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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: can an online ordained minister legally perform a marriage in Pennsylvania
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 30, 2021

I believe they may, but I would check with your register of wills to see who may complete the marriage license.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: PA: Can I sue my x for 25,000 in back support. He has a sizable inheritance. court has only ordered him to pay $50/mo.

He is on disability, which is why his child support is only $50/month. at that rate we will all be dead before he makes even a dent in the $25,000. He has just inherited a sizable amount of money, so can I sue him for the back support? He and his wife/girlfriend have done everything that they can... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 30, 2021

Look to modify the previous agreement to reflect his new asset. As to a lien, I would imagine the state Child Support Enforcement Division would be able to tell you that.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: How do I find a lawyer to file abandonment charges.

My cousin was left with me 3 years ago how do I file abandonment charges on her dad

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 4, 2021

your local bar association can give you names. Or you can ask the family court who seems to handle adoptions and similar proceedings.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: sons father is not listed on his birth certificate.married and my husband wants to adopt him. don't know who the dad is

My son's father is not listed on his birth certificate and my husband wants to adopt my son. I don't know who the father of my son actually is. What do i do to get him to adopt my son?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 4, 2021

You will need to hire an attorney, but it seems that what you would do is file a petition to extinguish the father's rights. The court will order that there be a publication in the legal notices, etc.

While it might be possible to get a court to treat your husband as a step parent,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello, how to fix a misspelling of a last name by one letter on a P.R. birth certificate? We live in Philadelphia, PA
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 25, 2021

You would need to get the birth records and file with the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Family Law and Foreclosure for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have a trailer with 2 names on loan. X-wife wants it and If i let other take it, can i protect myself legally?

My X-Wife and I have a Travel Trailer together. We failed to make payments and the bank foreclosed on it and charged off the debt. They never Repossessed it. If my X-wife Takes it or I just let her take it off the property, is there a way I could get something signed saying I want nothing to do... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 25, 2021

Make sure it's titled in her name. She should give you a document that she accepts all responsibility. You say "x"--did you have a divorce (if she got posession that may cover it) or just separated?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: My ex husband is asking me for my covid 19 results, is that against my HIPPA rights?

I was exposed to covid at work and had to take a test. My test came back negative and now my husband is asking me for the results. Do I have to show my ex husband my results, since we co patent our 6 yr old son? Or is that against my HIPPA right ? We live in PA.

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 19, 2021

You can waive your HIPPA rights and I see no reason why you wouldn't want to share your negative test results with your child's father with whom you co-parent.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: I took less child support then what was estimated can I go back for the difference if I'm still struggling

I was told $276 a week but agreed on $200 but I'm still struggling to support my son how soon can I go back to request the full amount

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 16, 2021

You can go back to ask for more based on the support guidelines. There's no time frame before which you can't file but I would expect that you would have waited at least a month or more

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I have to pay for my ex-girlfriends attorney in a child support case I'm being ordered to pay the attorney directly

The judge has ordered me to pay my ex girlfriends attorney directly . Not through the clerk of courts but to the attorney directly. I don't understand how I am responsible for his fees

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 16, 2021

If the judge ordered you to pay, then you pay. Always do what a judge orders you to do. I can't guess why the judge ordered you to pay her attorney, but I would imagine the judge said why when the order was entered.,

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I slept through my PFA hearing and I am the plaintiff. What do I do now?
Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 25, 2020

So more information would be needed to answer this question effectively. Was your PFA dismissed? If so, was it dismissed with prejudice? If it was dismissed WITHOUT prejudice you can re-file it. It would be beneficial to do so through counsel however - either with a private attorney or through... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was in a coma for three days the doctor found meth in my system somehow Child Protective Services found out

I didn't give my permission for them to look at my medical records and they didn't get a court order either but somehow they found out. Is there anything I can do about them violated my HIPAA rights

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 25, 2020

It's likely that the information made it to CYS via reporting by one of the medical providers that treated you. Medical professionals are required by statute to report whenever there is a reasonable concern that a person responsible for the care of a child is under the influence of a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a defendant be held in contempt if the plaintiff and defendant exchange their child during arranged custody times?

The PFA allows contact when it pertains to the child.

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Nov 15, 2020

It depends (I know, not the answer anyone wants). For just a cuatody exchange the answer is no. However, in my experience if something gets said that isnt custody related the answer is yes. Which is why so many family attorneys recommend custody exchanges at police stations in these types of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: My children's dad owe over seven thousand in child support and the court isnt doing nothing what can i do to get it
Kent Petry
Kent Petry answered on Oct 22, 2020

Speak to an attorney and have them enforce the relevant court order(s).

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: What if a power of attorney is needed to make decisions but he can not be reached?

My brother is the power if attorney for my grandfather. There are certain things that need to be taken care of such as making sure the bills are getting paid and also the sale of the house and car, however, he refuses to answer his phone. What can we do to get him to be involved.

John Rafferty
John Rafferty answered on Oct 14, 2020

You can file a petition in the Orphans' Court Division in the Court of Common Pleas of the County in which your grandfather resides, Petitioning the Court to Remove your brother as POA; for failing to perform the job he was appointed to perform. If your grandfather lacks cognitive capacity to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Elder Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My friend's mom is near death and her sister, brothers and father are not allowing her necessary care and visitation.

Her mom lives in an apartment above her garage and is in the end stages of life. Her sister from NYC and brother from Florida are denying her necessary medical care. Can she obtain a restraining order?

John Rafferty
John Rafferty answered on Oct 14, 2020

She might consider filing a petition for guardianship of her mother, alleging that she needs assistance caring for herself and determining who can see her, and her current care-situation is insufficient. An estates attorney should be able to help you prepare and file such a petition.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a parent get in trouble if a child stumbles upon content in their phone ?
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Oct 1, 2020

Depends on the content. Depends on what "stumbles" means. Depends on who the child is. Depends on who reported it and to whom they reported it. Depends on a lot of things. Generally, there is no real good answer to this question. Don't post more facts online as you don't... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: Once a Motion To Reconsider is filed and marked by the court, does the Judge have a time limit to respond...if at all?

A MTR was filed within the allotted time. It was marked by the court. It has now been 20 days and I have yet to hear anything. A contempt complaint that was filed at the same time, was scheduled within 15 days.

Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels answered on Sep 3, 2020

Unless there's a Rule limiting the court's time to respond, there's no time limit. However, if the motion is denied, that ruling will start the clock running on noting the appeal--if you want to do that.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am looking for tips on how best to research for an appellate lawyer for a child relocation ruling in Bucks County, PA.
Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels answered on Jul 22, 2020

I can draft a brief but I am not admitted to practice in PA. You will have to find co-counsel in PA who can enter his/her appearance, can file the brief and can do any oral argument. I have done briefs in PA courts and I am familiar with family law issues.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: What would I need in order to get married if my partner is not a U.S citizen in PA?

He does not have a ssn, or a green card.

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder answered on Jul 10, 2020

Check with your local clek of court regarding identification required to marry.

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