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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for California on
Q: I lost custody of my 16-year-old grandson when he was about eight years old. He was adopted by his grandfather's sister

She treats him like a slave. He doesn't want to live there anymore but she legally adopted him. Can he leave and come stay with me. Can I be charged for harbor ing a runaway? I am no longer his adopted mother but I am his maternal grandmother although my parental rights were terminated in... Read more »

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Jun 7, 2021

You could be charged with a misdemeanor if you help him remain "missing" from his legal guardian. (272 P.C.) However, he could apply to the court for a declaration of Emancipation and be able to make his own decisions about where to live. He should have a work permit, and legal... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for California on
Q: I have a family law lawyer who isn't doing his job I'm looking for a new one. How do I go bout that

My case is all over the place. The son I thought was mine isn't but I've been trying to get full custody of him because his mom is in prison ive had him since a baby she's never really been in his life and his biological father signed his rights over while incarcerated now his out... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 29, 2021

MORE INFO NEEDED.

THE FIRST QUESTION IS WHETHER YOU CAN AFFORD A FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY.

IF SO GOOGLE FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN YOUR AREA AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

THE LAWYER MAY BE DOING THINGS RIGHTS BUT YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: My ex wont give me back my 3 dogs . We live together for 9 yrs he has restraining order against me wont give them back

We live together for almost 10 yrs. We had 5 dogs 1 of them he will pay for all the vet ect expenses but i use to feed and pay for everything on 3 of them now they have 9 yrs 8 yrs and 6 yrs i was always taking care of them . They were my emocional support dogs i need them ... he put a... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Mar 23, 2021

YOU NEED TO SET UP A CONSULTATION WITH A FAMILY LAW ATTY ASAP..........OR CONSIDER SMALL CLAIMS???

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: My parental rights were removed because of housing issues and one dirty test fast forward four years my children are

Still in foster care not being adopted my son in a group home suicidal my daughter attempted suicide its in my my greatest concern but belief that they have sustained more damage and trauma in foster care unstability and now seperation than ever with me my kids want to come home they have been in... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Dec 5, 2020

You should reach out to a lawyer who is a certified specialist in family law in or near Orange County to get the help you need to be reunited with your children. Four years, however, is a long time for you to have waited to do this, so be prepared to explain why, if you have not tried getting your... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I adopted a dog from a personal rescuer. The dog gave birth to babies. What's the ownership of these babies?

We signed a contract when I adopted the dog. The contract only mentioned that I cannot transfer ownership of the dog. The dog was pregnant before I adopted her and then she gave birth to the babies one month after I signed the contract. I have taken care of them. Now the rescuer insists that the... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Dec 3, 2020

What does the contract say about puppies? If it doesn't say anything, then you probably own them. Ask her to specify the exact provision in the contract that has been breached.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for California on
Q: My dog was stolen and it got out from the person who had it now it's the pound I went to claim my dog and now there are

Now there charging me$75 to adopt my dog

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 10, 2020

Well, you could retain an attorney to assist you for 20 times that amount. Pay it and sue the person that took it for property damages and loss of use. Small Claims.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: My outdoor cat was feral, then I tamed him. He isn't registered. I need to take him to the vet. Will he be impounded?

Will I be fined? Also, do vets care if pets are not registered? Do they offer pet registration services? I couldn't find anything on these in my city (Fremont)'s ordinances or regulations, so please let me know what the city law would say about this.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Jul 27, 2020

Whether vets report unregistered pets isn't a legal question. Call the vet and ask. I've never heard of that happening, but I don't know the practices of every veterinarian.

Fremont requires a license for every dog or cat that is owned, maintained or boarded that is over...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for California on
Q: Are there any laws or family codes that regard a parent who has had violent offenses?

Proving a parent is unfit based on past of criminal violence and domestic violence.

Shawna Murray
Shawna Murray answered on Jul 22, 2020

Yes, there are many Family Law codes regarding domestic violence. When making a child custody decision, the judge must look at the "best interests of the child." Family Code 3011 requires that a history of family violence be taken into consideration by the judge. In addition, the court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for California on
Q: We adopted 2 grandchildren years ago but didn’t change their last name. Now want it done. What are the steps & costs?
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 19, 2020

You have to file a Petition for name change in the Superior Court. There are forms available. Search the Court's website.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Vet adopted out my service dog without my consent or knowledge. How do I get her back?

Abracadabra aka Abby is my whole world, my furbaby, my Service Dog! I left her with a friend (sitter) for a few hours and in that time she got out and was part of a hit and run. I took her to the vet, told them she is my world, gave them 2 email addresses since I had just lost my phone and said I... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 13, 2020

There's not enough information here, but if the vet thought you abandoned your dog, they can give your dog to a shelter.

3 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for California on
Q: Can a bio parent give their 50% custody to a step parent?

Bio parents have 50/50. One parent is an immigrant and the other is threatening to have him deported. Can one bio parent give his 50% custody to a step parent (spouse)?

Mike Darlington
Mike Darlington answered on Jul 7, 2020

No

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for California on
Q: What is involved in court ordered reunificatiin
Chris M. Bradford
Chris M. Bradford answered on Jun 18, 2020

This is what the California Court system has to say about reunification in Juvenile Dependency Court:

You can find this at this link:

https://www.courts.ca.gov/1205.htm?rdeLocaleAttr=en

Scroll down the page.

"With certain exceptions, the court must offer you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for California on
Q: Can a judge grant child custody and visitation to a man who has never seen my child due to restraining order?

I had a child with a man who wanted to kill me and the child while I was pregnant. The child is 8yrs old and the man has never seen him due to restraining order from me and my child. The restraining order ended in 2017 and I never bothered to renew it because I moved and thought I won’t deal with... Read more »

Mike Darlington
Mike Darlington answered on Jun 9, 2020

Couple of things, first, do not send anyone to court for you other than a lawyer. A layman cannot represent your interests. Second, you need to sit down with a professional that handles family law cases in the court where the case is filed. Third, if you have not already done so you need to get... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for California on
Q: can anyone object to a guardianship or just the parents of the child? does that person have to serve the other party?

a good friend of mine who has seen me parent would like to object to it as well.

Mike Darlington
Mike Darlington answered on Apr 28, 2020

Normally only someone with a relationship to the child can object to the guardianship. However, your friend can file a declaration on your behalf as a witness. Anything filed in the action has to be served on all parties, especially the petitioner.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: my friend got arrested for domestic violence how long would he be arrested for
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 28, 2020

MUCH more info needed.

was there an injury? how severe? does he have prior incidents of DV or arrests?

who is DA? who is judge?

contact me if you would like some names to call........

you need to hire a lawyer who practices in that courthouse for these kinds of cases.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: How can I get my Emotional Support Animal back?

I was released from jail after serving two months for a warrant out of San Francisco county. Animal Care and Control released my do to a rescue shelter but they won't tell me where exactly she is located. What can I do in order to get her back home?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 13, 2019

You can't. Your dog is gone. You should have arranged for someone to take care of her while you were in jail.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: I'm moving out of my mom's house she usually has my kaiser card and other cards that are in my name does she have to

Give me any cards that have my name on it like medical card or californa state card when I move what do i do if she doesn't want to give it to me

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Sep 21, 2019

There is too much information missing to answer you. How old are you? If you are at least 18 years old, you should be able to get your drivers license or California ID yourself. You can contact Kaiser directly to have your card issued to you if you are still eligible to be insured under your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: what should I do to help a dog that I believe is still being neglected by its original owners?

So for the past 3 weeks this dog that we believed that was a stray, ie. it had no collar, has been visiting us at all hours of the day, 24/7. Around the third week, we took him into our house as we did not want him to get struck by a car during his daily trek to visit my dog. This stray was... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light answered on Aug 23, 2019

Call Animal Control. He's off leash so the owners are in violation of the leash law, and possibly mistreating him. You can attempt to adopt him through Animal Control if that's what you want.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law, Criminal Law and Child Custody for California on
Q: Should I be concerned with how my case is be conducted and “shady” things going on inside the legal teams

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I’m fighting a criminal case currently as well as being a witness in another case. I’m being refused a speedy trial until I testify. The DA is saying I won’t be charged for any wrong doing in the witness case and I don’t have legal counsel currently cuz... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Feb 23, 2019

To properly answer any legal question it is necessary to ascertain more information. It is like asking a doctor over the phone what your pain in the stomach is about and whether he could cure it. The Doc needs to get a more complete history, lab work, and X-rays etc.

I would strongly...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for California on
Q: Child abandonment or child neglect? Is the situation grounds for filing a case against the parents?

When the baby was born, CPS was called in because of the mother's (narcotic) history and baby's lab results but the case was closed. Now, both parents of the child (mother "was" drug dependent but "claimed" rehab and the father is unemployed with presumed gambling... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 2, 2019

You can call CPS and the police to report child abuse/ neglect. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and... Read more »

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