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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: I am wanting to file a petition for emancipation but I do not know where to start or even how to start.

My home life environment is not the most stable and I pay the rent and buy groceries while paying for my own phone service and needs. I have a job and make decent money at my job. I have been threated by my stepdad and have told my school and the cops when they were called on me when I tried to... Read more »

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

You would need to make sure that you have a place of your own to start. Parental consent to your emancipation helps, but it's not necessary.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: Me and my boyfriend got pulled over for having a tail light out and for some reason the officers scheduled the car

For drugs and there was some Marijuana found but I did not know about any of it now I am being charged with a class D felony and two misdemeanors, what do I do, how can I get these charges dropped?

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

See if you qualify for a public defender and/or speak with a criminal defense attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: Mother left her daughter at the father's house she's doesn't want her to go back home. With custody

He gets her Wednesdays and every other weekend. And pays child support. She said she doesn't want her to live there anymore

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

Can you clarify what your question is?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Missouri on
Q: Aunt passed away in Florida and her roommate won't speak to us family members or release her belongings like pictures

Roommates waited 3 weeks to tell family members about our aunts death

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

I would speak with a probate attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Missouri on
Q: What is the meaning of FSD not collecting?
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 25, 2021

What do you mean? Please expand upon your question so we can better help.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: 17yo living with 20yo brother; mom not involved due to drugs; legal guardian is moms former boyfriend. Comments please.

17yo is my daughter’s high school (11th grade) boyfriend. He is in need of food & transportation.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 25, 2021

What's your specific question about this situation?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Being a male can I change my last name in marriage

I’m getting married soon and I just wanna know if I can take my stepfathers last name when I get married to my wife

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 25, 2021

Yes, you can change your name. There's no law stating only a woman can change her name.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: My child was born in Missouri. Is this considered his "home state?"
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 12, 2021

Where is the child residing now? It's not the home state if he hasn't resided there for the past six months.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: My child was born in Missouri. Not married. The mother took child to Louisiana. Where will I have to get lawyer.?

I want to file for custody. Which state will I have to file in?

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 11, 2021

It should be filed where the child has resided, typically for the last six months.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Missouri on
Q: My boyfriend relapsed and we haven’t herd or seen him in over a week, we have two children together can I get fulcustody

Prior to this happening I was seeking information on getting full custody and applying for child support I’m a single low income mom now, not leaving any extra room for lawyer fees

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

If you already have a custody order in place, you would want to seek a modification of it based on this change.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: If it is strait 50/50 with both parents what is the advantage to have the primary address
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

There is no advantage per se about being listed for residential and mailing purposes. It simplifies the process for the child and the parents to know what address should be listed for the child so important documents and notices aren't split between two addresses.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Where do I got to get the form for Petition for Modification of Guardianship or termination in Pulaski Co.Missouri
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

https://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=5240

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: My child born in Missouri.Childs mother in Louisiana. Where will I have to get lawyer?
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

Where does the child live?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Where is custody hearing held if parents are in different states?

The child was born in Missouri.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

Is there a current custody hearing that is going to take place or are you speaking about one in the future? The petition should be filed in the "home state" of the child.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: How to terminate parental rights?

Child is 13, parent has been absent for 11 years. Parent is in jail, likely until 2030.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

You can ask for them to consent to termination which is much simpler. I think that if the parent has been absent for that long, then you have a good case for seeking termination of that parent's rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: I filed paternity in Missouri where child was born. Will mother of child be served in Louisiana, where she lives?
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 25, 2021

She can be, yes, so long as you specify her address

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Do I have to file another paternity petition in the state girlfriend moved to? I Filed in Missouri where child was born.
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 25, 2021

No, you file it in one state. Was the child born/conceived in Missouri? If so, that would be the appropriate state for a paternity action.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: I'm in the process of filing for paternity. What happens if girlfriend leaves state before she can be served? Missouri.

We live in Branson, Missouri

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 25, 2021

You can get her served in another state.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Missouri on
Q: What do i do if the prosecutor of my case has lost my firearm and it's legal and in my name and has no charges
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 22, 2021

The prosecutor does not retain custody of people's belongings, but regardless I would speak to a criminal attorney to better help you with your question.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Criminal Law for Missouri on
Q: I had a SIS over 7 years ago for Child Support. How do I get this removed from my background check.

It shows up as "pleading guilty of a felony" it's preventing me from getting back my CCW which I had before after the SIS. I am trying to start a P.I. business and need this resolved. I served my country and still working for federal govt for totaling 32 years and hold a Top Secret... Read more »

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 22, 2021

You can seek expungement, depending on the greater specifics of your history.

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