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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: My ex gf who i share a 10year old with wont leave my house for over a year n just damages home. How can i get her out?

Alls she does is drink12-14 beers a day, vandalized and damages my home. Leave child alone when i was at work alone to go drink with her new boyfriend. I have all on camera. How can i evict her asap without selling my house

David P. Badanes
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answered on Jun 15, 2024

If the child is being left alone, that is the first thing you might want to address. Some 10 year olds are mature enough to stay by themselves, but, I don't think many Judges would approve of that.

Next thing to do is consult with a Landlord-Tenant attorney. If the house is yours,...
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3 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for New York on
Q: Can my kids mom take me for more child support, if the kids are 18 and 20 and the kids don’t work?

My kids are 18 and 20 and they don’t work , I pay child support and not after 4 years , my kids mom wants more $ so she is filling saying “the cost of living has gone up” my kids are adults and if she needs more help , they should be working also

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Jun 5, 2024

In New York, child support terminates at 21. However, in most cases, the amount of support is determined by your income. Only where the court determines you are under-employed would the court deviate. Talk to a local attorney.

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3 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for New York on
Q: Can my kids mom take me for more child support, if the kids are 18 and 20 and the kids don’t work?

My kids are 18 and 20 and they don’t work , I pay child support and not after 4 years , my kids mom wants more $ so she is filling saying “the cost of living has gone up” my kids are adults and if she needs more help , they should be working also

David P. Badanes
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David P. Badanes
answered on Jun 15, 2024

In New York, you are responsible for child support until a child turns 21 years old. There are a few exceptions, for example, if the child enrolls in the military; gets married. It doesn't matter if the children work or don't work.

You might try to see if the kids will live...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Can you be legally married in 2 places?

My boyfriend said he was legally married in Maryland and in germany. He reported to me that they got divorced in Maryland but he never bothered to get divorced in germany. Is this possible, to be legally married in 2 places like that?

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 28, 2024

Yes, it is possible to be legally married in two places. While within the United States, all states and territories are constitutionally required to recognize a ceremonial marriage consummated in any other state or territory, that is not necessarily true in other nations. Whether another nation... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for New York on
Q: How to locate someone's information, like marital status and properties?

Someone in VA, US sued my friend in China, over a family inheritage matter. She tried to collect more information about the plaintiff for her lawyer. But since the plaintiff's family lives here for a long time, she is wondering how she can collect as much public information as possible? I have... View More

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answered on May 22, 2024

To locate someone's information, like marital status and properties, you can start by searching public records available online. Websites such as the county clerk or recorder's office can provide access to marriage records, property records, and other legal documents. These resources can... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for New York on
Q: I'm wanting to pursue an adult adoption in Buffalo New York but I do not live in the state of New York.

I heard that there were residency requirements for the person doing the adoption.... The person I'm adopting lives in Buffalo.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 19, 2024

An adoption attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. If you haven't spoken with an attorney by now, one option is to reach out to attorneys, where you could supplement your searches with the "Find a Lawyer" tab above and the referral sections of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Annulment in NYS grounds? ideology sovereign citizen extremism

Internet addiction to the research of the strawman stuff;

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on May 16, 2024

There are very specific grounds for an annulment (DRL 140). (a) Former husband or wife living (spouse is still married to another). (b) Party under age of consent.  (c) Party a mentally retarded person or mentally ill person.  (d) Physical incapacity.  (e) Consent by force, duress... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Hello I’m looking for information on a pro bono lawyer for a divorce
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 12, 2024

This is something that a divorce attorney would know best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Here's a link to a page on this site:

https://www.justia.com/lawyers/divorce/new-york/legal-aid-and-pro-bono-services

Some of the resources on that page look like...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: I have my son for a visit but it is outside of our custody agreement and my son refused to get on the plane to return

Home. Stated he wants to live with and has told his father and the father refuses to talk to me. My son is 15 and is going to be 16 in august what should I do I don’t want to get me or my son in any trouble but I can’t force him to get on a plane. I live in Kentucky his father is in New York

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answered on May 12, 2024

We here cannot provide specific legal advice to an anonymous asker. Her question has to do with how to react to a factual situation when an order is the governing outcome producer. The correct answer that is not legal advice is to simply follow the order.

However, as an educational point,...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Domestic Violence for New York on
Q: Can I move my children from NY to RI when there is no custody or visitation in place?

I currently have custody of my two children. We have an order of protection out against my ex (their dad). We have been back-and-forth to court numerous times because he is mentally unstable but his court appointed lawyer is fighting for 50/50 legal with physical custody being given to me. There is... View More

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answered on May 6, 2024

There is a calculus involved in moving a child without a custody order. Initially, we Americans can move freely throughout this great nation as it is our right to travel without permission of government. However, how responsive the father is weights heavily on the matter.

If the asker moves...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Domestic Violence for New York on
Q: Can I move my children from NY to RI when there is no custody or visitation in place?

I currently have custody of my two children. We have an order of protection out against my ex (their dad). We have been back-and-forth to court numerous times because he is mentally unstable but his court appointed lawyer is fighting for 50/50 legal with physical custody being given to me. There is... View More

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on May 1, 2024

You cannot move without court approval or consent from the father. Even thought there is no current order, you make it clear that the father is seeking 50/50 legal custody thus "custody" is an issue. If you were to move, you risk the court ordering you to move back to NY. You should... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Is the divorce not finalized and is the permanent custody order not in place?

We went to court to finalize the divorce 3 months ago. My lawyer called me 11/2 months ago and said there was an error in the document and we have to resign. Both parties need to resign. So I did, my exhusband has not yet. I have to get the custody order to register my children in school. I need to... View More

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Apr 18, 2024

If there is a temporary order giving you custody, that should be sufficient to register the children in school. There is no final order as there is no divorce. You will need to file a motion to get the case in front of a Judge to get your divorce and final order if your husband will not sign the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: If the noncustodial parent doesn't visit their children in an extended period of time, is this considered abandonment?

I know visits are voluntary, however is it considered abandonment to not participate in parental visits and ignore all communication. Not participate in any decision making? Will this be ground to refile for decision making in the future? How long would I wait to refile for full decision making... View More

David P. Badanes
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David P. Badanes
answered on Apr 18, 2024

Depending on how many visits have been missed and the reason the non-custodial parent has missed them, you might have a good case to file for a modification of your prior agreement. There are a lot of factors that go into whether or not your modification petition will be successful. I highly... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: If the noncustodial parent doesn't visit their children in an extended period of time, is this considered abandonment?

I know visits are voluntary, however is it considered abandonment to not participate in parental visits and ignore all communication. Not participate in any decision making? Will this be ground to refile for decision making in the future? How long would I wait to refile for full decision making... View More

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Apr 18, 2024

If the noncustodial parent does not abide by the court order of visitation, you can file to modify the visitation schedule. This must be substantial, however. Missing a few visits, especially if there is an valid excuse, might not be considered substantial enough to end visitations. This is very... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for New York on
Q: Are wills -- download forms printed from online legal?

We live in New York State

My husband (55) and I (62) would like to make a will, don't have time for a lawyer (leaving town).

Can we download a will from online (i.e.Rural Law Ctr NY provides template)

- print out

- have 2 unrelated people witness

- notarize

Thank you,

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Apr 11, 2024

A will must be prepared and executed in an exact way. The witnesses have to know what they are witnessing. When I do a will signing it is a formal ceremony and I ask certain questions of the testator and witnesses. If you do it properly then it should be ok. If you make any mistakes the entire... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Family Law for New York on
Q: uncle lives next door, threatened to kill me. Can I point a camera at his property for my safety? NY, police report made

My grandparents own the house he lives in, he rents. And I live in an apartment next door, rented. I’m unsure if the properties are conjoined, but he does have his own address.

Video footage of him harassing me. Police also contacted and report made.

Cps also called since his... View More

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answered on Apr 10, 2024

I'm so sorry you're going through this frightening situation. Your safety is the top priority. Here are a few thoughts on your legal options regarding cameras, but please remember that I'm not a lawyer and this isn't official legal advice:

In general, in New York you are...
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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Probate and Estate Planning for New York on
Q: How can I find out if my deceased brother has any open bank accounts like savings or certificates of deposit?

I am my brother’s only living heir.

Bonnie Lawston
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Bonnie Lawston
answered on Apr 2, 2024

The best way is to run a social security search. However, if you were appointed as the fiduciary of his Estate you could contact the IRS and obtain a transcript to see what has been reported in the past, contact the local banks and other financial institutions and review all his records, bank... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: If a judge has 60 days to make a decision; what happens after that if the time has run out? Do i still get a trial?

Brief procedural background:i am the moving party; i filed a petition to modify custody and OSC 11/3/23. A series of conferences were scheduled monthly on the calendar; including TWO trial dates for May.opposing counsel served me in court during January hearing: “notice of motion”,“attorney... View More

David H. Relkin
David H. Relkin
answered on Apr 3, 2024

First, a motion to dismiss scuttles the trial dates until it is decided. After the Court issues a Decision on the motion, there should be a Trial Conference to schedule new dates and procedures for pre-trial disclosure.

And, while the CPLR (not even the Uniform Trial Rules promulgated by...
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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: If a judge has 60 days to make a decision; what happens after that if the time has run out? Do i still get a trial?

Brief procedural background:i am the moving party; i filed a petition to modify custody and OSC 11/3/23. A series of conferences were scheduled monthly on the calendar; including TWO trial dates for May.opposing counsel served me in court during January hearing: “notice of motion”,“attorney... View More

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Apr 1, 2024

The 60 day period for a decision is not set in stone. If the motion to dismiss is granted then your trial will not proceed as the case os dismissed. If it is not granted then the case will go to trial. Dates for trial are assigned so the court can clear it's calendar for those days, if the... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: If a judge has 60 days to make a decision; what happens after that if the time has run out? Do i still get a trial?

Brief procedural background:i am the moving party; i filed a petition to modify custody and OSC 11/3/23. A series of conferences were scheduled monthly on the calendar; including TWO trial dates for May.opposing counsel served me in court during January hearing: “notice of motion”,“attorney... View More

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answered on Apr 3, 2024

This is precisely the kind of question we here on Justin are specifically prohibited from answering. We are not the asker's attorney and as such we do not know any of the operative facts of this asker's case. We are therefore prohibited from offering tips and tricks as to how to proceed,... View More

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