tells o I am divorced and not get in any trouble and not loose my half of me aets

My husband is calling me names and trying to make me miserable while we are living together being very mean saying he should of bashed my head in and calling me bad names he says he is going to make me miserable until I leave:he thinks if I leave he is going to get me for abandoned the home so... View More

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on Jun 18, 2024

You can leave the home without affecting any marital rights you may have in the home other than possession and access. Once you leave the home and the divorce is filed, you will not be able to return to the home unless you have a court order or an agreement between you and your husband. Also, if... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: In Florida, how likely would it be that an absent father would get custody and / or visitation? I need some legal advice

Sons dad resides in NY. My son & I reside in FL (son was born here) Sons dad has accused me of parental alienation since the birth of our child. He has always had a phone # to contact me & address. Ex has seen our 8 y/o son twice since he was born in 2015. I brought our son to NY in 2019... View More

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answered on Jun 16, 2024

The legal standard in Florida is what is in the best interest of the child. If a parent has been absent for an extended period the court is not going to thrust them together. Reunification is possible but can be a lengthy process. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Divorce for Florida on
Q: Jurisdiction:- Florida (west palm beach)Family law matterNeed information (as explained below) re dismissal

Brief overview:

* I am the petitioner / applicant - I filed the petition to divorce Oct 2023 in west palm beach county

* The case was badly managed, various delays / I was badly represented by my US attorneys. I am no longer represented.

* She filed a counter petition... View More

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answered on Jun 6, 2024

This may be a question for an Australian lawyer regarding filing there. As far as Florida goes, you can request a case management conference (status conference) with the judge. Look online for the judge's division procedures for scheduling instructions. You have the power to unilaterally... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Has a pro se registered individual in a divorce case. What is the process to file for a hearing for the court?

JAWS appears to be only for attorneys. I have filed two motions that I want to bring in front of the court.

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

Look up the division procedures for your judge online. There should be instructions on how to request and schedule a hearing. There should also be a phone number and/or email for the judicial assistant. That is the person with whom you need to communicate. Speak with a local family attorney for... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: I was married and divorced in Alabama but lived between Al and Fl.I would like my personal belongings that are in Fl

He’s a narcissist and am fearful of being alone.

I have to pack and will need assistance from my son

He can keep the furniture but would like half of the $

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

You say that you are already divorced. You will need to read the divorce decree carefully. It should say how your property was divided, regardless of where it is located. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Florida on
Q: My ex wife has an injunction against me. I am attending BIP and on probation. The injunction currently only allows for

Supervised visitation of my 2 year old son. When I complete BIP and get off probation, Does that qualify as a change of circumstance and allow me to modify the injunction to request unsupervised custody of my son at my home? No family case at the moment. We are still married. Divorce has not been... View More

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answered on May 31, 2024

You can always file a motion to modify the conditions of the injunction. You do not mention if there is also a family case. You may be able to modify sooner than the end of your program and probation. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: does a divorce overseas count in the united states

Marriied in the usa and at a catholic church overseas. marriage recorded in the foreign country.

if i divorce in the foreign country will i be also divorced in the united states

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answered on May 30, 2024

As long as the overseas divorce is legal where it takes place then the US will also recognize the divorce. Make sure that you notify the other party of the proceedings. If your intention is to divorce without your spouse being aware of the proceedings then that can create a problem. Speak with a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can I fire my current divorce lawyer 3 weeks before a divorce trial
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answered on May 22, 2024

You can dismiss your attorney at any time; however, there is no guarantee that the trial will be continued for that reason. So either have another attorney ready for the trial or be prepared to conduct the trial yourself. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Divorced in Florida in 2008. In the division of assets list for a 401k never transferred

In the division of assets, a 401k from a former job of mine (company X) is written up as: ex wife has a Company X retirement account titled in her sole and separate name and that this account shall remain hers free from claims by husband. The decree also states that any retirement accounts not... View More

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answered on May 18, 2024

What was the original intention? If it was for you to keep it then keep it. Let her go to court if she wants and argue that there was a mistake. Clearly there is a conflict because it says that titled in your name is yours. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

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Q: Divorced in Florida in 2008. In the division of assets list for a 401k never transferred

In the division of assets, a 401k from a former job of mine (company X) is written up as: ex wife has a Company X retirement account titled in her sole and separate name and that this account shall remain hers free from claims by husband. The decree also states that any retirement accounts not... View More

Michael Ferrin
Michael Ferrin
answered on May 18, 2024

Given there is contradicting language in the agreement, in the event litigation arises from these issues, the court may allow you to present evidence to support each of your intent when the agreement was executed. This can be emails, text messages, testimony, etc. Just as Mr. Lieber stated in his... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Who calculates the percentage to split a 401k for a QDRO

My husband was divorced 17 years ago and in the divorce decree they were to equally split the marital portion of his 401k through a QDRO. He has contacted his plan administrator and received their QDRO form and it looks self explanatory. My question is does he calculate the percentage to file... View More

Rand Scott Lieber
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answered on May 16, 2024

That calculation should be a part of the order. Normally a QDRO has a specific dollar amount or a percentage and the dates that apply. The financial institution simply does what the order says. They have no discretion. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can I proceed with legal action against my former spouse for accepting a QDRO overpayment from a pension plan?

I would like to seek legal action for the purpose of reimbursement of an overpayment related to QRDO order.

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

You can pursue legal action against your former spouse for accepting a QDRO overpayment from a pension plan. The first step is to review the original QDRO (Qualified Domestic Relations Order) to understand the terms and any discrepancies that led to the overpayment. Documentation of the overpayment... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can I proceed with legal action against my former spouse for accepting a QDRO overpayment from a pension plan?

I would like to seek legal action for the purpose of reimbursement of an overpayment related to QRDO order.

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answered on May 15, 2024

You need to determine the reason for the overpayment. If the pension plan did not follow the order correctly then you may have to pursue legal action against them. If the order was followed properly then you can return to family court and try to recover the overpayment. You will need to explain how... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Divorce, Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: MY WIFE AND I LIVE IN AN RV THAT BOTH OF OUR NAMES ARE ON. WE BOTH JUST RECIEVED A LOAN ON THE RV TO HAVE ALL OF OUR

CREDIT CARDS PAID OFF. AS SOON AS SHE RECIEVED THE MONEY SHE PAID OFF HERS AND LEFT MINE IN DIRE STRAITS THEN TOLD SHE WAS GOING TO FILE FOR DIVORCE THAT I NEEDED TO MOVE OUT SHE HAD THE RV PARK CHANGE THE LEASE TO JUST HER NAME AND SAID I WASN'T ALLOWED TO COME AROUND ANYMORE THAT IS MY HOME... View More

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answered on Apr 30, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about your difficult situation. It sounds like a stressful and upsetting experience. In California, both spouses have a legal right to access the marital home, even if only one spouse's name is on the lease. Your wife cannot legally force you out of the RV or prevent you... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: do i have to pay child support?

Wife and i are getting a nocontested divorce. we have kids. we are sharing custody 50/50. the kids stay with me every other day. I know that it florida child support is based off visitation with the other parent. If they live with me literally every other day, and every weekend does that mean i... View More

Pamela J. Fero
Pamela J. Fero
answered on Apr 22, 2024

When joint custody is involved and parenting time is equally divided, child support is determined primarily by the financial resources of the parents. Although it’s uncommon for no child support to be mandated, it can happen under certain conditions, such as if the custody is shared 50/50 and... View More

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Q: Can a husband accuse his wife of kidnapping their daughter if she wants to leave their house with her as a separation?

The couple can't live together in the same house. Then the mother would like to go to another place with her daughter. But the husband says that what she's doing is called kidnapping. What can the mother do?

Pamela J. Fero
Pamela J. Fero
answered on Apr 22, 2024

If there are no existing divorce proceedings or custody agreements, the mother must secure consent from the other parent or obtain court approval before relocating. This process can become legally intricate, particularly if the other parent opposes the move. Consult a local family law attorney to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: My Ex wife hired an Au pair after the divorce without consulting me and now she wants me to pay for it, Florida

Our schedule is 50/50 the first 15 days of the month Ive the kids and the remaining she have them, I don't need child care during my time because I'm off from work but she wants the child care calculated on the 100% for the au pair fee which is $1700 a month also I don't have access... View More

Linda Liang
Linda Liang
answered on Apr 7, 2024

Parenting plan in divorce matter usually address the actual amount needed when it comes to child support. I am curious as to how you are forced to pay for service you do not agree to. You can refuse to pay for the service if it is beyond the arrangement of your divorce decree.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: PBC Florida. Husband abandoned me and stole our 2 children! He wont let me see or speak to them. How should I proceed?
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answered on Mar 25, 2024

As long as the two of you are legally married you both have equal rights to the children. If you want the courts to intervene then you need to file a case against your spouse. The most obvious case would be a dissolution of marriage (divorce). The case would need to be filed where you have lived... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can a divorce be finalized without settling the division of all assets?

My spouse and I reached an agreement in mediation. However, since then he has proceeded to recant almost all of the terms agreed to. My fear is that he will continue to do this to prolong the divorce process.

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answered on Mar 22, 2024

If you reached an agreement at mediation that was reduced to writing and that you both signed then it is binding on both of you. If he is not following the terms then you can return to court to enforce the issue. If you reached an agreement but did not write it down and sign it then there is no... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Divorce and QDRO question in state of Florida.

About 5 years ago i got divorced, i payed for a QDRO to be made and for the assets to be split, the paperwork did went through the judge and my ex-spouse was suppose to file it to get the assets split and get the money. About a year and half i quit my job and when they asked me what to do about the... View More

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answered on Mar 19, 2024

You owe her the portion that she was entitled to from the final judgment. You can probably deduct the cost of the QDRO and the taxes that you paid on the withdrawal. Although it is up to her to go back to court to enforce the agreement it is probably smarter to try and reach a settlement with her... View More

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