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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Estate Planning for California on
Q: Mom has dementia. Husband refuses to pay for care. How can she have access to community property to pay for her care?

Due to Covid and mom's progressing condition, she is no longer living with dad in their shared home. Dad controls rents from RE rentals, and has made more money than mom. He will not pay for any care. My sisters and I are struggling to pay for mom's care. I have power of attorney to... Read more »

Julie King
Julie King answered on Jul 22, 2021

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I am not a family law attorney, but I can tell you this: Your mother owns half of the community property in the marriage and all of her separate property.

Community property is property that was earned during marriage (assuming there is no...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: I had a Pende lite with an Order to Show Cause granted by the Supreme Court Judge overseeing my divorce.

The court date the Judge gave is July 12. One of the emergency conditions was having my husband pay my legal fees. The others were Temporary Maintenance for me and my son. I am in a terrible position as a was never granted any form of financial relief or any other assistance from the old judge and... Read more »

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on May 27, 2021

It sounds as if a motion for pendete lite relief was filed. What that means is that you are asking for all of those things but they have not yet been granted. Unfortunately, the courts are still working on limited schedules due to the pandemic so you will have to wait until July to see what... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure and Divorce for North Carolina on
Q: House is headed for foreclosure and wife won’t speak to me. How can I sell house to avoid losing $$

She will not talk to me at all, changed phone, won’t even discuss school, health, etc about our remaining minor child. Once COVID protections are lifted our lender will foreclose. She won’t talk but I need to sell. It is best for her and kids as well. I am unemployed for over a year

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on May 25, 2021

It sounds like you are separated from her. The only way possible would be to file for "equitable distribution" and the Court could enter an Order requiring her to cooperate with the disposal of any marital assets. Otherwise, you cannot force her to sell. You should get an equitable... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: I have been battling a 4.5 year divorce. How do I get out of this? Judge is biased because ex is ill. No access 401k o

I filed a motion in January to finalize the divorce since I don't have access to my 401K. I also don't have access to my children's college funds (they are in college and we need the money). Still no response. During the last ruling, I filed with the appellate court because the judge... Read more »

Bari Weinberger
Bari Weinberger answered on May 12, 2021

Thank you for your question. It’s difficult to give a complete response without looking at the Orders entered in the case. A contested divorce taking over 4 years is not unusual especially if you live in a highly populated county such as Essex or Hudson. Now with COVID the time for completion... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Divorce for Nevada on
Q: As a witness in family court, can I listen to other witnesses before I give my testimony. I want them to know I’m listen

I want other witnesses to see me there listening. Not to change my own testimony or get the story straight. I feel I have the legal right to since it’s public

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Apr 29, 2021

It has been my experience, prior to COVID, that it was really up to the individual judges if they allowed the witnesses all in the courtroom at the same time. most of the time I found that it was one witness in the courtroom at one time. Since COVID, most appearances are virtual and processes are... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Tax Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Do refundable tax credits (e.g. EIC) or the ongoing stimulus credits related to COVID-19 count as gross income in WI?

DCF 150 has a broad definition of income and it's not clear if these would count as gross income for either the calculation of child support or any existing order that requires a reconciliation of support based on gross income.

David N. Iancu
David N. Iancu answered on Mar 29, 2021

I do not believe tax refunds or federal stimulus payments would count as "income" for support calcuation purposes. Government benefits like food stamps, daycare assitsance, etc. typically do not either. This obviously isn't settled law as the stimulus payments are novel.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Tennessee on
Q: Ok my ex and I got divorced in 2020 and decided that we would alternate years on claiming the kids this year it was my

Turn and up until now we have split the last two stimulus checks because they were based on our joint tax return but with this third stimulus it will be based on the most resent one which I filed single with all three of our kids am I entitled to split this stimulus with my ex even though it is not... Read more »

Ross Matuszak
Ross Matuszak answered on Mar 12, 2021

Thank you for your question. If you already filed your 2020 tax return, it seems that the government may use that information to calculate the amount of stimulus you will receive. However, other sources say that the government may use 2019 data to calculate stimulus payments.

If there is a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: My Wife's family all have COVID. She wants to bring our 1 yr old to their home for a full week. Do I have legal options?

My soon to be ex wife is taking my son out of state to her parents home where at least 4 people have COVID. Are there any legal routes I can follow if my soon contracts COVID while there?

Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow answered on Mar 5, 2021

If you don't have an existing custody case, I would consider filing one ASAP. If you have an existing case, you may want to file a Motion for Emergency Custody before she leaves alleging that the child will be exposed to a substantial risk of bodily injury. Some judges may agree that such a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: Can a joint custodial parent veto a particular child therapist?

I share joint 50/50 legal custody of my 5 yr old child w my ex. Our agreement was filed w the court in 2017. My ex would like a therapist (who has not yet met our child but has shown bias against me as a non-birth mom) to start seeing our child every other week for therapy. Our current child... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Feb 24, 2021

You should request a therapist referral from the provider who is leaving for a successor therapist. Both parents should have input for the new provider. If the other parent refuses and there is a proceeding pending or if there is not a proceeding one would need to be brought- for Modification... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Estate Planning and Probate for California on
Q: In CA. My husband/his ex never filed a QDRO. He died. What do I need to do to get CalPERS to pay me his pension?

He caught Covid in the line of duty. I had POA for CalPERS. I'm his beneficiary. I got the QDRO drafted but it wasn't ready until a month after he died so he couldn't sign it. How do I get an order from court that doesn't require his signature so CalPERS will release the lien on... Read more »

Tobie Brina Waxman
Tobie Brina Waxman answered on Feb 23, 2021

You probably don't have standing to act on his behalf in family court. That being said, there's definitely something that can be done. When someone dies, the successor in interest (probably you) can be joined into the divorce case to sign documents, including a QDRO. That's what... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for California on
Q: Can I continue with my divorce proceedings in Northern California if the divorce was filed in Southern California?

My ex filed for divorce in Southern Cali a few years back. We have yet to finalize it. I would like to hire an attorney in Northern California since this is now where I live (We both have since left S. California). My ex's attorney is based out of Southern California. Is it possible to... Read more »

Tobie Brina Waxman
Tobie Brina Waxman answered on Feb 23, 2021

Under certain limited circumstances you may be able to file a motion to change venue. If there are minor children involved and they have moved to No. Cal. and have lived there for more than 3 consecutive months, it may make sense to move the venue to a court closer to where the minor children... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Divorce for California on
Q: found my husband in our bed with another woman. he has moved out with her and his father has given me 2 weeks to get out

He has been threatening me with ridiculous things like turning me into authority for drug dealing and prostitution and tax evasion and unemployment fraud. Said his father was going to sue me for back rent and put an eviction on my record . I had to give back my wedding ring and not allowed to see... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jan 25, 2021

So sorry to hear you are being treated this way. Yes, you have rights. Suggest you contact a local Family Law attorney or the Legal Aid society about getting a divorce and seeking a temporary restraining order against your spouse, his girlfriend and his father for the harassment. Meanwhile, you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for California on
Q: Hi my name is Lory, I don’t know where to start on how to file a divorce, I want to put an end to my relationship.

We are separated many years already, he moved in with me and my kids from LA, first I agreed to him moving in with us, knowing that he already moved on and accepted that it’s over between me and him, but now i am having trouble living with him, I just want to be free from him legally but I... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jan 25, 2021

Your county Superior Courthouse will have a family law division where there are judges who specialize in hearing this kind of a case. Before Covid there were offices you could go to for assistance in filing your own documents. The dissolution petition is online and pretty self explanatory. If... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Does he not owe child support due to COVID lockdowns and terms of the child support agreement?

Ex-spouse & I signed a mediation agreement early 2020, just before legally mandated lockdowns. in lieu of paying to court, ex agreed to pay equivalent amount of per guidelines child support by paying child's insurance coverage (pretax from paycheck) & day/aftercare. Shortly after... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Jan 19, 2021

You need to read your agreement carefully. He is not "off the hook." However, if the agreement says he pays the daycare directly and the daycare closed then he can argue that he does not have to pay. You may need to go back to court for clarification or enforcement. What he did or is... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New York on
Q: I need consultation regarding a possible divorce.

I have been evicted from my home due to a fraudulent accusation by my husband since March 17th. The case have been dragged through the court system without any resolution as of today. I am totally displaced and need to know whst i can do in regards to my legal rights. We were married for 17 years.

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jan 14, 2021

It is unfortunate what you are going through at this time. The first thing you should do is file in Family Court for Spousal support if you haven't done so already and need the support. Unfortunately, the pandemic has made a mess of the court system with cases taking much longer due to... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: I married in PR live in NJ my ex-wife lives in Ohio we been separated for over 8 years can we get divorce from the u.s
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jan 14, 2021

Where you were married and where your wife lives are irrelevant to obtaining a divorce in New Jersey. If you meet New Jersey's residence rule. If she cannot be located, then service by publication is required. But that is not a problem. But, you must retain an experienced matrimonial attorney... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for New Jersey on
Q: Divorced in 2017 in N.J. Not amicably. I was awarded "life alimony". The ex just asked me to adjust alimony (no court in

Divorced in 2017 in N.J. Not amicably. I was awarded "life alimony". The ex just asked me to adjust alimony (no court involved, just "between us") to reflect his income loss for 2019 and 2020, and suggests 50 payments/year instead of 52.

My income is close to zero. He... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Jan 4, 2021

The real issue is whether your ex's income setting was impacted by Covid or whether he was claiming his income setting could not support his alimony obligation prior to Covid. If he was claiming to be unable to pay the amount of alimony owed in 2019, then the question is what took place... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Divorce for California on
Q: Is it considered kidnapping if I bring my daughter with me to visit family in Hawaii if my husband doesn’t give consent?

My husband and I are still married, live together in Southern California, and never had any custody hearings. He doesn’t want our daughter to go. His reasoning is because of COVID-19 but we just went to visited his parents in Northern California. So I don’t see the difference.

Paul Ylvisaker
Paul Ylvisaker answered on Jan 2, 2021

No. If you are parents married with no court orders limiting where when and who the child can be with, either parent can travel freely subject to not putting the child’s health safety and welfare in jeopardy. In this case that would following protocols for travel. Covid-19 has been addressed by... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Immigration Law for New York on
Q: I got my 10 year green card end of November 2020, if I get divorced now can it cause immigration issues?

I got my 10 year green card on November 28, 2020 and my spouse got physically violent earlier December for which he was arrested. He wants a divorce now. By law in NY the divorce would be no fault and cause would be irretrievably broken for 6 months(from August 2020 if divorce gets filed in January... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Dec 29, 2020

This type of case requires you to retain one of the few attorneys who is experienced in both matrimonial and immigration law. By doing so you have (presuming your facts are accurate) both getting divorced and not having your green card revoked. During this pandemic, you have a choice of either... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and International Law on
Q: How to get an international divorce recognized in the USA?

I got married to a Russian citizen in Rhode Island. Later we got divorced in Russia, where I still live and work. I want to get married again (this time in Russia), but I'd need to provide Certificate of No Record of Marriage from the US. Is it correct that to get this document I'd have... Read more »

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward answered on Dec 16, 2020

This is the first time I have heard of such a certificated requirement in over 50 years of practice. It is tantamount to proving a negative, which is damned near impossible. It requires examining the universe and concluding such does not exists

Start with the issue that marriage is...
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