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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 Family Law and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: What would be the next thing to do while waiting on pending information from hearing on petitioner modification filed.

I have a custody case now open and the father of the child will not abide by the court orders as far as parenting plan given from different state. Case was thrown out because of jurisdiction and is now open here in state of FL. What is the next steps so I can get 50/50 here in FL as the case is at... View More

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answered on Jun 6, 2024

You are always able to request a case management conference (status conference) with the judge. Look online for your judge's division procedures and there should be instructions for scheduling. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Q: I am currently still married to my daughter’s father we have been separated for four years. We have no custody agreement

My daughter lives with me and sees her father every other weekend and he has never paid child support. I want to move to Alabama so my daughter can grow up with her cousins since we have no family here. Getting a job wouldn’t be an issue and we could stay with family until finding a place to... View More

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answered on Jun 5, 2024

If you are still married then you both have equal rights over the child. Technically you can move without his permission; however, if he goes to the court you could be ordered to return. The better path is to either reach an agreement with him or go to court with a divorce/ relocation case. Speak... 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 Family Law for Florida on
Q: My daughter lost rights to children didn't finish her program her husband is sending kids to mexico to his family ?

They live together still married can she stop kids from going alone to his family she's with children and husband thx

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

You need to carefully read the order that says "your daughter lost rights to children." That is where it will say if the father has the ability to send the children to Mexico. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

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 Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can my wife change the locks and not let me live in the house
Pamela J. Fero
Pamela J. Fero
answered on Jun 3, 2024

Your wife would need to seek a court order, like a temporary exclusive occupancy order, to have the legal right to change the locks and keep you out. This is something a court might consider in extreme situations, like if there's a concern for someone's safety. But under normal... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can my wife change the locks and refuse to let me in my home without going to court

Contract on home is in both names

Pamela J. Fero
Pamela J. Fero
answered on Jun 3, 2024

Your wife would need to seek a court order, like a temporary exclusive occupancy order, to have the legal right to change the locks and keep you out. This is something a court might consider in extreme situations, like if there's a concern for someone's safety. But under normal... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: My wife has 2 children from a previous marriage. We want to move to Orlando. Her ex doesn't work and pays for none of

The kids Insurance or extracurricular activities. My family, her family, and even his family live in the Orlando area. They have 50/50 time with the kids. We have no idea how he pays his bills as he hasn't worked In over a year. What do we have to do to force him to let us move.

Pamela J. Fero
Pamela J. Fero
answered on Jun 3, 2024

Try to talk with the kids' dad. Since you all have ties to Orlando, he might see the move as beneficial too. If he agrees, that's good! Just be sure to get that agreement in writing. If he’s not on board or things are a bit tricky, then you might need to petition the court for... View More

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 Family Law for Florida on
Q: Is my baby daddy responsible for a potion of the rent even if he doesn’t live with us ?

We split our baby’s expenses half and half and I was wondering if a portion (half of the baby’s room) should be included in the monthly expenses we’re both responsible for. Thank you

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answered on May 31, 2024

Child support is a specific amount paid based on the parent's incomes based on a formula in the law. Once chid support is paid the recipient can use it for whatever they want. It is not tied to any specific expens (like rent). Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: Does my son's father have to have custody to enroll him in school in TN and to take him to Dr visits
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answered on May 31, 2024

In Florida, assuming that you are not married, it is the mother who starts with all custodial rights. Once you go to court for a paternity case then through shared parental responsibility both parents can make decisions as long as they are in agreement. If you are in agreement with the... View More

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

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Probate and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: How do I evict my fathers live in girlfriend of 2-3 years since my father did not leave a will?

My father passed on May 26. He had recently sold a property so he should've had funds to cover his funeral cost. His live in girlfriend says that he only had $1 in the bank. The week before he died they argued about $150,000 he had at home that suddenly disappeared. My father had cameras at... View More

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 30, 2024

In order to evict, you would have to file a probate petition and become his personal representative. You will need an attorney to do that. When you are appointed personal representative, you would be able to stop her from selling what remains of his property.

It would be very strange if...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Probate and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: How do I evict my fathers live in girlfriend of 2-3 years since my father did not leave a will?

My father passed on May 26. He had recently sold a property so he should've had funds to cover his funeral cost. His live in girlfriend says that he only had $1 in the bank. The week before he died they argued about $150,000 he had at home that suddenly disappeared. My father had cameras at... View More

Linda Liang
Linda Liang
answered on May 30, 2024

I suspect she has a lease to live on the property. The correct process is ejectment. To do that, someone has to receive the ownership of the property. In that sense, you need to work with a probate attorney and a real estate attorney. If you are in a position to hire one, you are welcome to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: I was just awarded sole custody of my son (17 months old) - do I need father’s permission to obtain a passport for him?
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answered on May 27, 2024

You need to read the court order that awarded you custody. It may or may not allow you to obtain a passport without the other parent's consent. If it does not then you must either have the other parent sign the appropriate form or get a court order that gives you authority. Speak with a local... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Estate Planning and Elder Law for Florida on
Q: My father signed a new will several times. We were unable to have it. notarized or witnessed. He is dying. Thank you.

We live in Florida. The previous will was made 40 years ago and he did not read or understand it. The second will is fair to his children. I greatly appreciate your advice.

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answered on May 26, 2024

If the document is not witnessed and notarized, it will not be recognized as a will in Florida. Strict compliance with the law regarding wills is necessary for the document to be enforceable as a will.

Schedule a free consultation to make sure your father's estate plan is formalized...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Estate Planning and Elder Law for Florida on
Q: My father signed a new will several times. We were unable to have it. notarized or witnessed. He is dying. Thank you.

We live in Florida. The previous will was made 40 years ago and he did not read or understand it. The second will is fair to his children. I greatly appreciate your advice.

Phillip William Gunthert
Phillip William Gunthert
answered on May 27, 2024

I am very sorry for father's illness and his health struggles ongoing. There will be a serious issue with such a Will in Florida, it will not be a valid Will as it does not meet the Florida Statutory requirements of F.S. 732.502 (you can look it up online), what you have described without any... View More

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Q: My daughter passed away last September and I am the caregiver however the father has recently been released from prison

and he wants weekend visiting but he is a stranger to my youngest granddaughter he spent most of her life denying he was her father. My oldest granddaughter is 9 and remember him choking her momma and all the fighting. We have taken them to have an assessment with a therapist and they are on a... View More

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answered on May 23, 2024

You need to seek guidance from the court. Is there a court order that makes you the caregiver? Is there a court order that defines the father's rights? If not then you need to get one. You will not be able to exclude the father from the children's life but the court will make sure that... 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.

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