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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: Grandmother has full custody of 8 week old baby. Both parents in prison. Grandmother wants to sign baby over to someone.

Grandmother is already taking care of 5 children & can’t take care of an infant. She wants to find a good family to give full custody to. Can she do this without parents signing anything also? G’mother is in Louisiana and new family would possibly be in MS

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on May 21, 2022

Because the child is a resident of Louisiana, Louisiana statues would govern; therefore, you should contact an attorney licensed in that state.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Florida on
Q: My parents are divorced and have dual custody over me, can I ask my dad if I could stay with my mom on certain days?

So I’m 16 years old and my parents are divorced with dual custody over me. I stay with my mom one week and same thing goes with my dad. I got hired at a place in my mom’s town, and since my dad lives 45 minutes away from there, I can imagine it’d cause some difficulties for him since I... Read more »

Mr Eric Klein
Mr Eric Klein
answered on May 20, 2022

I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been put in this position by the unfortunate circumstances of divorce. To answer your question, if you ask your dad permission to stay with your mom, he does have control over you as to where you will be staying during his court ordered time. If he says no, the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: My ex husband & I have joint custody. I moved 2 states away but did not notify him of said move until 3 months after.

He legally objected to the move. I’m having trouble finding an attorney to take my case because I broke the law. Is this to be expected? Our current custody agreement states that if one parent takes the children out of state more than 48 hours, the other parent has the first right of refusal.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
answered on May 19, 2022

You need to hire a custody lawyer immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Family Law and Military Law for Florida on
Q: I got a girl pregnant and since I don’t want to be with her she is taking military orders to Japan.

We are both military she is Air Force. I am army national guard on a deployment. She is not going to allow me in the kids life and is going to send me court docs requesting protection. No domestic violence has occurred.

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on May 19, 2022

In Florida, if you want to assert your rights you would need to file a petition for paternity. In Florida if you take no action the mother will have full legal custody and control of the child. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: need help with foster care

Hi, We are senior grandparents to a drug dependent daughter and a father of our three grandchildren ages 5, 8, and 11. Youth service will not allow the children to be with their parents unsupervised. The children live with us and are cared for by us. Being both seniors we are on a fixed income... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush
answered on May 19, 2022

You can file a child support complaint against both parents. It might be helpful to you to first discuss the matter with an experienced family law attorney in your county, who can explain the process to you but, in the end, this is a case you can pursue on your own if need be.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Can we create a parent plan without going to court in Florida?

Mother lives in Fla, father lives in Ga

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on May 19, 2022

In general, jurisdiction of the court lies where either parent or the child lives. If you are in agreement then you can enter into a parenting plan without court intervention or involvement. I am assuming that the parents are not married so legally this would be a paternity matter. The issue that... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for California on
Q: Do I need a family lawyer in order to gainful parental rights?

I have a 10-year-old and a 6-year-old son. Their father has been absent for 6 years, he was an addict, in and out of rehab and jail, and suffers from mental health. Their father was incarcerated for a year and released in December 2021 and is currently living in a sober living house. I have my... Read more »

Tobie Brina Waxman
Tobie Brina Waxman
answered on May 18, 2022

It's not clear what you mean by "obtain full rights". Has a conflict arisen regarding your rights? Is someone challenging your rights? Is the other parent seeking custody of visitation orders? It's not clear what you are trying to accomplish.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Can I get the judge to void his ex parte order based on info I have jurisdiction was relinquished

I have court at 9 am for rule to show cause. My ex filed for emergency ex parte order and was granted it. The judge who granted it relinquished jurisdiction of any further proceeding to another parish it is stated in judgment we was given in December so how can he grant her the exparte order she... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
answered on May 18, 2022

You need a custody lawyer to file an Exception.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: Can I get custody as a father if the mother was arrested for domestic violence?

The mother and I have a verbal time sharing agreement nothing through the courts. We were never married. The mother was recently arrested for domestic abuse against myself. The baby is in my custody. The mother has a no contact order with me. Can I get custody of the child?

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on May 17, 2022

You need to go to court on a paternity case to solidify your legal rights as the father. You have custody by default at this point but that could change unless you go to court on your own behalf. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Massachusetts on
Q: Modification of child custody and child support

Can I modify child custody and support if I went from 5 overnights to 7 overnights plus taking them till 7 at night 4 other nights? And have my kids all day on Sunday while my ex is at work. Yea he only days. Don’t see them are tuesdays and every other Saturday, other then that they are with m... Read more »

Brian Waller
Brian Waller
answered on May 17, 2022

It sounds like you have a good argument for modification. If you think your ex will retaliate, just be sure you really want to kick the hornet's nest. If your kids are doing well with the current arrangement, it may be worth it to suck it up even though you feel she is taking advantage of you.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for New York on
Q: Hi, how do I give a custody back to her father

I was given custody to her but, he can care for her now, so I want to give her back to her.

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on May 17, 2022

File a petition in family court and have the father served. Ask the judge to grant an order giving the father custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Minnesota on
Q: I am a victim of an emotionally abusive and cruel wife, and i live in minnesota. She is currently out of the house

She has gaslighted me, attempted AND succeeded to ruin my reputation, my career, and has used knowledge of very personal matters (like past sexual and physical abuse) against me and even took my kids and dogs to my abusers house 4 weeks ago (my parents) and told them all of my secrets. I asked her... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
answered on May 16, 2022

There isn’t reality a cogent question here. But it seems to me that the place to start is by reaching out to some family law attorneys about pursuing a divorce here.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Domestic Violence for Colorado on
Q: If I moved to CO from NV w/ my son after circumstances w/ my son's mom. Neither has legal custody. Is it a problem?

My son's mother was arrested in NV for DV against me. She had a Protective Order placed on her for a month afterward. She said she wanted to see our son after the 30 days after the Protection Order ended and never showed. She made 2 arrangements with me and never showed up. The mom's... Read more »

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III
answered on May 16, 2022

You will need to deal with the court case in NV. Yes, you can be served in Colorado. You should get a lawyer in NV to help you with this. There may be an issue whether NV or CO should make the custody decision.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for New York on
Q: I was not aware that I had a custody case order in effect from 2014. Neither of us went to court thought it was closed

I was not aware I needed court permission to move. My ex was okay with the move for the first 6 months of relocation. He was the one who funded and moved our belongings, he was my reference for the new apartment, he paid the rent as part of the child support, he was 100% ok with the move. The move... Read more »

Sandra M. Colatosti
Sandra M. Colatosti
answered on May 16, 2022

You should file a modification petition seeking to relocate with your son. I would advise you to speak to an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: I want to relocate to PR but I have a legal shared custody with mom of 50% each how can I fight full custody
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 16, 2022

You potentially have an uphill battle. You need to show a change of circumstance or proper cause. You can move to PR, but it's likely going to come at the expense of Mom gaining primary custody, and you having parenting time in summers and major school breaks.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Michigan on
Q: Can I file for child support after 6 years with no visitation rights

My son is 6 I’ve raised him with my family. His father is 100% Absent

I have serious concerns to the point we separated when I found out I was pregnant

Mental wellness

Substance abuse

Violence

Lying about sexual abuse

I have a lot of real... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 16, 2022

First thing is that you would need to establish his paternity. Until then, he is, as you expressed, just a stranger to the child with no legal right whatsoever, except what you've been allowing for.

Think of it this way: if I (a complete stranger on the internet) called you and asked...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for New York on
Q: I’m going for custody trial it’s worth to get a lawyer to represent my case , I feel my legal aide from court is not
Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on May 16, 2022

Lawyers know the system, they know how to examine and cross-examine. Hire a lawyer

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: I need to know what "Mother's address shall be utilized for all mailing and educational purposes for the minor children

I need to know what "Mother's address shall be utilized for all mailing and educational purposes for the minor children means in our Divorce degree. I understand the mailing part but does the educational purposes mean that my kids will go to school where my ex-wife lives even if she moves?

Kristen Thurmond
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Kristen Thurmond
answered on May 16, 2022

Usually that language is to state an address to (1) have one address for important mail to come to so it is not missed and cannot be send to multiple places and (2) direct which school district to use unless otherwise stated in your agreement, parenting plan, or judgment. If the rest of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: What can I do the judge who relinquished jurisdiction to another parish signed approved an ex parte order filed by ex

In December the judge stated on the court judgment he ordered that since my ex and I no longer live in that parish that he relinquished jurisdiction to the parish of which we both now live. Yet my ex filed for an ex parte custody order and he signed it. When I called the court house and spoke to... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
answered on May 16, 2022

Sounds like something was lost in translation at the courthouse. Your lawyer needs to file an Exception.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Is it hard and expensive to change a baby’s full name after 9 months?

We are working on getting guardianship/ full custody of my nephew and would like to change his name but not sure how long it takes or how much it is.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
answered on May 16, 2022

You can't change his name unless you adopt and terminate the parents' rights.

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