Child Custody Questions & Answers by State

Child Custody Questions & Answers

Q: I have a 14 year old son can I give up right with out supporting him I dont have money for support help

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2014

Answered on Jul 24, 2014

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Roy L. Galloway III's answer
Your obligation to pay child support won't cease until the child becomes an adult or your parental rights are terminated by a court. Of course, you won't have to pay support unless the other parent seeks a support order from domestic relations.

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Q: My daugher her 2 kids are living with me. I want to have someone move in. Can I do that without jeopardizing custody?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Michigan on Jul 12, 2014

Answered on Jul 18, 2014

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Kelly Lambert's answer
Unless that person has a background where they could be determined dangerous to children (drugs, criminal, CPS, etc) or this person moving in would make it so the children did not have adequate sleeping arrangements, this should not jeopardize custody.

Kelly G Lambert III

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Q: back in 2009 in California i filled for divorce and sole custody of my then 9 month old daughter. judge gave the father

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for California on Jul 2, 2014

Answered on Jul 2, 2014

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Thomas Davis' answer
You could file a motion to have the court's earlier order modified due the father's criminal record and limited visitation with your daughter. Most lawyers listed on Justia should be able to assist you with this. Good luck!

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Q: I want my dad to have custody over me but still be able to see my mom I am 14 what do I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Michigan on Jun 29, 2014

Answered on Jun 30, 2014

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Kelly Lambert's answer
This is something that your parents need to discuss, not you. Should your father want to pursuit custody of you, he would need to file a motion. Through that process, the judge or the Friend of the Court may interview you about how you feel about things. It is possible for him to have custody of you and not your siblings.

Kelly G Lambert III

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Q: If I share joint physical custody with my parents and I have sole custody, can I move out of state with my child?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on Jun 25, 2014

Answered on Jun 26, 2014

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William E. Scully Jr.'s answer
I hate it when lawyers answer questions by saying, "This is a very complicated matter, and you need to hire a good attorney." But, This is a very complicated matter and you need to hire a good attorney. First of all, you are unclear about who has what kind of custody of this child. Do you have joint custody with them? Do they have principal physical custody? Do YOU have principal physical custody? Gotta nail this one down, sport. Generally, in Alabama it is very difficult for grandparents...

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Q: me and my girl frind was served with a sloe emergency temp custody order is there any way I can get her back

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on Jun 19, 2014

Answered on Jun 23, 2014

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William E. Scully Jr.'s answer
Son, maybe it's me, but I can't make heads or tails out of this question. What is a 'sloe emergency temp custody order?' Is that sort of like a 'sloe gin fizz?' Or is it more like a 'slow boat to China?' Whom do you want to 'get back?' Your girlfriend? Your child? If I were a betting man, and I'm not, I'd bet that you and your girlfriend were living together. I'd bet that she is under 19. And I'd bet that her parents got a court order requiring her to return home. How am I doing? If...

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Q: I am letting a woman have my unborn child but she is not adopting it we just want an agreement that me her and her

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on Jun 10, 2014

Answered on Jun 14, 2014

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William E. Scully Jr.'s answer
Let me say first of all that I think this is crazy talk. It would be much better for your child if you were to simply step back and let the other couple adopt her. If you keep poking your nose into this kids life, you're going to get her confused about who mom and dad are. If you are getting along well with the adoptive parents, trust them to let you in when it's appropriate. OK, now off my soapbox, here's what you need to do to accomplish the foolhardy scheme that you propose: When the...

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Q: I have full custody of my two kids but now they leave with their dad during the school year i have no job now but i am l

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on Jun 13, 2014

Answered on Jun 14, 2014

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William E. Scully Jr.'s answer
You are coming in broken and unreadable, my dear and it's hard to understand what your problem is. If you have custody, then the kids need to come back to you when you say the kids need to come back to you. Your ex is in contempt of court if he refuses to return them. If you don't have any money call the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyer program (Call (800) 354-6154 and ask for the Volunteer Lawyer Program), or contact Legal Services of Alabama (1-866-456-4995) to see if you qualify. You...

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Q: My kids been living with me for ten months because their mother got evicted. She has temp custody do I havetogivethembak

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on May 27, 2014

Answered on Jun 11, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
If she has custody and you wish to modify that based on this change in circumstances. Retain an attorney to assist you in filing the appropriate documents with the court.

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Q: How do i get and emergency juristriction and custody change from ct to ri?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on Jun 4, 2014

Answered on Jun 11, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
Meet with and consult a Rhode Island Family Law attorney to evaluate your situation and advise you of your options.

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Q: I live in wilmer Alabama and I have full custody of my grandkids and their mother just moved to pace florida.she is

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on Jun 9, 2014

Answered on Jun 9, 2014

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William E. Scully Jr.'s answer
If you REALLY have "Custody Papers," that is an order from the court giving you custody of the children, then she cannot refuse to return the children. Now, you know, there is often a big difference between what people do and what they are SUPPOSED to do. If your daughter takes the kids to Florida, and refuses to return them she could be in a bunch of trouble. In fact, if you have a custody order, this could amount to parental kidnapping. However, getting the kids back from Florida could be...

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Q: Does a child have to have her own room in rossville, Ga?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on Jun 3, 2014

Answered on Jun 5, 2014

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William E. Scully Jr.'s answer
Is there a custody order anywhere? If there is a custody order in Alabama if MIGHT be possible to address this issue in Alabama. If there has never been a custody order, or if the order giving the mother custody is out of Georgia or some other state, you will probably need to go where the child lives or to the state where the custody order was entered. There is something known as the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) that governs this issue. Consult with a lawyer...

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Q: I have sole legal custody of my 4-year old son and his father has visitation about 40 percent of the time. I recently

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on Jun 4, 2014

Answered on Jun 5, 2014

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William E. Scully Jr.'s answer
You need to be very worried. The judge might take the child away from you and give the father principal physical custody. The judge might also consider supervised visitation...If I were the judge and the information came out the way you have outlined it, I would seriously consider curtailing your visitation until I was sure you were clean and that the married man was out of the picture...at least that he wasn't around the kids. Get off the drugs and alcohol, dump the married guy. Get a...

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Q: I'm taking care of my child. His father has not done anything only seen him twice. He is trying 2 get custody. Can he ?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Alabama on May 30, 2014

Answered on Jun 2, 2014

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William E. Scully Jr.'s answer
This guy is a blow hard. Let him say whatever he wants. You know what they say: "Action (or money) talks, but BS walks." Unless you are beating this kid or starving him, it's unlikely that he or she will be taken from you. (Take care of your kid, though. You need to treat the child well and shelter him or her from these disputes you and the father are having.) One thing you can do is to make sure that you aren't being a b---- about visitation. Get over the fact that this dude is...

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Q: I'm making payments to the state of Pennsylvania for back child support and consistently make those payments monthly.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Pennsylvania on May 23, 2014

Answered on May 24, 2014

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Rachel Lea Hunter's answer
As long as there are arrears, they can be enforced like a money judgment on steroids. Wages can be garnished, bank accounts levied, tax refunds intercepted, licenses can be suspended and assets could be attached. How much money did you have in the bank?

You need to see a family law attorney. There is a $300 exemption for money judgments which can be claimed if more than that was seized but I don't know if this would apply to child support (I don't know why it wouldn't but it would be...

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Q: My mother has had temporary guardianship for 7 years. How do I even begin to get custody of my children back?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on Jan 15, 2014

Answered on May 14, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
Start by talking with your mother and working to reunify yourself and your children. She may be wary of your return after so long a period. It may take time, and performance of certain tasks to assure her you are ready to return to their daily lives after such a long respite. Once you have come to an arrangement where the children are well provided for, safe, and comfortable retain an attorney to help with the legal aspects of your case.

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Q: New Jersey family court gave custody of my son 15yo to my ex-hubby can he take him to Puerto Rico w/o permission?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on Apr 25, 2014

Answered on May 14, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
Take the court documents to your preferred local family court attorney and let them review them to give you expert insight on your question.

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Q: Wanting sole custody of children in Rhode Island

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on May 5, 2014

Answered on May 14, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
5 Children - Congratulations. Meet with a local family court attorney to explore the potential conflict points and evaluate the best strategy. Child support waivers are generally frowned upon by the court as they take parental responsibilities most seriously. The most it will take is eight(8) years if none of your children are disabled.

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Q: My granddaughter has lived w/ us for over 6 years. We need temp custody or something. Parents are unfit & don't care.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on Apr 26, 2014

Answered on May 14, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
It would be a great idea to meet with a local family court attorney to evaluate the situation and discuss your options.

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Q: What's the odds of a change in custody for visitation interference,and denial of parental rights?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Tennessee on Apr 18, 2014

Answered on Apr 30, 2014

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Kimberly K. Schreiber's answer
It is hard for any lawyer to give you odds for a case. So much depends on the Judge. Always hire a local attorney that is familiar with the judge and practices regularly in front of them. It sounds like you are doing everything right. Keep exercising your phone call rights and paying child support. Have you asked for at least supervised visits to re-establish the relationship?

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