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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: Is there a 3rd party in NY that can supervise a supervised visit with ex & child? Don't trust ex to complete paperwork

TX Custody order, ex moved out of state before supervised visits could be done.

Mary Theresa Colwell
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Mary Theresa Colwell
answered on Oct 21, 2022

Yes there are agencies or individuals who supervise parenting time at least in the upstate region. Depending upon where you live, options are available but some charge for each visit. The benefit is that they provide an unbiased report of the visits if you need for court purposes.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: Can cps come into your home without permission?

I was in a psychiatric center for depression and when i was talking to the therapist they asked me if i had guns in my home and i said yes because my husband is a hunter. I had a 2 year old at home and when i was in the hospital, the therapist called cps on us and they came and checked our house.... Read more »

Sandra M. Colatosti
Sandra M. Colatosti
answered on Oct 8, 2022

Yes it is legal.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Domestic Violence for New York on
Q: Can I use photos / text messages as evidence ? Instead of a police report

I was held hostage by my abusive ex , I managed to escape and I never went back . I did not call the police because I was still in denial about being abused at that time but I have photos of texts of him apologizing etc for it . Can I use this as proof for sole custody ? He abandoned his child (no... Read more »

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on Oct 7, 2022

The short answer is yes they can be used as evidence. However, just beware that you have to meet evidentiary foundations to get the texts & photos into evidence. Speak to a lawyer about this. If you have the means, you should retain an attorney for the process, if you can't afford an... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Family Law for New York on
Q: My ex is incarcerated and it was a domestic violence situation . His mother is requesting custody . Can I ignore this ?

My ex is arrested for attempted murder . He also abused me and his mom was aware that I could not escape the situation easily . She has never met our baby , called or texted me. 3 years later she is trying to serve me with papers for custody / Visitation. Can I just ignore this request ? It is not... Read more »

Sandra M. Colatosti
Sandra M. Colatosti
answered on Oct 3, 2022

You must appear in court to answer the petition. The fact that she is petitioning for custody does not mean that she will be given custody. Because she is a non-parent, she would have to first show extraordinary circumstances, such as abandonment or neglect on your part. She would then have to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for New York on
Q: How do I go about getting a marriage annulment in NY?

Married less than 6 months

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Oct 2, 2022

You need to file in. Ourt for an annulment. You need to meet the requirements of an annulment. Contact a lawyer.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: Hey so my father in law has full sole custody of my niece. the mother signed her over cause it was either my father in

law gets it or oe adoption she chose him . She thinks that she can get her back if she goes to the court and she gets vitiation rights. But she is drug attic has no place for this child. will she be able to get her back. and she also lost her first child also to cps and drugs. you can look her name... Read more »

Mary Theresa Colwell
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Mary Theresa Colwell
answered on Sep 29, 2022

Were her rights terminated or did she simply sign over custody in court memorialized in a custody order? Parents’ rights to custody off their child is supreme to anyone provided she shows it’s in the best interest of the child and if there has been a change in circumstances (assuming her... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: How is my situation?

Married for five years seperated after two years befor she come to usa now she want to divide my bank account she never added to or deposit any money we dont have kids she is working good

Mary Theresa Colwell
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Mary Theresa Colwell
answered on Sep 28, 2022

It is wise for you to make an appointment to consult with an experience family law and divorce attorney. Generally speaking anything earned during the marriage is considered marital property. Despite the fact that she may not have contributed to the account, the fact that you own an account between... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: If a couple that is separated writes a parental agreement contract, can the cops get involved if one disobeys it?

Without going to court my ex and I would like something, such as a parental agreement stating who has the kids and when. If we make a contract ourselves and sign it, if one threatens to keep the kids can the police get involved? Will it hold up in court?

Sandra M. Colatosti
Sandra M. Colatosti
answered on Sep 24, 2022

No, the cops won’t get involved unless there is a court order. What you have in mind has no legal effect. Better to go to court and get a custody order.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for New York on
Q: My aunt passed away and set her will to pass with per stirpes rules.

One of her brothers predeceased her and since he was listed, his portion went to his son, my cousin.

My mother died after my aunt but before the estate was distributed.

The lawyer reached out to me 9 months ago to say that my sister and I would split mom's share. But calls... Read more »

Jack Mevorach
Jack Mevorach
answered on Sep 20, 2022

Have a free telephone consultation with counsel.

Jack

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Ex- quit his job trying to stop spousal support. Can he do that?

I filed a order to “Show just cause” in Richmond county Staten Island Supreme Court. Court date is October 17th, to stop my ex husband to cut off my spousal support because he quit his job with the NYPD at age 54. He had 8 months to make 20 years.

He & his wife feels after his... Read more »

Derrick  Storms
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answered on Sep 20, 2022

If your spouse quit his job or is intentionally working below his earnings capacity in an effort to avoid/reduce his child support obligations you should inform the court. Show the court your spouse's prior income through his tax returns, w2, payroll statements, etc. If your spouse is not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for New York on
Q: My niece is here and is a mess, she is getting ready to go through a divorce. The husband has been seeing other women .

So they have 3 kids. She is planning on moving out and taking her eldest from a previous relationship with her and living at her mother's. The 2 youngest have severe allergies and have to stay with the Dad . She wants to know since he makes a lot more money then she does will she need to pay... Read more »

Mary Theresa Colwell
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Mary Theresa Colwell
answered on Sep 14, 2022

First and foremost I suggest that she have a consultation with a family law and divorce attorney immediately. The receiver of Child Support is determined by who has primary physical custody and the amount by a formula. I caution it is a risk that if she leaves the two children behind there could be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for New York on
Q: If I terminate my parental rights in nyc do I still have to pay child support?

I’m estranged from my twins I’ve been paying child support since they were two, they’re eleven now, I’ve kept my rights over them because I feel one day they’ll overcome their mothers brainwashing and will decide to live with me but I fear that day will never come.

Their mother... Read more »

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Sep 11, 2022

You can not simply "terminate your rights". Only Child Protection Services (ACS in NYC) can do thatnor you can be terminated if someone elsecadopts the children. If your rights are legally terminated by court order your support obligations terminate but not any arrears you owe.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: I cared for child since moved in my home at week old because mother wouldn't mother lived in home as well she took child

Won't let me see child been 21 days my lawyer hasn't done nothing and childs lawyer hasn't

Sandra M. Colatosti
Sandra M. Colatosti
answered on Sep 8, 2022

You can a petition in Family Court for visitation

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI, Family Law and Car Accidents for New York on
Q: Can CPS tell you not to be alone with your kids before you're proven guilty of a charge?

My fiance got in a car accident due to the wheel guard falling off and catching under the tire and yanking him off the road on8/25,our daughter was in the car also. He had an energy drink 10 min before and blew a 0.1. This caused him to get an aggravated dwi charge and appearance to court date. CPS... Read more »

Sandra M. Colatosti
Sandra M. Colatosti
answered on Sep 5, 2022

Yes they can

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for New York on
Q: My daughter is 18 and graduated high school has a baby has job not going to college lives with mom can I stop support
Mary Theresa Colwell
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Mary Theresa Colwell
answered on Sep 5, 2022

You should consult with an experienced family law attorney. It is possible that you can petition to terminate your support if there is sufficient evidence to show that your daughter is effectively emancipated prior to the age of 21. But if you were ordered to pay support you cannot just... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for New York on
Q: How extra marital relationship effect for child custody?
Mary Theresa Colwell
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Mary Theresa Colwell
answered on Sep 4, 2022

The fact that your spouse had an extra marital affair does not in and of it’s self render him/her an unfit parent. You should speak to experienced family attorney to determine if there are any aspects of the relationship, or the individuals in particular, that would impact the best interests of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: Is this considered relocation with the children without the other parent permisssion?

My ex boyfriend and his fiancee bought a home in CT about six months after we agreed on joint custody. It seems he has plans for the kids to live there with him but will not admit it. He lived in a 2bd room house in the bronx (owned by his mother who lives elsewhere) and moved some of his and the... Read more »

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on Aug 31, 2022

If he is taking them to school every day from CT then yes they have moved. If it is only on Monday after a weekend in CT then it probably isn't a move. It depends on where the children reside during the week. On the facts presented it is difficult to give an accurate answer. Speak to the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: Looking for a lawyer to represent my daughter. It's a child custody case where the father is a narcissistic
Kevin M. Colwell
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Kevin M. Colwell
answered on Aug 31, 2022

You are well served with an attorney experienced in the area of family law. I am happy to have an intake specialist contact you if you wish to provide your contact information. Message our firm if you are interested in a free initial consultation. This is a common characteristic in many of our... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: My child's mother gave custody to her mother when I went to jail for a month. Shouldn't I have custody now that I'm out
Mary Theresa Colwell
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Mary Theresa Colwell
answered on Aug 31, 2022

If custody was transferred via a court order, you may be able to petition for a modification of custody. It is unclear from your question whether your custody rights were ever terminated or whether mom had sole legal custody and your rights were never affected. There are certain criteria that need... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support, Civil Rights and Communications Law for New York on
Q: How can I get a court order to have visitation to my siblings?

I don’t live with my siblings anymore and a court ordered me to live with my dad and my mother won’t let me see them is there a way I can get a court to make my mother have to let me visit my siblings?

Sandra M. Colatosti
Sandra M. Colatosti
answered on Aug 30, 2022

Your father could file a petition on your behalf or if you’re 18 you could file a petition

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